Senior Accountant, Controls Optimization

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Pfizer's Global Business Services - Financial Services (FS) organization delivers best-in-class accounting, finance and compliance operations globally for the Pfizer enterprise. This organization is a high performing team comprised of more than 1600 colleagues primarily located in 6 hubs around the world, in addition to an outsourced workforce of 250 people. The industry-leading value proposition is to centralize, standardize and optimize complex processes and in delivering a quality service at a reasonable cost with a compliance mindset. The scope of services provided include record to Report processes: US Accounting, Corporate Accounting, Statutory Reporting, Financial Reporting, Intercompany, Financial Master Data Governance, Risk Management & Compliance, Capital, Inventory, Lease and Balance Sheet; Transaction Processing in Invoice to Pay, Indirect Tax, Order to Cash, Credit Risk and Gross to Net; Operational Transfer Pricing; GBS Treasury Operations, and MAPP Administration.

The Controls Optimization (CO) Center of Excellence is part of the Risk Management & Compliance function focused on governance and continued optimization of Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting (ICFR). The CO Senior will be responsible for:
  • Centrally monitoring control performance through SAP Process Control (SAP PC)
  • Supporting compliance stakeholders in the execution of their required activities
  • Educating user groups on control concepts including governance requirements and responsibilities, change management, process optimization and transformation, digital, audit and control performance reporting
  • Partnering with transformational initiative teams (M&A, divestitures, etc.) to integrate control requirements into design
  • Supporting stakeholders to ensure strong control environment is maintained. Stakeholders include Internal Audit, Controllers, Digital, Global Process Leads, Business Process Owners and the community of control performers and approvers.
  • Supporting ICFR controls globally leveraging the SAP Process Control (SAP PC) platform
  • Leading continuous improvement initiatives


This position will support and lead elements of the team's core responsibilities, including:
  • Support Corporate Audit and KPMG in their execution of global control testing
  • Support proactive risk assessment activities
  • Develop and execute annual process documentation reviews by all control owners
  • Complete periodic internal control evidence reviews including resulting reporting and remediation
  • Complete annual control ownership verification reviews
  • Support and govern control owner changes
  • Support internal and external audit planning activities for all functional groups
  • Globally coordinate audit activities and monitor and report on progress and remediation status
  • Develop and deliver SAP PC user training
  • Execute control escalation protocols
  • SAP PC help desk and system administration services
  • Deliver control optimization activities
  • Maintain and communicate control best practices including global communities of practice
  • Support remediation of control deficiencies
  • Maintain complete and accurate tasks lists and status of open items
  • Research and resolve discrepancies and complex technical accounting issues as necessary
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities and lead the development of range of solutions
  • Participate in special projects and other initiatives that are in addition to existing role and responsibility
  • Compile complete and accurate standard operating procedures (SOPs) and SOX related internal control documentation involving new activities and/or process changes as required
  • Engage directly with business partners on complex activities and deliverables; maintain effective relationships with business partners
  • Identify issues proactively and communicate to manager along with potential range of solutions
  • Willingness to accept occasional travel for meetings and projects

  • Bachelor degree in accounting or finance required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • CPA required
  • 4+ years of relevant functional accounting experience
  • Public accounting experience preferred


Intermediate accounting and financial reporting skills that include the following:
  • Demonstrated advanced technical US GAAP and financial reporting knowledge and experience
  • Experience in managing or evaluating the implementation of ICOFR for SOX compliance at a global organization including experience in implementing or evaluating entity-level and process level financial controls including system and manual controls
  • Understanding of IT General Controls as well as segregation of duties risks and controls
  • Understanding of the COSO 2013 internal controls framework
  • Advanced SAP and HFM skills preferred
  • Proficiency in PC skills (MS Excel, Word, Power Point) required
  • Excellent oral, written, and overall communication skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to informally coach and mentor staff accountants
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and solve problems in an unstructured environment
  • Strong business acumen and professionalism with the ability to interface effectively with all levels of management and operations colleagues in all applicable Pfizer Finance and business functional areas
  • Ability to perform and deliver in areas involving ambiguity

Other Job Details:
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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