R&D Finance Controller

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 11, 2020
Administration, Finance
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
R&D Finance Controller

Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

The R&D Project Controller will be responsible for the Rare Disease asset activities conducted out of Montreal, Newton, Cambridge and Boulogne sites, R&D process standardization and be a business partner for Rare Disease TA leaders.

Work closely with the Director, Project Controlling TA Rare Diseases based in Cambridge and with the Global R&D global controlling team in the UK and Boulogne, France, ensuring that the controlling of the finances are within the framework of the Company, Group accounting and global R&D policies, procedures and internal controls to ensure: Appropriate, accurate and timely financial/Management accounts and reports are prepared for R&D and the global understanding and control of the projects/activities they are supporting.

As the primary interface between the TA Controllers for R&D, ensure effective communication on global functional and projects and Montreal requirements, constraints and deviations. Dedicated controller on potential new assets in Rare Disease. This role will serve as the direct R&D finance business partner for TA Leaders in Montreal, including responsibility for Budgeting / Forecasting and Financial Analysis. He/She is also leading the local implementation of financial processes (in coordination with shared services) as well as new global R&D processes/optimizations including clinical trial accounting and supporting portfolio and program valuations with the rest of the R&D Finance team. This position requires broad financial analysis as well as a deep understanding of R&D project activities and standard GO/NO GO decision making in R&D. Sound interpersonal skills in a matrix environment are a must.


Rare Disease Therapeutic Area
  • Support budgeting and forecasting for functions and project activities based out of Montreal
  • Coordinate with NA Shared Services for monthly financial reporting and analysis
  • Interpret results for presentation & communication to Director, Project Controller Rare Disease TA in order to consolidate key messages and issues for Global R&D senior management for capital expenditures and operating expenditures by nature and by project
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to control site related costs, site senior management and identify opportunities for improving budget allocation and cost containment
  • Once all activities transferred to NA Shares Services and the regulatory filing is complete, this position will ensure roll-out of K2 roles and responsibility ensuring the business owns the process and not Finance
  • Perform the reporting to Director, Project Controller Rare Disease TA, identify opportunities for improvement of the process and implement solutions

R&D Projects
  • Support long-term financial planning process of assigned projects by:
    • Partnering with local functions and Project Leaders and key project stakeholders to consolidate and provide visibility to R&D Finance with management on full structure costs/investments, across all functions, within Montreal, by indication, by phase and over years.
    • Understand the status and risks with all project activities and quantifying investments until next decision-making step. Challenge and provide realistic estimates, ensure no contingency planning
    • Identifying, with Montreal based business partners, parameters affecting the financial forecast (timing, probability of success)
  • Presents factual results for presentation & communication to Director, Project Controller Rare Disease TA, VP R&D Finance and to local TA Leaders

Ad-hoc financial projects as assigned

Core Competencies
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills to effectively present information to various levels of an organization
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively to influence decision-making
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), TM1 & SAP user capabilities a plus
  • Ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple tasks while adhering to specific deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to handle confidential information in an appropriate manner
  • Strong interpersonal savvy and influence skills with the ability to interact with senior leaders of the organization with poise and impact.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Experience and Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in a financial related field
  • 5 years of Financial Analysis / Planning experience, in long term project environment
  • Experience managing and controlling larger clinical portfolios
  • Therapeutic drug valuations
  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical Industry highly preferred
  • International exposure
  • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment, and be willing to work extended hours and travel as required
  • PC literacy required; MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • In depth knowledge of SAP is a must, including Financial and purchasing modules

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.","datePosted":"2020-07-13T00:00:00.000Z