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Reporting To: VP, Finance; Matrix to VP/GM Clinical Services Europe

Location: Basel, Switzerland

Requisition ID: 49978BR

When you’re part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do challenging work, and be part of a team that values performance, quality and innovation. As part of a successful, growing global organization you will be encouraged to perform at your best. With revenues of $17billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

As Sr. Finance Director, Europe you will provide financial and business support for the European Clinical Services Business Unit within our BioPharma Services Division. This position works closely with operating management to develop and execute strategies to drive profitable growth and improve quality and service levels for our customers.

The position has multi-site responsibility for Horsham, UK; Basel, Switzerland; and Weil em Rhein, Germany. In addition, the role has global finance responsibility for the Comparator Sourcing service line.


  • Support the General Manager & leadership team to set and deliver the business plan and meet key operating & financial goals
  • Manage the Annual Operating Plan process, Quarterly & Monthly Business Reviews and weekly forecasts in collaboration with the leadership team, Site General Manager’s, Service Line General Manager’s, and Finance Managers
  • Manage the Business Unit Sourcing and Procurement function
  • Ensure all sites meet the monthly corporate reporting deadlines and comply with local accounting standards and US GAAP
  • Partner with colleagues within the Business Unit and division to drive both functional and business process improvements and productivity projects
  • Provide performance reporting tools and metrics plus analysis and recommendations to operating management to optimise business results
  • Prepare and present analysis and authorization for significant capital investments and commercial opportunities
  • Develop analytical models and tools to drive growth initiatives and improve business decisions
  • Lead and coach the local finance teams and operating partners to develop enhanced skills and business acumen
  • Maintain strong internal controls to safeguard company assets

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business or other relevant analytical background
  • Relevant Accounting Qualification
  • Relevant work experience within a global matrix organisation
  • Experience of Leading and Managing multi-site teams
  • Demonstrable expertise in the following areas: operations accounting, financial reporting, internal control, financial planning and analysis, financial modeling, project management, and technical accounting knowledge, within a P&L accountable business
  • History of business partnering as well as the ability to develop and implement robust financial processes to drive effective decisions
  • The ability to identify and champion productivity improvements and create an atmosphere of continuous improvement through PPI (Lean Process Improvement)
  • The ideal candidate will have the proven ability to obtain buy-in at the executive level
  • The ability to recruit, develop, and manage professional teams and provide constructive feedback through performance and development processes
  • Proven history of leading cross functional / country teams and building organisational relationships with customers, peers and operating partners across functions & geographies
  • Experience with Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) is preferred

Recruiter: Natalie Aggelidou, e-mail: natalie.aggelidou@thermofisher.com

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 50,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Apply today http://jobs.thermofisher.com



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