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Controlling Lead

Apply Now Email Me Job ID R0013794 Date posted 10/25/2019 Location: Rome, Italy

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Job Description

Job Title:  Controlling Lead

Reports to (Job Title): Finance Director (CFO) Italy

Department:Finance

Job purpose

Controlling Lead acts as right hand to the Italian Finance Director / CFO in securing with his/her team that all aspects in the Controller ship area are properly structured, managed, monitored in a robust control environment and in full alignment with Business Partners as well as in compliance with all applicable policies, laws and regulations.

  • Coordinates all activities, processes and systems ensuring that generally accepted accounting standards are applied across the financial departments and that they are adhered to in the preparation of all financial statements and reports.
  • Supervises internal governance to preserve business compliance to all financial policies, laws and regulations.
  • Maintains a stronghold on all country financial and fiscal aspects, liaising with key partners such as Global Tax, Takeda Business Services (TBS) and others
  • Manages and leads support to and from critical stakeholder such as Statutory Auditors, Group External Auditors, Regional and Global Accounting and Controlling functions
  • Partners to Business Units and FBPs (Finance Business Partners) to support sound assessment and implementation of initiatives and investments
  • Strongest Integrity role model, Patients, Trust, Reputation and Business (PTRB) principles

Major accountabilities

  • Ensures the integrity, viability and interoperability of country financial reporting processes and systems, including tax, inventory, corporate-control, payment and purchasing data.
  • Supports the overall SOX & Internal Controls programs and manages with her/his teams the ones pertaining to the controller ship area, securing alignment and visibility on the ones attributed to TBS or other functional counterparts
  • Responsible for the overall period closing process in liaison with TBS, Finance Business Partners and other stakeholders; leads BS reviews, Cash Flow analytics
  • Provides timely statutory and country reporting information to internal and external stakeholders, including regional finance officers and manages the statutory and fiscal deliverables and agenda
  • Leads all Financial Statements preparation and approval flow, both on reporting and statutory processes
  • Oversees tax, compliance and audit reporting processes and relationships for the country; provides necessary data to internal and external authorities; acts as a point of contact for these stakeholders when questions arise about reporting and/or compliance processes or results.
  • Leads profitability analytics and forecasting in liaison with global tax and external tax supports
  • Ensures tight connection with Credit Management local and remote, aligning on closing activities, bad debt, credit-related judgmental provisioning
  • Liaise with Legal, Tax, HR and Lead FBP in assessing critical judgmental factors and leads preparation of Confirmation of Subsequent Events, extraordinary judgmental provisions
  • Leads assigned resources with focus on development and collaboration.
  • Monitors and represents the company in all systems deployments/developments with impact on financial results

Key counterparts

Finance Director/CFO; Lead of FBPs; SOX Lead & Finance PMO; Takeda Business Solutions (TBS) Centres; Global Tax; Regional and Global Controlling functions; General Manager and Business Units.

Internal and external group auditors, Statutory auditors, fiscal advisors

Key performance indicators/Measures of success 

Financial and Business Results:

  • Monthly Financial Reporting transmission accuracy & timeliness
  • Full compliance with Accounting Policies
  • Timely completion of all deliverables as defined by the Company’ SOX program for what assigned to the role (i.e., control self-assessments, walkthroughs, control execution and remediations, etc)
  • Proper support to Qtr and Yearly SOX attestations 302 and 404, other critical declarations

Strategy/Market Focus:

  • Internal customer satisfaction with quality, appropriateness, and timeliness of financial analyses in support to FBPs and Business Units, other Departments, TBS

Operational Excellence:

  • Reliability, timeliness and accuracy
  • Accuracy of early-warning system and results
  • Process design and efficacy
  • Up-to date accounting and fiscal expertise

People, Capabilities, and Management:

  • Interactions and best practice sharing within team
  • Cross-functional teamwork with FBPs, with business partners
  • Coordination of external advisors and SSC team
  • Liaison with Group and Regional teams
  • People focus and development

Business Partnering: Agile Though Partner

Works, develops and focuses on representing for counterparts:

  • A Trusted Advisor
  • A Solution Architect developing deep business understanding and interdependencies, applying this knowledge to co-create innovative solutions that enable financial results
  • A Connector: Joins the dots. Sees opportunities beyond own role or function. ​
  • A Catalyst: builds buy-in. Skilled and curious listener. Engages an audience to collective goals.

Number of direct associates:

2

Ideal background 

Education:

  • University degree in economics, business, engineering or related field
  • Preferred Advanced degree/courses in business, economics, engineering or related field preferred
  • Very fluent English

Experience:

  • 13+ years working experience
  • 7+ years’ experience in complex, structured multinational environments (with a shared service centre structure a plus)
  • Significant (3-5 years) first-hand management expertise in Controlling areas, preferably with International correlations and shared services set-up
  • Working experience in auditing firms (eg “Big 4”) a strong plus
  • Proven technical knowledge of IFRS, ITA GAAP (and US GAAP) principles and on-the-job application
  • Strong preparation and management of Italian statutory and fiscal requirements
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to clearly present financial data in reports distributed to regional and global officers as well as communicating essentials to non-Finance counterparts
  • Strong SOX / internal control programs understanding and experience
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Experience in structuring and administering intercompany or external affiliate financing schemes, Transfer Pricing matters and/or cash pooling set-ups
  • Experience designing and operating financial reporting and forecasting systems
  • Strong plus: experience with complex company integrations
  • Proven people management experience with development focus, delegation and trust

Technical skills

  • Proven technical knowledge of IFRS, ITA GAAP (and US GAAP) principles and on-the-job application
  • SAP in-depth working knowledge (implementation/roll-out experience a plus) with FI/CO modules
  • Strong revenue recognition understanding and related implementation and monitoring mechanisms
  • Overall strong financial skills (balance sheet mastering, budgeting and/or controlling, credit, financing and cash flow management, financial statements, ...)
  • Internal controls, SOX high proficiency
  • Proficiency with MS Office

Soft skills

  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Proactivity and accountability
  • Balanced teamwork & assertiveness, builds Trust
  • Highest ethical standards
  • Initiative, drive, resilience
  • Possesses and demonstrates a mature sense of urgency, ownership, can-do attitude, and does whatever-it-takes to delivery results accurately and timely in a dynamic work environment but always with Integrity at heart

Locations

Rome, Italy

Worker Type

Employee

Worker Sub-Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

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