Pfizer's Global Financial Solutions (GFS) Shared Services is a well-established operation with beginnings in Memphis, Tenn.
in 1997. The organization expanded to Europe in 2003, Asia in 2007, Latin America in 2013, Eastern Europe in 2014 and AfME in 2016.
GFS Shared Services has a workforce of more than 1,000 Pfizer colleagues.
The GFS San Jose Shared Services Center (SSC) for the Latin America Region (LAR) is a high performing team responsible for the timely delivery of standardized financial processes on behalf of Biopharmaceutical Finance and their business partners for the Emerging Markets.
The organization performs certain Record-to-Report, Invoice-to-Pay, Travel & Entertainment, Order-to-Cash and other related activities from regionally centralized locations in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The GFS SSC - San Jose R2R Inventory Team Lead will be responsible for finished goods accounting flow as well as the intercompany product movement and related mark up for the respective divisions within Inventory Center of Excellence worldwide scope.
The person in this position has to become subject matter expert of key inventory accounting activities such as Master Data maintenance, Purchase Price Variance analysis, GRIR accounting management and GMX submission as well as to oversight and support a team between 6 to 12 people to complete their duties.
The objective of this role is to enable the San Jose GFS organization to meet OFG business objectives by providing quality financial results and accounting support for Commercial Finance, Controllers team and Finance Directors.
This person must have strong leadership, team work, analytical and practical skills to resolve complex business cases. As well as to propose and lead simplification and automation of current processes.
Works of own initiative minimal guidance and support from Management. Works closely with her / his peers to prioritize team workload and proactively follows up on outstanding items;
based on the stage of the month / year will organize duties and distribute among team (i.e budget preparation, compliance requests).
Based on the stage of the month / year will organize duties and distribute among team (i.e budge preparation, compliance requests).
Subject matter expert of Key Inventory processes to support any automation and process improvement initiative.
As subject matter expert will be in charge of keep training plans updated as well as backup plans.
Ensure inventory process changes are in compliance with Pfizer accounting / internal control policies and SOX, including related document maintenance.
Work independently with other departments / international locations to research, analyze and resolve inventory irregularities and discrepancies.
Maintain and develop relationships with groups serviced by GFS as well as within GFS.
Ability to resolve complex accounting issues and explain them to internal management and key stake holders.
Ensure accounting transactions are in compliance with Pfizer accounting policy, US GAAP and local GAAP accounting.
Maintain elements of domestic and / or international general ledgers including the preparation of journal entries and balance sheet account reconciliations.
Prepare financial and accounting analysis completely and accurately.
Participate and lead weekly / monthly calls with Finance Directors, Commercial Finance and key stakeholders to share results and KPIs.
Prepare basic analysis for external accountants and Corporate Audit.
Takes initiative in identifying processes and initiatives that fits into our Digital Finance strategy.
Has strong analytical and process management skills.
Actively supports our GFS value proposition by keeping processes aligned with our delivery model and global standard, adhering to our internal controls structures and help identifying process improvement opportunities.
Propose and leads select in-house processes, continuous improvement initiatives, and stakeholder collaborations.
Demonstrates business acumen and be able to apply market specific knowledge in Business Partner and Customer interactions.
Effectively collaborates with stakeholders and colleagues of diverse backgrounds, including different departments, cultures, business units and countries.
Ensure the timely and proper execution of adequate internal controls, understanding our SOP and proposing updates when the documentations do not align with our day-to-day processes.
Strong people management skills to lead a team between 6 to 12 people (at least 2 years of experience).
Education and Experience
Bachelor degree and Accounting Licenciatura. CPA is a plus.
6 years of relevant functional accounting experience desirable in a Share Service Center environment.
Proficiency in Accounting Skills and US GAAP / IFRS knowledge and Local accounting for different regions (i.e Latin America, Europe among others).
Lean Six Sigma Certification / Experience preferred.
Working knowledge of ERP systems (SAP and JDE).
Proficiency in PC skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint) required.
Good written and verbal English communication skills required.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with diverse groups and individuals.
Ability to operate independently and remain focused through change or uncertainty.
This position will interface with colleagues from Global Financial Services, Business Technology, Commercial Finance, Commercial & Trade, Contracting, Pricing, Internal and External Auditors, external wholesalers, and state agencies worldwide.
Supervision 6 to 12 people
Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.