Head/Vice President of Finance, Europe


Reporting to both the Senior Vice President/Head of Europe, based in Zug and the Vice President Finance and Treasurer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Head/Vice President of Finance, Europe will play an integral role in establishing bluebird bio’s European Head-Quarters in Zug and help drive the commercial launch of its products in Europe. The Head/Vice President of Finance, Europe will also be a member of the European management team and be responsible for the growing Finance and administrative teams in the EU.

About the Role:

  • Responsible for recording all Europe transactions in accordance with US GAAP and country--specific statutory accounting
  • Working closely with the US based Finance team, establish and maintain FPA/ Accounting practices that are SOX compliant.
  • Prepare and implement operational finance processes/accounting systems in the European operations, including revenue, accounts receivable and payable, cash management, etc.
  • Business Partnering - Perform a strategic role in the operations of Europe and provide financial support to the Head of Europe (and his staff) to drive business strategies and optimise business performance.
  • Lead Europe budget preparation and control
  • Manage monthly management reporting, forecasting and budgeting process
  • Establish routine business processes to facilitate information flow and decision making between US Headquarter and the European operations
  • Work with the Country General Managers to implement and continuously improve financial controls
  • Act as Finance interface for all cross Functional projects relating to European expansion with a focus on:
    • Supply Chain set-up
  • Lead all statutory and tax filings and secure financial compliance in all European geographies where bluebird bio operate
  • Interface frequently and effectively with other department heads to coordinate, and prioritize planning
  • Maintain strong relationships with banks, auditors, and tax authorities
  • Recruit, lead, develop and manage the European Finance Department staff, including: coaching and performance management
  • Through example, inspire employees to operate with the highest levels of integrity and ethics

About You:

  • Bachelors in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration, MBA, ideally complemented with a recognized Finance/Accountancy qualification (CPA, ACA, CA, CIMA, ACCA, DEC etc.)
  • Prior experience as Head/Vice President of Finance for Europe/international for a US based pharmaceutical or biotech company is required.
  • Must be fluent in US GAAP and have experience working for a US based company
  • Minimum of 12 years work experience within an international organization in the Life-Science industry, commercial launch experience preferred
  • Strong leadership, communication and diplomacy skills
  • Superior analytical skills and proven ability to think strategically but also have a demonstrated focus on action and implementation
  • Resilience and ability to manage ambiguity, ability to work in an entrepreneurial and high-growth environment
  • Highly effective communication skills (written, oral and presentation) in English and preferably in one other European language. Fluency in English is required.
  • Team player, strong business orientation, track record of successfully operating in a matrix management environment
  • Ability to build strong relationships internally and externally with executive level leaders  
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself



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