Finance Lead Global Inventory & COGs

  • Company:
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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Position Summary

The Finance Lead – Global Inventory & COGs, based in Dublin, is responsible for financial planning and analysis for Alexion’s Global Inventory and Cost of Goods. This is a rare opportunity to have global oversight of end to end Inventory and Cost of Goods of a global business, with the decision makers being co-located on the Dublin site.

It is a key position within a dynamic financial planning and analysis team with a global outlook. The individual will be a critical player in long term planning, providing clear insight to senior leadership in strategic planning in areas such as capacity & resource planning. This role is recognised globally as the expert in COGs and supports strategic decision making in many areas including pricing. This role interacts regularly with senior leadership in both reporting of performance and scenario planning for existing products & in the area of Business Development.

This individual will need to be a self-starter in a very dynamic environment with the ability to both implement and continuously improve processes.

Principal Responsibilities

Business Partnering

Business partner with Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain & Inventory Management

+ Lead quarterly global inventory obsolescence review meetings

+ Present monthly/quarterly metrics and dashboards

+ Report on manufacturing activity in the month

+ Partner with Inventory Management in the coordination of year end physical counts

+ Provide costings to the Global Trade Compliance group

+ Lead and participate in process improvements

+ Ad hoc requests in support of business decisions

+ Participate in projects related to global production, supply chain, and inventory on an as-needed basis.

Month End Close

Responsible for Global Inventory and Global COGS monthly close process

+ Prepare Variance Analysis Summary and report monthly KPI’s & dashboards (Process Order Variances, Purchase Price Variances)

+ Consolidate monthly review of Inventory Reserves

+ Prepare Global COGS Dashboard

+ Review monthly balance sheet reconciliations

+ Review of month end journal entries impacting COGS and inventory

+ Report monthly results to Senior Leadership

+ Responsible for reconciling Third Party inventory with Alexion records

+ Ensure work in progress is accurately stated

+ Review profit in inventory elimination entries

+ Prepare Inventory reporting by product, stage and site

+ Complete flux analysis of monthly movements in balances.

Cost of Goods Forecasting

Owner of Global Cost of Goods

+ Prepare long range plan forecasts for cost of goods sold for all Alexion products

+ Support Senior Management with scenario analysis for product costing

+ Participate in the Annual Operating Plan and Long Range Plan processes

+ Responsible for submitting quarterly COGS forecasts

+ Variance forecasting

+ Consolidate annual standard setting in SAP

+ Inventory Forecasting and inventory revaluation analysis

+ Presentation of COGS forecasts to Senior Leadership

Internal Control & Audit

Responsible for internal control for global inventory & COGs

+ Support the development and documentation of policies and procedures

+ Ensure related SOX controls are documented & working as designed

+ Lead contact for all audit queries (internal and external).


+ Qualified Accountant

+ 5+ PQE in a manufacturing/operations environment (preferably with costing experience)

+ Expert Knowledge of SAP, with excel modelling skills a plus

+ Computer skills – Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel/Powerpoint.


+ Diploma/Degree in accounting or equivalent.

+ Member of a Professional Accounting Body (CIMA/ACCA/ACA/CPA).


+ Process focused with proven leadership

+ Initiative / can do attitude

+ Strong communication & interpersonal skills

+ Attention to detail.


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts’ Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion’s aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at: