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Inventory and Fixed Assets CoE Director


San Jose, CA 95116
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Pfizer's Global Financial Solutions (GFS) Shared Services is a well-established operation with beginnings in Memphis, Tenn., in 1997. The organization expanded to Europe in 2003, Asia in 2007, Latin America in 2013, Eastern Europe in 2014 and AfME in 2016. GFS Shared Services has a workforce of more than 1,000 Pfizer colleagues, in addition to a successful partnership with a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) partner, Genpact, in one location globally.

The GFS Shared Services Center (SSC) for the Latin America Region (LAR) will be a high performing team responsible for the timely delivery of standardized financial processes on behalf of Biopharmaceutical Finance and their business partners for the Emerging Markets. The organization performs certain Record-to-Report, Invoice-to-Pay, Travel & Entertainment, Credit-to-Cash and other related activities from regionally centralized locations in San Jose, Costa Rica.

This role will be responsible for the management of the Center of Excellence activities inclusive of Inventory, Fixed Assets, Cash Management, Month End Close, Balance Sheet Reconciliations and Quarterly Reviews for the markets supported by the Latin America Regional GFS SSC. The objective of this role is to lead and enable the Center of Excellence (CoE) GFS San Jose team to partner with the Biopharmaceuticals and PGS Finance organizations across the globe as well as other areas of GFS to ensure that business objectives are sufficiently met. The role will be a member of the Site Senior Leadership Team and will have responsibilities in accordance with this


Leadership and Management of the LAR GFS SSC Center of Excellence (CoE) function, responsible for operational performance and providing strategic guidance and direction to the function

+ Full operational responsibility for the Center of Excellence function to ensure all deliverables are successfully achieved including operational performance, people management and development and adhering to compliance requirements together with supporting and implementing on transformation requirements

+ Establish, grow and lead the Center of Excellence GFS-San Jose organization inclusive of Inventory, Fixed Assets, Cash Management, Month End Close, Balance Sheet Reconciliations and Quarterly Reviews.

+ Drive the US GAAP reporting process through to timely & accurate submission. Act as an escalation point during the close. Act as a final reviewer of US GAAP financial data / submissions to ensure accuracy. Responsible for certain close related communications including updates to senior leadership.

+ Developing and translating the vision and strategy of the Center of Excellence (CoE) from a systems, process, policy and procedures perspective.

+ Challenging the status quo and championing new ideas.

+ Designing and implementing ways to streamline and standardize operations, which includes creating metrics for success.

+ Act as a Business Partner to the Global GFS organization, market FD's and other business stakeholders. Playing a key role in the development of global financial processes and enhancing the capacity of the Center of Excellence (CoE) group.

+ Understanding the functionality, interfaces and interdependencies of Pfizer's financial processes and systems, and ensuring the existence of adequate internal controls.

+ Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and propose innovative solutions so the Center of Excellence (CoE) area can operate in an efficient and cost effective manner and achieve targeted budget savings

+ Membership of the GFS SSC senior site leadership team with joint responsibility for managing site-wide operational requirements and leading strategic initiatives as necessary on the GFS LAR Site.

+ Oversee the implementation of complex projects/issues which require experience and significant Center of Excellence (CoE) technical abilities. Work collaboratively with business units and others to execute approved projects. Manage integration or project efforts related to acquisitions & divestitures.

+ Maintain complete and accurate standard operating procedures and SOX related internal control documentation

+ Support the Internal and External audits and SOX compliance initiatives

+ Strong accounting, interpersonal, analytical thinking, and organizational skills.

+ SAP, JD Edwards & HFM experience an advantage

Must possess strong leadership skills to lead and motivate teams. Demonstrated project management skills, with experience in reengineering financial processes including implementation of financial systems and building and managing cross-functional teams is required. International experience in emerging markets highly desired.

Demonstrated effective leadership, negotiating, interpersonal and strategic planning skills necessary to interact, influence and facilitate change with senior management, GFS locations, division management and business unit partners.

Must be able to create a highly energized environment of exceptional performance, shared accountability and personnel excellence, with a commitment to coaching and developing others into leadership roles. Must possess excellent presentation, verbal and written communications skills. Ability to provide a strategic and business perspective including putting the needs of GFS, Finance and the Business Units in context of the larger Pfizer organization. Excellent business acumen to develop effective strategic business partnership with key stakeholders.

Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills. Solid understanding of accounting and finance principles. Demonstrated success in setting and meeting personal and organizational goals, including motivating organization to obtain goals. Must be able to quickly effect change and improvements across GFS SSC- San Jose, multiple Business Units and sites by visualizing, leading design and execution of business practices and processes to bring standardization and minimize complexities.


+ All CoE and R2R groups within GFS

+ Genpact (outsource service provider)

+ Enabling Finance

+ Consolidations & Controllers

+ All Business Unit finance colleagues

+ GRCC team


Approximately 55 colleagues; contingent workers as required


+ Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance and CPA required

+ Minimum of 10 years of technical accounting required

+ Public accounting experience required

+ Management and supervisory experience required

+ Practical experience of US GAAP and Statutory Accounting, and an Experience of other GAAP's an advantage.

+ SAP, JD Edwards & HFM experience an advantage

+ Fluency in English and Spanish Required and Portuguese Desired


+ Proficiency in PC skills (MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint) required

+ Demonstrated commitment to education and professional development.

+ Strong organizational skills required to coordinate and manage multiple cross divisional work process and projects.

+ Strong written and verbal skills enabling effective communication with all levels of management

+ Ability to operate independently and remain focused through change or uncertainty.

+ Willingness to travel for meetings and projects.

+ Ability to analytically review and challenge statutory financial statements to ensure completeness, accuracy, adherence to accounting standards etc.

+ SAP, JD Edwards & HFM experience an advantage

+ Demonstrated advanced technical US GAAP and financial reporting knowledge and experience

+ Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

+ Ability to informally and formally develop and influence staff and senior accountants through coaching/mentoring

+ Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and solve problems in an unstructured environment

+ Strong business acumen and professionalism with the ability to interface effectively with all levels of management and operations colleagues in all applicable Pfizer Finance and business functional areas

+ Ability to perform and deliver in areas involving ambiguity


+ Standard Finance and Accounting Office work

+ Ability to travel to attend meetings domestically and Internationally

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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