Senior Controller, Financial Planning & Forecasting

Posted 22 Jun 2020

Burlington, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 207243


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 57,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Performance Materials is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.


As a key member of the Financial Planning and Analysis team, you will lead the quarterly planning activities within Life Science, including previews and forecasts. The role also requires substantial ad hoc analysis and special project support. Ability to work across departments within the company including exchange with senior controlling management will be a priority.

Your role:

  • Steer the quarterly preview and forecasting process for the Life Science Sector.
  • Lead and coordinate with key stakeholders all relevant planning activities, including development of calendar and timelines, data collection / consolidation, and interpretation of results.
  • Implement, maintain and develop the planning tools, standards, and procedures to be followed by Life Science controllers globally.
  • Prepare the reviews with Life Science Controlling Executive Committee (LSCEC).
  • Provide analysis and insights on key drivers of performance – with a focus on P&L, Net Working Capital and Cash Flow. Challenge assumptions used by the business.
  • Liaise with Group Controlling on key planning topics and ensure timely and quality submission of Life Science financials at group level.
  • Prepare presentations for Quarterly Review Meetings (QRM) with Group CFO and Business Analysis Meetings (BAM) with GL (Executive Board)
  • Provide detailed insights into revenue dynamic and spending across various business units, including commentary comparing actuals versus prior year, operating plan, and prior forecast.
  • Support with annual operating planning process and strategy development.
  • Develop simulation models to estimate future currency impact.
  • Ad hoc reporting and projects as required.

Who you are: 

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Accounting / Finance (or equivalent) required.
  • Strong affinity for and knowledge of business planning tools (TM1, Business Objects) as well as ERP systems (Oracle & SAP)
  • Exceptional Excel (advanced user) and Power Point Skills. Experience working with VBA / macros a plus.
  • Strong written, oral and presentation business communication in English.
  • Minimum of 7 years of controlling, financial planning and analysis, or general accounting / finance experience.
  • Strong business analysis and problem-solving abilities. Financial planning and reporting skills that generate business insights and add measurable value. Knowledge of current trends in finance and functional best-practices.
  • Proficient at financial modeling, including Balance Sheet, P&L, Cash Flow, DCF, NPV, IRR, and sensitivity analysis.
  • Good at workload prioritization, efficiency improvements, and resource management. 
  • Proven project management skills and ability to implement change in a global matrix organization.
  • Focus on quality.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA, MBA, or CFA preferred.
  • Experience in the Life Science or Healthcare sector a plus.


What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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