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For our client, an International Pharmaceutical company located in the Basel area, Switzerland, we are looking for a

Associate Director, Accounting & Consolidation

The Associate Director Accounting & Consolidation performs the consolidation and is responsible for supporting quarterly reporting. The position holder supports bookkeeping and reporting for headquarter (partially) and a defined number of Idorsia entities. You ensure accurate month-end, quarter-end and year-end closings.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Prepares consolidation journal entries, eliminates intercompany transactions, and consolidated divisional and subsidiary financial accounts on a timely and accurate basis for inclusion in int/ext financial statements and reporting
  • Coordinate with the Group’s external auditors, overseeing the quarterly financial statement reviews and the year-end audit, and responding on a timely basis to auditor
  • Implementation of new accounting standards and other business specific accounting transaction in the Group’s accounting and reporting systems
  • Maintains and updates Group Accounts Descriptions
  • Ensures accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close processes for the respective entities
  • Performs complex journal entries for HQ entities
  • Elaborate and document complex accounting transaction (e.g., Out licensing deals, different financing transaction, etc.)
  • Prepare Group Financial Statements and Group MD&A
  • Supports Senior Director Head Finance HQ & External Reporting in all tasks around financial accounting and reporting
  • Supports, reviews and instructs globally the affiliates in accounting and reporting matters with the right sense for cultural differences
  • Supports affiliate Finance Managers and HQ controllers on corrective measures
  • Supports various General ledger bookings and reconciliations for IPL and certain other smaller client companies
  • Supports in ERP and consolidation developments and ICFR documentation updates


  • Min. 5y professional experience of which at least 2y in a group finance department or >2 y of in consulting/audit business.
  • Excellent knowledge of statutory and intercompany relations and its effect within the consolidation of legal entities
  • In-depth knowledge of US GAAP and Swiss statutory accounting and its application
  • Good experience with consolidation software SAP Group Reporting is a plus
  • Understanding of audit work and documentation requirements in consistently changing economic environment and accounting requirements
  • Good analytical, planning and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, while managing multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate with external and internal partners
  • Clear sense of priorities, meeting deadlines and timely planning of recurring tasks and closing requirements
  • Autonomous working-style
  • Self-starter capable of working independently, highly self-motivated
  • Ability to account for complex transactions (IP R&D, leasing, contingencies, pension, F(x) etc.)
  • Fluent in English; German is an asset

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