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Director Business Finance European Safety Assessment - United Kingdom  

Charles River (company)


Posted on : 14 May 2017

Project Description

Department Marketing Statement
  • Our company is one of the world’s largest Contract Research Organisations with more than 11,000 employees throughout 70 facilities in 16 countries and a market leader in the provision of product development services. 
  • We take a passionate approach to improving human and animal health. 
  • Our company is uniquely designed to meet the needs of our clients in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine and Agrochemical sectors.
  • Our European Safety Assessment Finance division currently has an exciting career opportunity for a Director of Business Finance. 

  • This key individual will provide financial leadership, direction and advice to the European Safety Assessment (Toxicology) leadership and Finance teams to develop and implement a strategy for the business, ensuring alignment with the company’s overall business and financial strategies. 
  • Accountable for planning, directing and controlling the finance functions for European Safety Assessment (Toxicology), including budget development, forecasting and control, financial analysis, and merger & acquisition (M&A) activities. 

Key Responsibilities:
  •   Serve as a member of the Global Safety Assessment finance leadership team.
  •   Assist with developing long-term strategic business plans for the business segment consistent with the established corporate goals and objectives.
  •   Communicate effectively with staff at all levels of assigned business units in order to understand the full function of the business and provide accurate forecast information. 
  •   Assume responsibility to direct, consolidate and administer annual budget preparation and in-year forecasting for the assigned business units.
  •   Provide leadership to all Finance personnel at the assigned Safety Assessment sites.
  •   Oversee the consolidation of financial reporting for business reviews (e.g., analyze results, prepare and present forecasts, budgets, strategic plans and regular in-year updates to senior corporate management). 
  •   Direct analysis of monthly, quarterly and annual financials compared to forecast, budget and prior year for the assigned business units.
  •   Direct analysis of monthly revenue recognition of assigned business units and perform monthly analysis of recorded revenue working in conjunction with the Revenue Centre of Excellence.
  •   Develop, implement and analyze commercial and cost analytics, such as standard costings for performance of the business, customers, service line profitability
  •   Perform complex analyses including year-to-year comparisons and margins on new services for forecasting and pricing purposes. 
  •   Assist with finance activities related to Safety Assessment M&A and divestiture projects and subsequently oversee the integration of new business/acquisitions into CRL’s financial processes.
  •   Work closely with internal business partners, providing financial expertise on processes and value-added management to support them in achieving their objectives.
  •   Educate internal leaders on budget management to support good understanding of their accountability and ownership.
  •   Working with business units and corporate IT, ensure optimization of operating and financial systems, including the company’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
  •   Develop new approaches, processes or methods to solve new business problems, act as an agent of change and continuously reevaluating process to achieve expecting earnings growth.
  •   Coordinate and evaluate efficiency and procurement initiatives to ensure optimized margins, and proactively work with other segments to share best practice.
  •   Assist in optimizing free cash flow through a combination of debt recovery and capital utilization initiatives.
  •   Working with Corporate Accounting, the business unit finance teams and Internal Audit staff, ensure Safety Assessment sites’ adherence to corporate governance standards (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley), pertinent regulatory requirements and to corporate finance/accounting policies, practices and procedures.
  •   Responsible for personnel management activities of individuals and groups such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.
  •   Develop short and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.

Applicants should have:
  •   Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent required.  MBA preferred.
  •   Significant experience in an accounting/finance function, with experience of working in financial analysis. 
  •   A recognized professional accounting designation (e.g., CPA, CA, CMA) is required.
  •   Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
  •   Excellent communication skills.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package: pension plan, life assurance, annual bonus arrangement and private health care
  • Excellent career development & training opportunities.
  • Humane Care Initiative: CRL is a worldwide leader in the humane care of laboratory animals.
  • Company & Team Volunteer Days: get paid to participate in One Day, company  Social Responsibility Program.
  • Employee Engagement programming: Various social programming and events such as on-site team building, charity fundraising days, holiday festivities and ice cream days in the summer!
  • Subsidised Staffroom.
  • Free onsite car parking