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Manager, R&D Divisional Controller

Black Enterprise Magazine

This is a Full-time position in Groton, MA posted November 21, 2021.


The Corporate Controllers organization providesfinancial information for Pfizer Inc.

to management, shareholders, and regulators.

In addition to the consolidation and analysis ofthe monthly financial submissions from businesses around the globe, the Controllersorganization is responsible fordeveloping and maintainingaccounting policies and guidance,ensuring adequatefinancialcontrols are in place, and addressing the ever-changingbusiness 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 theappropriate accounting and financial reporting for ongoing,newand proposed activities or transactions.

Additionally, Corporate Controllers is actively involved in influencing the regulatory environment byinterfacing withgovernment and accounting rule-making organizations such as the SEC and the FASB.

The Manager, R&D Divisional Controller role is part of the Divisional Controllers group within the Controllers organization.The primary responsibilities of this role are to support and partner with theGlobalR&D Finance teamincluding the Senior Vice President and R&D Finance Leadership team members, as well as work with GBS Memphis/Tampa and other locations focusing on controllership integrity and the increasing requirements andfocus in this area.

As theManager, R&D Divisional Controllers you will partner with Worldwide Research & Development andMedical (WRDM), Global Product Development (GPD), finance and business colleagues to focus on controllership integrity with respect to the annual combined R&D spend of approximately $9 billion.You will be accountable for ensuring the integrity and accuracy of financial reporting results in compliance with Corporate Polices and US Financial Reporting Requirementsand serve as the primary audit coordinator for all internal,external, and control matters.This will require integration, development, and implementation of processes to ensure appropriate controls and compliance, as well as meeting business needs across the organization.This position will be a key resource to leadership in handling financial reporting and accounting issues.

Among other responsibilities this role will ensurethe executionof the Divisional financial reporting requirements and will require extensive interaction with the WRDM, GPD, finance and business colleagues, Controllers colleagues, Worldwide R&D Business Development, Global Tax, Legal, Internal and External Audit,and Procurement functions.

This role will report directly to the Sr.

Director, R&D/GTN Divisional Controllers.

The team will look to you to help bring creative solutions to new and unique problems as well as ideas for continuous improvement.


The Manager will be responsible for ensuring proper controls are adhered to and compliance with all policies for day-to-day transactions within the WRDM, GPD, CBO Divisions.


+ TheManager, R&D Divisional Controllers providesaccounting support to the organization.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership and influence when completing projects and working with senior financemanagement, as well as providing technical accounting guidance and support in facilitatingthe implementationand monitoring of accounting policies.

+ In this role, the candidate will work with finance colleagues to provide support on a wide variety of accounting issues.

The team will look to you to help bring creative solutions to new and unique problems as well as ideas for continuous improvement.

This position will help to develop,implement,and ensurestrong accounting controls throughout the organization.

Specific responsibilities:

+ TheManagerperformsmonitoring controls and monthly balance sheet and income statement analytical procedures including reviews of clinical trial accrual calculations to ensure financial statements are not materially mis-stated

+ Provide month end close support such as account reconciliation and journal entry reviews

+ Responsible for ensuring proper controls are adhered to and compliance with all policies forday-to-daytransactions within the Global Research and Development Division.

+ Areas of focus will includeaccounting for restructuringand implementationcosts, FAS 112including supportingrestructuring initiatives, ensuring proper reserves, CROWN approvals, as well as providing guidance to stakeholders on criteria.

+ Manage SOX control performance and documentation in SAP PC, in conjunction with Controls Optimization COE

+ This role will also assist in the implementation of new accounting pronouncements and communication of those changes to the finance communityvia presentations, training sessions, League of Controllers, and Fin Ops meetings, as necessary.

+ You will serve as the primary audit coordinator for all internal and externalauditsand will partner with Corporate Audit Staff, KPMG and Controller team members to drive closure of open audit issues and proactively work to prevent future issues; support remediation action steps and provide senior leaders with status updates as appropriate.

Other duties include:

+ General Ledger System Reconciliations

+ Maintenance of Financial Reporting SOP for R&D Finance as well as manage SOPs owned by R&D Finance such as Clinical Trial Forecasting and Budgeting

+ Perform Clinical Trial forecast reviews periodically

+ Assess current training and policy communication process andprovideinnovative methods to educate finance community on accounting matters

+ Respond to field locations day-to-day questions on accounting and reporting and providing guidance by analyzing data and assumptions and formulatingalternatives, while recognizing when to involve others.

+ Advise others of necessary changes toAccounting Policies and Procedures to improve clarity or to respond to changing circumstances in the field.

+ Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and seminars and reading professional publications.

+ Leads variouscross functionalprojectteams, manages change, anddrivesimprovementsinitiativessuch as Project Clarity, Controls Optimization, GPD/WRDM process harmonization due to Reimagine, among others.


+ Bachelor’s Degree required.

+ 5+ years of related business/financial experience with a solid foundation in accounting.

+ Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and ERP systems such as SAP, Hyperion Financial Management, Ariba, SAP Business Intelligence, Business Objects, and Cognos

+ Experience successfully leading projects/process improvement within operations/finance function involving process improvement; able to quickly grasplatest ideas

+ Microsoft Office suite, with advanced knowledge of Excel, is required.

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

+ Accounting technical expertise
– broad technical knowledge

+ Ability to perform accounting research on a wide variety of accounting issues

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

+ Demonstrated success with managing corporate controls and driving business results

+ Ability to make decisionsand influence others

+ Innovative thinking


+ CPA strongly preferred

+ MBA Preferred

+ Big 4 accounting firm experience preferred

+ Good working knowledge of Pfizer Accounting Policies and Procedures and systems preferred

+ Experience working with R&D processes, particularly in the accounting area preferred


Business travel required, including international locations (approx.


**Pfizer requires all U.S.

new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment.

As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.**

**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.

**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.

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