Charles River Laboratories Financial Accountant in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Financial Accountant

Req ID: 37021

Location: Edinburgh, SCT, GB, EH14 4AP

For nearly 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

We are seeking an experienced Financial Accountant for our Shared Services Finance department located in Edinburgh.

The principal responsibility of the Financial Accountant will be to support the general accounting function of the Shared Service Centre.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Financial Accountant position.

  • Completion of month end accounting duties such as prepare, review and/or post monthly accruals and prepayments, review and investigate significant costs and variances, analyse and ensure confirmation of intercompany balances

  • Prepare monthly journal entries as required.

  • Complete nominated monthly balance sheet account reconciliations in line with group deadlines.

  • Prepare company reporting schedules for submission to group.

  • Review AP and Cashier payments and authorise bank payments in line with corporate policy and controls.

  • Assist in preparation of VAT returns, Intrastat returns and NSO reports for all nominated entities.

  • Ensure compliance with Sarbanes Oxley control environment.

  • Ensure accounting policies are being followed.

  • Provide internal and external auditors with requested documentation.

  • Assist in preparation of tax return submission data for all nominated entities.

  • Prepare P11Ds and government statistical forms and address corresponding queries.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

  • Identify and escalate items likely to cause interest at higher levels of CRL – adopt a “no surprises” methodology

  • Responsible for building and maintaining excellent relationships with both internal and external key stakeholders

You should be a qualified accountant, actively seeking a professional accounting qualification or “qualified by experience” with appropriate years of relevant work experience. You should be a proactive self-starter with proven ability to problem solve complex issues. Experience of working in a busy Finance office is essential, as is familiarity with integrated finance software such as SAP and Excel. You should have extensive SAP knowledge.

Salary banding for this position is £35,000- £47,000. Successful candidates will be appointed to the bottom of the pay band if they have no relevant experience.

In exceptional circumstances where the candidate has relevant equivalent experience, this will be taken into consideration.

About Corporate Functions

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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