Pfizer Finance Analyst in Walton Oaks, United Kingdom

European DS CoE Finance Analyst Location: Walton Oaks, Surrey

Role Description

The Decision Support Center of Excellence (DS CoE) Finance Analyst position is responsible for financial management reporting and analysis in order to support our Finance customers from across Europe. This role will require strong analytical ability, coupled with sufficient knowledge of business / finance analysis tools and methodologies. Analysts will be expected to respond to requests from Supervisors or Managers in an efficient and timely manner. This position would be ideally suited to candidates who have recently graduated from University, ideally having previously studied Finance and Accounting.

The DS CoE Finance Analyst is responsible for, but not limited to, conducting the following key activities:

  • Plan, Budget and Forecast modelling

  • Financial Reporting analytics

  • Presentation development and preparation

  • Data Validation

  • Report consolidation and submission


Plan, Budget and Forecast modelling:

  • Collect Data - Gather data from internal Pfizer systems and data external non-Pfizer systems and sources necessary for OP Plan and LE

  • Prepare Data - Format data for entry into model or analysis, load data into appropriate tool

  • Run Models - Input assumptions and data, run model

  • Validate Revenue and Expense Data

  • Analyze Output - Highlight significant variances to budget, actuals and prior year, pinpoint specific type of variance categorize variances as system/technical or business related, follow-up with suspected system/technical related variances, create variances report, categorizing variances by type, amount and specific location

  • Root Cause Research - Research business related variances, identify variance as manual accounting error or legitimate business movement, follow-up with GFS or market colleagues to resolve variance

  • Write Commentary - Prepare memo (email) to finance leadership, describe trends for the reporting period for each report, including an explanation of remaining variances

  • Support Finance as needed - Gathering assumptions, updating business

Financial Reporting analytics:

  • Collect Data - Gather data from external Non-Pfizer systems and sources necessary for reporting or analysis

  • Develop Standard Reports - Determine if reporting need is already met by Standard Reporting Package, Document Reporting Parameters, Construct Shared View of New Report in Reporting Tool, Review Output with Report Requestor, Adjust as Necessary, Save View in Reporting Tool and Add to List of Standard Reports

  • Validate Data - Compare the following data types across systems/data warehouses: revenue, COGS, OPEX, Overall PNL; highlight discrepancies in data, determine source of data discrepancies, classify reconciling items as mapping error (if applicable type) and if necessary, follow up with account team for applicable system to resolve

  • Run Reports - Confirm that data is available and validated, access reporting systems/tools, select appropriate parameters, run/refresh report (Essbase) or export to Excel and modify as necessary

  • Analyze, Research and Prepare Commentary on Output

  • Prepare reports: Compile and submit financial analysis reports

  • Support presentation preparation - Replace content with content from current Op Plan and LE

Presentation Development and Preparation:

  • Prepare Recurring Presentations - update recurring presentations with new data and commentary, review and finalize presentations

  • Prepare Ad Hoc Presentations - prepare ad hoc presentations as needed per request from manager

Data Validation:

  • Maintain KPI's to reflect current data

  • Additional data validation tasks as outlined elsewhere

Report Consolidation and Submission:

  • Consolidate Results - Receive Offline reports and commentary or export data from reporting tool, consolidate data into central report

  • Submit Results - In email or by posting to shared drive, submit results of report with commentary

  • Review Output with Customers - Review report and commentary with business partners

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with finance/accounting or related experience

  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail, and time management skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Basic understanding of finance IT system architecture may be required.

  • Management Reporting and Analysis process experience preferred

  • Relevant work experience

  • Advanced Microsoft Office capabilities, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word

  • Competency with spreadsheets & financial modelling (comfort with data manipulation and financial systems)

  • Ability to identify business issues/opportunities and to frame business questions

  • Knowledge of various financial systems and financial reporting aspects is preferred

  • Basic knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

Day (standard) (United Kingdom)

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