Director, Finance Shared Services - Latin America
Alexion Pharmaceuticals - Miami, FL

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Director, Finance Shared Services

Reports to: VP, Corporate Controller & CAO
Location: Miami, FL

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients with severe and ultra-rare disorders through the innovation, development and commercialization of life-transforming therapeutic products. Alexion is the global leader in complement inhibition, and has developed and markets Soliris® (eculizumab) as a treatment for patients with PNH and aHUS, two debilitating, ultra-rare and life-threatening disorders caused by chronic uncontrolled complement activation. Soliris is currently approved in more than 40 countries for the treatment of PNH, and in the United States and European Union for the treatment of aHUS. Alexion is evaluating other potential indications for Soliris and is pursuing development of other innovative biotechnology product candidates in early stages of development. Further information about Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. can be found at: .
Position Summary

Alexion is seeking a finance director with solid experience in building a team focused on financial services and control throughout Latin America. The Finance Shared Services Director – Latin America will lead Alexion’s new finance shared service center for Latin America based in Miami, with responsibility for accounting and internal reporting, finance policy and controls, finance shared services (accounts payable and payroll), procurement and taxation. The role will also ensure appropriate financial controls and compliance throughout the Latin America region, including compliance with Sarbanes Oxley.
This role will be a key leader in our newly established regional headquarters in Miami, as well as in the broader accounting and finance organization. We are seeking an individual with a solid record of contributions leading to improved financial performance, heightened productivity and enhanced internal controls.

Alexion is a U.S.-based public bio-pharmaceutical company with product sales in the United States, Europe, Latin America and throughout the world. We recognize significant potential for providing our biological product to patients in Latin America and, accordingly, are expanding our organization in this region of the world. We currently have legal entities established in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico, as well as our regional headquarters in Miami.
This role will require interactions throughout the Alexion organization including the Chief Accounting Officer, Regional Head of Latin America, country managers, as well as other senior leadership in Latin America.
Principal Responsibilities

Accounting and Reporting
Oversee monthly financial close process for all Latin America legal entities, including adherence to Corporate closing calendar, detailed review of balance sheet and income statements, revenue recognition, and other local activities.
Implement in-house SAP system and BlackLine account reconciliation tool for all Latin America legal entities.
Build an in-house accounting team that ensures compliance with Corporate standards and seeks improvement opportunities that enhance efficiency and effectiveness over financial reporting.

Finance Policy and Controls
Support compliance with accounting standards and policies, as well as compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.
Manage implementation of accounting and finance policies within Latin America.
Oversee internal and external audits including the preparation of audit schedules and auditor requests.

Financial Operations and Shared Services
Ensure efficient and effective processing of accounts payable and payroll for the region through combination of onshore and offshore teams
Support implementation of enabling technologies (SAP, Concur, e-requisition, e-payables) within the Latin America region
Support Global Procurement team within region, ensuring operational and strategic sourcing activities are efficient and in compliance with internal purchasing policies and procedures
Work with global treasury team to ensure appropriate funding of legal entities through forecast and management of cash flows and banking relationships in region. Procure local banking products and services to support business activities and oversee activities in local bank accounts

Oversee all tax matters throughout the region including working with the Alexion Tax team and our external tax advisors, addressing corporate tax inquiries, assisting in the preparation of tax provision packages and other matters.
Lead process improvement initiatives around tax compliance, tax provision and tax planning activities.
Lead reoccurring meetings with the Alexion Tax team to provide overview of Latin America tax landscape and address any issues or concerns in the region.
Coordination with Alexion tax team in active management of the transfer pricing structure in the region, including monthly reviews to ensure appropriate profitability by legal entity.
Lead Latin America finance organization to evaluate and implement where necessary, additional legal entities, including legal, accounting, banking and financial systems and infrastructure to support growing organization.

Build a local team to support Latin America region
Develop team to support region, as well as for rotational programs through Alexion finance team

Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in a combination of public accounting and/or private industry is required
C.P.A. or equivalent certification and strong knowledge of US GAAP rules required
Experience with regional accounting and/or shared services in Latin America required
Must speak and write fluent Spanish; Portuguese skills also a significant plus
15-20% travel required

B.S. required
As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Alexion, please visit or download our App for iPhones and Blackberries.
Alexion is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative action employer

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Alexion) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and delivery of biologic...