Pfizer Accountant with German in Pfizer Shared Services, Ireland

Position Purpose

The Statutory Reporting COE is responsible for the end to end Local GAAP reporting activities of the department. In addition to this the COE performs key quarterly US GAAP related activities.

In particular the German Accountant works with German market finance and internal GFS departments to execute the responsibilities specific to the German group of Pfizer entities.

The German Accountant is involved in local statutory and legal regulatory requirements including:

  • Analysis and presentation of Local GAAP accruals (Rueckstellungsspiegel(RST)) in accordance with German law (HGB)

  • Preparation of statutory Financial Statements in line with German accounting principles

  • Supporting the efficient and timely execution of audits

  • German statistical and other regulatory reporting

The German Accountant is also involved in:

  • Coordination of quarterly balance sheet reviews with key stakeholder

  • Quarterly analytical review of US GAAP balance sheet variances

  • Detailed analysis of differences between US GAAP and German GAAP TBs

  • Answering queries from Pfizer's Head Office or from the German market finance team

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for local statutory and legal regulatory requirements

  • Ensure (working closely with key stakeholders) the timely and accurate production of the

  • Rueckstellungsspiegel(RST)

  • Statutory Financial Statements

  • Statistical and other regulatory reports

  • Ensure adherence to German accounting regulations / German GAAP for all of the above.

  • Maintain Local GAAP ledgers in SAP.

  • Engage with GFS colleagues involved in German related processes.

  • Develop effective working relationships with key stakeholders in German market finance and GFS.

  • Work with KPMG to ensure timely & satisfactory completion of audits under Local GAAP. Provide audit information on a timely basis.

  • Proactively identify, rectify and follow-up on errors and causes of errors while managing the quality and development of financial statements, systems, processes and databases within given parameters.

  • Perform various analytics required in order to help ensure the accuracy of financial information.

  • Ensure adherence to Internal Controls.

  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovate solutions to operate in an efficient and cost effective manner.

  • Participate in projects that require analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Provide input as required on ad hoc requests from key stakeholders.

Education, Skills and Experience

  • University Degree in Business, Finance, or Accounting

  • Qualified Accountant or German equivalent (essential)

  • Knowledge and practical experience of German and US GAAP (essential)

  • Fluency in written and oral German (essential)

  • Minimum 3+ years of related accounting experience required

  • Experience in a shared services environment preferred

  • Experience in a multinational environment preferred

  • Strong accounting, interpersonal, analytical thinking, and organisational skills a prerequisite

  • Ability to work independently, to work under pressure and to handle several projects at once

  • SAP experience preferred

  • Proficiency in PC skills (inc. Word and Excel)

Organisational relationships

  • Internal GFS:

  • Audit Coordination Team

  • Expenditure Team

  • Accounts Receivable Team

  • Fixed Assets Team

  • Intercompany Team

  • Inventory Team

  • Treasury Team

  • Tax Team

  • Corporate Reporting Team

  • External GFS:

  • German Market Finance (up to and including Finance Director level)

  • External and Internal Auditors

  • Controllers

  • Genpact (BPO)

  • PGS and DS COE

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.