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R2R General Accounting Team Leader


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.

The GFS San Jose General Accounting Team Lead role will be responsible for supervising and managing a team of colleagues who support the Latin America market for General Accounting activities. This role will support senior leadership in the management of Record to Report activities inclusive of General Ledger Management, Month / Quarter / Year End Financial Close Activities, Balance Sheet and other GL Reconciliations, Intercompany Processing, Accounting and Reporting, and Chart of Account Management for the markets supported by the Latin America Regional (LAR) GFS San Jose


+ Support the LAR GFS San Jose Record to Report (R2R) Management to lead and manage the overall function responsible for operational performance and providing strategic guidance

+ Provide leadership within the R2R GFS San Jose function to ensure all deliverables are successfully achieved including operational performance, people management, and adherence to compliance requirements. Support and implement required transformations as needed

+ Lead a component of the R2R GFS San Jose organization inclusive of General Ledger Management, Month / Quarter / Year End Financial Close Activities, Balance Sheet and other GL Reconciliations, Royalty and Revenue Accounting, Intercompany Processing, Reconciliations, Accounting and Reporting, and Chart of Account Management

+ Manage and supervise general accounting activities for divisions and international markets supported by GFS San Jose

+ Partner with Senior leadership to develop and translate the vision and strategy of R2R from a systems, process, policy, and procedures perspective

+ Assist in the design and implementation activities regarding ways to streamline and standardize operations, including operational metrics

+ Act as a Business Partner to the Global GFS organization, market FD's and other business stakeholders. Play a key role in the development of global financial processes and enhance the capacity of the R2R group

+ Understand the functionality, interfaces, and interdependencies of Pfizer's financial processes and systems; ensure the existence of adequate internal controls

+ Help drive the US GAAP reporting process through to timely & accurate submission

+ Serve as a key liaison between supported markets/divisions related to general accounting issues, accounting inquiries, reporting requirements, and ad hoc requests

+ Manage colleagues to ensure timely and accurate submission of reporting processes and act as a point of escalation during the month, quarter, and year-end financial close time periods

+ Act as a final reviewer of financial data / submissions to ensure accuracy

+ Identify opportunities for accounting and reporting process enhancements and work with staff and senior management to implement

+ Report on key performance metrics within Record-to-Report processes

+ Support Balance Sheet Reconciliation Management System control and support (Cadency)

+ Lead and/or support the Latin America consolidated financial statements preparation process including review of financial statements, resolution of complex accounting issues, reporting to senior management etc.

+ Ensure accounting transactions are in compliance with Pfizer accounting policies and US GAAP

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

+ Lead, coach, develop and establish goals for direct reports so they can proactively carry out their role to the highest possible standard

+ Responsible for maintenance of and adherence to Internal Controls

+ Responsible for the hiring process of own team as well as collaborate when needed in the hiring process for other teams within R2R

+ In charge of performance and development of own team

**Key Position Attributes:**

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

+ Ability to lead and motivate others

+ Strong accounting, analytical thinking and problem solving skills

+ Ability to work independently, to work under pressure and to handle several projects at once

+ High level of self-motivation, energy and flexibility

+ Highly customer and service minded

+ Proven ability to drive continuous improvement. Maintain complete and accurate standard operating procedures and SOX related internal control documentation

+ Support the Internal and External audits and SOX compliance initiatives

+ Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

+ Fluency in English and Spanish Required and Portuguese Desired


+ R2R groups within GFS

+ Genpact (outsource service provider)

+ Enabling Finance

+ Consolidations & Controllers

+ All Business Unit finance colleagues

+ GRCC team


+ Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Accounting / Business Administration is required

+ MBA / CPA / Chartered Accountant required

+ 10 years of experience of general accounting experience required in a Corporate Finance, Shared Service, or Public Accounting environment

+ Management and supervisory experience required


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

+ SAP / JD Edwards experience preferred

+ Good organizational skills to coordinate and manage multiple priorities

+ Proficient written and verbal skills to enable effective communication with all levels of management

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

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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