Pfizer Business Finance Analyst in Sandton, South Africa


The analyst is accountable to provide analytical decision support for internal customers (both local and HQ). It includes the coordination/ lead of the advanced planning, reporting and analysis process and provision of high quality financial information to contribute to the successful achievement of business and operating plans whilst adhering to policy guidelines and regulatory requirements.


  • Partnering with business finance, commercial departments and all groups in providing value added analytical analysis used in driving complete and informed decision making

  • Prepare and validate the monthly financial statements. Ensure data integrity of the P&L and balance sheet information and follow up on differences/variances to budget/expectations

  • Support and facilitate management decision-making through the provision of financial analysis, support and advice

  • Ensures that the monthly cost centre reports are available on time, are accurate and complete and works with the business management to interpret them

  • Ensure compliance to regulatory, organisational and audit requirements

  • Prepare monthly management reports and analysis which includes business P&L's with actual vs budget vs prior year vs forecast, sales analysis in total and at product level, cost of sales analysis and expenses analysis

  • Manage and report all product inventories to ensure that we adhere to Inventory Policies and Procedures and that Inventory is correctly stated and accounted for

  • Coordinate the budget and forecast preparation of the relevant business unit by providing the necessary tools and reviewing the plans to ensure that they meet the stated company revenue and profit targets and that they are produced within the stated timeframes

  • Responsible and accountable for the development and maintenance of a finance centre of expertise for routine finance matters (e.g. overheads, processes, cost centre set up, ASL's, transfers, etc.)

  • The development and maintenance of a management accounting system and maintenance of financial reporting systems

  • Leading the annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting processes

  • Provides ad hoc periodic reporting


  • Significant interaction with FD, marketing and sales departments (Commercial Team)


  • B.Comm (Accounting/ Finance/ Economics/ Business or Analytical emphasis)

  • 2-3 years management accounting/ finance experience preferably in the Pharmaceutical industry or manufacturing industry

  • Qualifications (CIMA, CA, CPA, ACCA, etc) an added advantage


  • Advanced computer literacy, knowledge of SUN system an added advantage

  • Working knowledge of standard financial accounting software/ ERP

  • Strong MS Office skills

  • Analytical skills and good background on data analysis

  • Strong numerical and accounting/ finance skills

  • Management accounting/ inventory accounting/ cost accounting/ manufacturing accounting - added advantage


Demonstrates Business Acumen - Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.

Seizes Accountability - Takes personal accountability for outcomes. Thrives on increasing levels of responsibility by confidently taking actions to move the business forward, even when decisions are shared or ambiguous.

Self Awareness - Recognizes own strengths, limitations, and personal motivations. Actively seeks feedback and knows one's impact on others. Acts with authenticity and ego maturity.

Commits to "One Pfizer" - Puts Pfizer's business interests first. Invests in the success of the whole by aligning across boundaries. Recognizes that what is "best" for own division, function, or department may require modification to ensure alignment with what's best for Pfizer overall.

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