Director, Head of Finance

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June 29 2021
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Director, Head of Finance
South Korea - Seoul

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

With a unique Company culture, strong core values, operating in an industry with complex reimbursement policies and regulatory environments, Gilead Sciences Korea is seeking an experienced individual with proven adaptability and relevant industry experience as a country Finance Director. Ideally the candidate will have gained exposure to working within a US corporate environment.

As the principal financial advisor to Country GM and as a member of the Korea Leadership Team (KLT) and Regional and Worldwide Finance Leadership Team, below are key responsibilities expected of the role.
  • Enhance effectiveness of the organization through insightful analysis and influence on strategic direction and execution.
  • Provide financial evaluation and enable decision making on proposal for investments.
  • Responsible for overall oversight of business partnership, financial control and planning and forecasting.
  • Manage a team of two direct reports and ensure developmental progress through coaching and guidance
  • Actively engage in company-wide Finance projects

    Business Partnering:
  • Support the General Manager in delivering optimal performance from the Korean affiliate and ensure all risks and opportunities are understood by regional Asia 5 Management.
  • Represent the Finance organization in the Korean Leadership Team by focusing on strategic issues across multiple functions and establishing stretched yet attainable plans for the Korean affiliate.
  • Provide support in managing co-promotion relationship and participate quarterly Joint Steering Committee meetings.
  • Attend commercial meetings to gain and provide financial insights and independent perspectives.
  • Work closely with GM, Commercial teams and other market facing functions to develop affiliate LE/Budget deck and submit per the regional timeline.
  • Ensure affiliate LE/Budget is prepared in compliance with ICR and Asia 5 guideline.
  • Review actuals vs LE/Budget and engage stakeholders to ensure delivery on financial goals and commitments.
  • Ensure robust financial controls and management of risks by working closely with Regional finance teams - GBS, Controllership, Tax,Treasury etc
  • Manage and facilitate local statutory audits and Gilead internal audits
  • Ensure compliance with local statutory and tax reporting requirements.
  • Ensure monthly/quarterly/yearly financial reports are prepared timely and accurately in compliance with Local/USGAAP requirements.
  • Support local SOX requirements including both quarterly and yearly sign off.

    Experience and Qualification:
  • Degree qualified in business, accounting or finance
  • Formal professional accountancy qualification (e.g KICPA, CPA etc)
  • Experience in Big 4 public accounting firm
  • 15+ years' work experience with 8+ years within a multinational company in the Life Science / Heath care industry (ideally within a US corporate environment and in the Pharmaceutical industry)
  • Strong knowledge of local statutory requirements (e.g Local GAAP, ACVA, BEPS etc)
  • In-depth knowledge of US GAAP and SOX requirements
  • Knowledge of ERP system (Oracle/SAP preferred) and Microsoft office
  • Experience in managing statutory audits by tax office and customs office
  • Experience in working closely with a local co-promotion partner company
  • Experience in project management and system implementation
  • Fluency in verbal and written Korean & English

    Detailed requirements include:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work effectively in a matrix organisation with multiple functions, together with a positive attitude and strong work ethic required.
  • Strong, proven business partnering mentality based on a genuine interest for the underlying business. Has the maturity and awareness to strike a balance between supporting and challenging the business.
  • Results oriented with the ability to facilitate and ensure Country GM and other Leadership members are best placed to achieve success. Be optimistic but realistic in your approach.
  • Possess an open and transparent approach to working with colleagues, combined with the ability to work and succeed in a non-political way.

  • Resilient profile with the ability to deliver in an ambiguous environment
  • Ability to engage and manage multiple stakeholders to achieve the objective
  • Curious with learning agility
  • Operationally excellent
  • Organised with systematic approach to prioritisation
  • Process orientated to achieve the business objective

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