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Associate Director Finance - Animal Health (AH) Global Supplier Management



Accounting & Finance
Rahway, NJ, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Job Description

Position Description:

Associate Director, Finance - Animal Health (AH) Global Supplier Management

We’re looking for an experienced and motivated Finance Leader to partner with the business, lead and support key categories within AH Procurement in many aspects of supplier relationships such as: Vendor selection, contract negotiation & review, supplier risk assessments, savings calculations, financial controls, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting as well as financial decisions in support of the overall AH objectives.

In addition, the role will be key person in consolidating the total BioPharm results within GSM and managing PPV. The position will report to the Finance Director, AH Global Supplier Management.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Implement and oversee financial reporting and controls associated with AH Procurement

  • Manage various aspects of AH-GSM relationship through collaboration with finance, procurement, and operations stakeholders

  • Analyze contract award proposals for spend confirming cost savings and assessing other terms and conditions

  • Provide business case support for supply decisions based on cost optimization

  • Prepare, analyze and consolidate monthly results, forecasts, and other reports for use by management. Preparation of these reports requires a comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing accounting policies, procedures, and cost system

  • Support development of digital solutions as necessary and manage current solutions in both PowerBI and Aera.

  • Take significant role in the annual Budget and LROP process

  • Manage the PPV results and process in AH Procurement

  • Provide management with clear insights into drivers of business and financial performance and risk

    • Savings Performance vs Target

    • PPV performance

    • Productivity

    • Spending trends

  • Provide finance support for any other ad hoc issues that may develop

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS in Finance, Economics or Accounting

  • MBA / CPA / CMA Preferred

  • Other educational backgrounds accepted in context of business experience, demonstrating strong financial and analytical skills, and ability to serve as a team leader

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ of demonstrated experience in an accounting or finance role

  • Demonstrated ability to act in a business partnership role, advising and guiding

  • Strong influencing, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to lead through change and ambiguity

  • Strong financial acumen

  • Team-oriented attitude and ability to work collaboratively with and through others

  • Candidate must be highly proficient working with MS Office tools (mostly Excel, PowerPoint and Power BI)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Prior experience in pharmaceutical / biological manufacturing operations.

  • 2 years of demonstrated experience in a manufacturing finance or cost accounting related role.

  • Ability to work independently and be decisive in ambiguous environment

  • Excellent data analytics required alongside ability to take an assumptions-based approach.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Expected salary range:

$122,800.00 - $193,300.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:


Flexible Work Arrangements:



Not Indicated

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Hazardous Material(s):


Job Posting End Date:


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Job Posting End Date:06/19/2024

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Requisition ID:R298501