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Lilly Financial Controller - Italian in Cork, Ireland

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Full-Time Employment - FTE


Roles and Responsibilities include Recognize, exemplify and adhere to the Lilly values which center on our commitment to People, Excellence and Compliance. As a key member of staff, the Financial Controller is expected to embrace and contribute to our culture of compliance and continuous improvement with a focus on streamlining our processes adding value to our business and meeting customer/stakeholder needs.

Ownership and Accountability for delivering accurate, robust and timely US GAAP and Local Italian Financial Statements, validated through regular internal and external audits.

  • Governance and accountability for journal voucher review, account reconciliation review, and intercompany processes.

  • Lead the monthly, quarterly and annual US GAAP trial balance review process through analysis and insight of the underlying business in the respective affiliates/hub, incorporating in the preparation and presentation of monthly Trial Balance to Senior Finance leadership

  • Influence and lead strong control environment and robust compliance

  • Partner with Hub/Affiliate CFO on local statutory requirements and reporting and tax matters to ensure accurate and holistic financial statements

  • Act as advisor/subject matter expert on complex accounting treatments on US GAAP and Italian GAAP and policy/procedures interpretation

Build Relationships with key stakeholders across the Company to develop business acumen, commercial awareness across a broad base of business and act as a strategic business partner:

  • Hub/Affiliate Finance Director and Teams.

  • Global Business Solution Center (GBS) Leadership and Teams.

  • Affiliate Business Leadership and Teams.

  • Corporate Financial Reporting (CFR) and European Controller.

  • Other Corporate Functions: Tax, Treasury, Manufacturing, LRL, HR and Compliance.

Influence and Drive Process Improvement and Efficiency across the Hub/Affiliate and SSC.

  • Act as the Affiliate/Hub Advocate for governing SSC performance including Service Level Agreements (SLAs), metrics and measures.

  • Focus SSC on operational excellence and continuous improvements.

  • Partner with the Global Process Owners to drive business process re-engineering and process standardisation.

  • Leading the communication of financial information to all non-financial stakeholders.

Influence and Co-ordinate the integration of local, regional and corporate initiatives.

Partner with Hub/Affiliate Finance Director to design and maintain appropriate, right sized resourcing levels to provide Optimum Financial Services and Solutions.

  • Succession Planning.

  • People Business Continuity Planning ensuring continuous and consistent service delivery (incl. training, transition management).

  • Provide technical training, coaching, mentoring for Hub/Affiliate staff, SSC.

Active contributor to the broader Lilly Controller community.


  • Lead a team of tax and accounting professionals

  • Be able to take charge of, inspire and influence a team

  • Actively connect with your people and champion employee engagement

  • Develop top talent by participating in regular succession planning and having robust performance /coaching conversations.

  • Work as part of the GBS management team to make the GBS a great place to work for all employees.

Create, Promote and Maintain Operational Excellence

  • Actively work in partnership with various cross-functional stakeholders (internally & externally) to maintain effective relationships and ensuring efficient and compliant processes.

  • Ensure the culture of compliance is reinforced continuously within the team.

  • Continuously look for and or lead where possible continuous improvement initiatives including standardization and/or re-engineering of processes and controls.

  • Drive for results and ensure best practices are in place to achieve highest standards within daily operations.

  • Drive cross-functional projects where opportunity arises.

  • Demonstrate excellent project management abilities and strong understanding of financial systems.

  • Support organizational changes.

  • Analyze and translate data into key strategic inputs and insights to drive decision making.

  • Proven ability to work on high level value-add ad hoc projects while continuing to achieve routine goals

Basic Qualificiations:

  • Qualified Chartered/ Public Accountant (Dottore Commercialista) - Preferably Big 4 Trained with a minimum of 5 years post qualified. GAAP/IFRS accounting standards knowledge.

  • Controllership experience matured in Multinational Companies is an advantage

  • Extensive Local Italian financial reporting and Tax experience

  • Master’s Degree or MBA qualification is desirable.

  • Attentive to details to ensure compliance and accurate reporting.

  • Italian native Language

  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and analyzing multiple entities with the ability to manage pressure and conflicting demands

  • Strong organizational and multitasking capabilities

  • Self-motivated professional with excellent customer service and strong working/team building relationship skills

  • Proven strong interpersonal, influencing and communication skills to interact with all levels of an organization

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Ability to build effective networks across functions, organisations, job levels and geographies.Self-motivated, with a passion for continuous improvement

  • Demonstrates good judgment and problem solving orientation

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment

  • Ability to achieve result through people, directly and indirectly

  • Strong People Management & Leadership Skills

  • Flexibility in adapting to a non-routine and fast paced environment.

  • High self-awareness and ability to operate effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment, strong communicating skills essential.

  • Systems Experience (SAP/Oracle) is an advantage

  • Significant travel expected.

Additional Information:

Company Overview:

At Lilly, we make a difference for people the world over by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help people live longer, healthier and more active lives. Central to all that we do are our talented and motivated professionals, circa 500 of whom are based at our Global Business Solutions centre in Little Island, Cork. There we boast vibrant workforce made up of over 35 nationalities, speaking over 27 languages.

Established in 2010 to gain efficiencies in areas such as General Accounting, Purchase to Pay and Order to Cash, the GBS Cork quickly excelled in its financial mandate, allowing the Cork leadership to ask, how can we apply these processes to other areas of the business? And so the GBS we have today was born, still leading in finance, but also evolving and expanding into diverse Business Service functions including Customer Meeting Services, Global HR Data Management, Medical Information and more to come on stream across 2018 and 2019.

This, along with the current physical expansion of the Little Island campus, means there has never been a more exciting time to be part of the GBS story! Mirroring the existing Island House building, the new Island Hall facility will extend our overall capacity where Lilly will continue to offer a premium workspace across both buildings, complete with healthcare, pension and life assurance benefits, subsidised canteen, wellbeing facilities, travel subsidies, car-pooling incentives, bike to work scheme, on-site parking and much more.

At the GBS, it’s not just about what we do today, but how we can continuously improve and innovate for present and future operations. We view the development of our highly skilled workforce in much the same way and want to grow your role into an empowering and fulfilling career here at Lilly. Therefore, with the sole purpose of employee progression, weekly Manager 1:1s, a dedicated Learning & Development service and Educational Assistance schemes all await you.

Above all, it’s about being part of an open, welcoming and inclusive culture, one that is further enhanced by the dedication of our committees - Culture Club, Diversity & Inclusion, Sports & Social, Corporate Social Responsibility, Health Safety & Environment and Food.

“We see Cork as an integral part of our productivity agenda. If you are excited by new opportunity and new scope, you are working at the right place.” – Dave Ricks, CEO Lilly

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Region: Europe; Middle East; Africa

City: Cork

State: Cork

Country: Ireland

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Req Id: 52168BR