Join bluebird bio’s enthusiastic, collaborative, fast-moving and rapidly growing team and contribute to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approach.
Based in Zug, Switzerland, this position is designed for an internationally experienced strong team contributor that will play a crucial role in the preparation and reporting of the European financials as well as in implementation of the company’s systems, processes, policies and internal controls for the operations in Europe.
The role will take on interesting and challenging responsibilities and projects as our organization continues to grow in both size and complexity, and will serve a critical role in the European Finance organization.
This role will report to the Controller Europe. The ideal candidate for this role aspires to grow with the company, is willing to provide support in all areas of the business.
About the role :
Accounting operations, close and financial reporting :
Perform monthly, quarterly and yearly US GAAP close activities for several EU entities including preparing and recording journal entries (payroll, accruals, bank reconciliations, prepaid, etc) and performing balance sheet reconciliations.
Ensure strong internal controls environment and maintain documentation evidencing SOX 404 compliance
Collaborate with US Finance team on accounting and reporting activities
Maintain the fixed asset module including adding / disposing of assets, performing monthly depreciation, tagging new assets upon acquisition, and updating monthly reports
Perform analytical review of financial results, ad hoc analysis and KPIs reporting
Build the European Finance nest
Support the design and build of the European Finance function and take on additional responsibilities during build up phase in areas such as Procure to Pay, Order to Cash, Direct and Indirect tax, Intrastat reporting and Treasury
Ad hoc projects
Financial policies, procedures and processes and internal controls
Ensure compliance with laws and policies
Partner cross-functionally and cross-regionally in the development and oversight of financial policies and procedures to ensure operational efficiency and scalability for a rapidly growing organization
Support evaluation and evolution of financial operations policies and procedures in collaboration with Cambridge Finance team
Systems and processes :
Support Cambridge Finance team in oversight of financial systems
Collaborate with Cambridge teams and external partners to ensure successful development, implementation, improvement and roll-
out of financial systems
Financial statement filings, audit management and local compliance
Prepare information for statutory financial statement and tax returns and support statutory audits
Liaise with external accounting and tax providers across Europe
Assist with quarterly consolidated audit preparation, as needed
Support European Finance interaction with internal and external auditors and local authorities
About you :
Bachelor or Master degree in Accounting or Finance preferred
5 years of experience in an accounting role
Big 4 and biotech experience is preferred
Advanced financial systems knowledge - Oracle Financials and Blackline is a plus
Strong financial analysis and accounting skills, thorough knowledge of US GAAP and / or IFRS accounting principles
Experience in a growth stage company in an International environment working with outside and remote internal and external resources with tight deadlines.
Hands-on and roll-up the sleeves mentality with willingness to take on broad set of responsibilities while the organization is being built up
Ability to effectively communicate and provide a high level of service to internal and external customers, including all levels within the company
Individual must be organized, detail-oriented, proactive, problem solving, self-starting and energetic
Fluent English. Other main European languages preferred.
Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture : b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself
Eligible to work in Switzerland. No relocation offered.