Senior Financial and Controlling Specialist
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years (renewable)
Grading: 7; depending on qualification and experience (monthly salary starting from 4.2k€ after tax, plus other benefits)
Closing Date: 25 April 2021
Reference Number: HD01951
As the Senior Financial Analysis and Controlling Specialist you will support the Head of Finance in providing the administrative and scientific units with relevant data and reports to support and facilitate decision making. This will require that you are familiar with understanding and analyzing accounting transactions, financial and economic data. You will be required to build relationships with relevant teams within EMBL. You will also be required to assist in maintaining a culture of customer service within the team, recommending and implementing improvements in procedures and reporting. You will be required to assist in the training of EMBL colleagues and as such promote their finance acumen.

Your role

Main Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • Supports the EMBL management decision-making processes with relevant information and sound and reliable data analysis from various sources.
  • Establishes first class account and scientific analytics, planning & monitoring tools to help manage budget and indicative scheme. This includes designing, building and maintaining automated reporting and dashboards to track performance.
  • Provides strategic and operational analysis for ad hoc assignments and initiatives.
  • Serving as the finance liaison for the SAP team and budget office team to manage, administer and optimize EMBL reporting and reviewing processes, forecasts, budget planning and monitoring.
  • Partner with other administrative and scientific units in Heidelberg and in remote sites to reflect and evaluate new initiatives and determine if and how they fit into reporting and roadmaps. This includes evaluating requests for reporting changes.
  • Supports finance and other administrative units in reviewing, summarizing and optimizing key EMBL processes including recommendations for rolling out of best practices for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Monitors and reports on key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Develops the professionalization of analysis and reporting documentation.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining cost centers for all EMBL sites.
 

You have

Qualifications & Skills
  • Strong knowledge of financial principles (P&L, budgeting, analytics, indicative scheme)
  • Informal influencing and management skills, managerial courage
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Hands-on
  • Demonstrates a high degree of self-motivation, target orientation and a drive to achieve results combined with strong EMBL understanding
  • Must be able to successfully operate with minimal supervision
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities
  • Able to align and work with diverse global stakeholders
  • Accept ownership
  • Several years of experience in a data and analysis role
  • Experience in connecting reporting and analysis to various data sources including SAP, BW etc.
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Excel required

You might also have

  • Previous relevant experience ideally gained in an similar international enviroment is advatageous

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. EMBL is committed to internationality, diversity and equality, and as such encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

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What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from more than 80 countries, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

With more than 200 staff, in all support areas, ranging from caretakers and gardeners to senior management staff, EMBL Administration provides administrative support to more than 1700 members of personnel from in excess of 75 nations.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.