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Director, Accounting Policy and Education

Pfizer


Location:
New York, NY
Date:
12/20/2017
2017-12-202018-02-11
Pfizer
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**ROLE SUMMARY**



The Corporate Controllers organization provides financial information for Pfizer Inc. to management, shareholders, and regulators. In addition to the consolidation and analysis of the monthly financial submissions from businesses around the globe, the Controllers organization is responsible for developing and maintaining accounting policies and guidance, ensuring adequate financial controls are in place, and addressing the ever-changing business and regulatory requirements. To better meet these needs the Controller Organization is an active partner with the worldwide finance leaders and business operations teams, advising on the appropriate accounting and financial reporting for ongoing, new and proposed activities or transactions. Additionally, Corporate Controllers is actively involved in influencing the regulatory environment by interfacing with government and financial organizations such as the SEC and the FASB.







The primary responsibilities of this Director of Accounting Policy and Education role are to provide technical analysis of the standard setting activities of the FASB/SEC/AICPA/IASB; to ensure that accounting policies and procedures are up-to-date and responsive; to develop and support technical accounting training programs for the world-wide finance organization; and to assist with the implementation of new accounting standards. Responsibilities also include researching technical accounting issues, project management and effective interaction with stakeholders, supporting the preparation of SEC financial reporting requirements, ensuring that accounting policies and procedures are up-to-date and responsive, liaise with external and internal auditors on accounting and reporting issues, and participate on special projects such as carve out financial statements or new accounting standard implementation projects. Effective communication and collaboration skills are critical.







This role will report to the Senior Director Technical Accounting, Accounting Advisory Services.







**ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES**



Overall specific responsibilities could include:







+ Tracking activity of Standard Setting in the US (and of the IASB), analyzing potential impact to Pfizer, prepare executive summary of new rules and potential impact, preparing comment letters with Pfizer's views on new proposed accounting standards.



+ Preparing or revising Controller's Accounting Policies and Procedures to reflect new accounting pronouncements or guidance, to improve clarity or to respond to changing circumstances.



+ Responding to operating and finance division's training needs related to accounting and reporting by developing and providing web-based or on-site training programs.



+ Monitoring and analyzing relevant proposed accounting rule changes; assisting in the implementation of new requirements.



+ Assisting external auditors and internal audit team with control and substantive audit requests.



+ Providing support and accounting guidance to other Controller team members, division finance and project teams on complex transactions (in consultation with supervisors) to ensure proper compliance with U.S. GAAP and Corporate policy.



+ Researching accounting issues and documenting conclusions in formal memos or position papers.



+ Special projects, as identified, concerning accounting and financial reporting, including work on carve-out financial statements, implementation of new accounting standards, etc..



+ Maintaining professional and technical knowledge, and meeting continuing professional education requirements, by attending educational workshops and conferences, and reading professional publications.



+ Participating in presentations/training sessions on technical accounting issues.



+ Representing Pfizer at PhRMA Accounting and other peer group meetings to discuss accounting and reporting issues facing Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry, learn about best practices and benchmark key issues.







Financial Reporting







+ Provides oversight and reviews of selected areas as part of the preparation of Form 10K/10Q in accordance with US GAAP and SEC requirements, including the preparation of the quarterly and annual SAB 74 disclosure for the impact of recently issued accounting standards.



+ Assists in the implementation of both financial reporting and management reporting changes where required.



+ Works with our external and internal auditors in understanding and resolving concerns.







Controls / Compliance







+ Responsible for identifying and implementing control and process improvements, and simplification measures, related to the collective responsibilities of this role.



+ Provides guidance on accounting policies and procedures in accordance with Corporate policy to help ensure proper compliance.



+ Works with GRCC (Global Risk, Compliance and Control) and Corporate Audit, where necessary, to understand concerns and support remediation action steps.



+ Partners with Corporate Audit Staff and Controller team members to drive closure of open audit issues and proactively work to prevent future issues/manage risk and provides senior leaders with status updates as appropriate.



+ Develops a strong relationship between Technical Accounting and our external auditors (KPMG LLP)



+ Proactively flags controls concerns and recommends improvements for remediation.







Provide Accounting Expertise







+ Proactively provides timely guidance and expertise to worldwide Controllership and Finance teams on accounting issues, guaranteeing compliance with U.S. GAAP, Corporate Policies and SEC rules. Respond to day-to-day questions on accounting and reporting and providing guidance by analyzing data and assumptions and formulating possible alternatives, while recognizing when to involve others.



+ Provide accounting advisory services and technical accounting memos for new or changing strategies, transactions, initiatives and activities.







Policy/Process







+ Drives consistent and effective policy guidance globally, while understanding and considering the perspectives of the global markets.



+ Continuously reviews Pfizer's US GAAP accounting policies to ensure that they are current and provide clear direction to accounting personnel when applying US GAAP to Pfizer's business activities.







Leadership/Management







+ Builds strong collaborative relationships, open transparent communication, and effective partnership and coordination with global stakeholders



+ Works as a team member and assists other in Controllers/Finance in navigating issues and providing guidance with regards to execution or implementation of accounting and financial reporting related items within their respective areas of responsibilities.



+ Ensures effective, clear and timely communications to aid in enabling appropriate execution of US GAAP accounting rules and Company policies.



+ Coordinates issues with the Core Operations and Divisional Controllers teams.







**QUALIFICATIONS**



Training and Education:







+ Bachelor degree in accounting required



+ Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a minimum of 5 years' experience with a Big 4 accounting firm



+ MBA or advanced degree in finance or accounting a plus







Prior Experience and Skills:







+ 10+ years of overall technical accounting experience required. Experience must be directly related to publicly held companies. Combined public accounting / private industry experience is a plus.



+ Demonstrated proficiency in US GAAP and SEC rules; strong technical and analytical accounting skills; knowledge of standard setter processes.



+ Excellent oral and written communication skills enabling effective communication with all levels of management; able to communicate complex concepts in a concise manner; ability to work effectively as a member of a team.



+ Knowledge of accounting rules, processes and financial statement disclosure requirements, and strong business acumen.



+ Leads effective and efficient projects; Drives issues to resolution



+ Strong analytical skills; able to clearly link financial results/projections to operational performance drivers.



+ Proven ability to work across functions and positively influence outcomes when there is not a direct reporting line.



+ Demonstrated track record of delivering results in a complex matrixed organization.



+ Ability to make decisions and influence others.



+ Experience working across multiple levels (including executive level), functions and regions







Technical Skills:







+ Demonstrated proficiency in US GAAP, SEC Rules and FASB standards;



+ Demonstrated experience with technical accounting research; experience understanding, interpreting and applying US GAAP and SEC accounting rules, including complex technical accounting areas.







**EEO & Employment Eligibility**



Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.







**Sunshine Act**



Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.







**Other Job Details:**







+ **Last Date to Apply for Job: 01/26/2018**



+ Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus







Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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