Accountant at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Posted in Accounting 9 days ago.

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Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Job Description:

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Alexion is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Req ID: 16477
Job Category: Finance & Accounting
Location: New Haven, CT
Posting Date: October 11, 2019

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Position Summary

Alexion is seeking a highly motivated Accountant to analyze financial information, prepare accurate and timely results and to ensure appropriate account control procedures. This position will be a key member of a cross-functional, multi-national, accounting team responsible for critical accounting areas, corporate & business accruals, financial reporting and ad hoc analysis / reporting. This position will have significant interaction with Alexion business leaders, senior accounting management and global accounting teams.

Specifically, we are seeking an individual with the traits listed below:
  • Motivated self-starter who is detailed, results and process oriented with a focus on effective and efficient improvements
  • Organized individual with the ability to manage multiple priorities while maintaining high performance standards
  • Superior problem solving and analytical skills and ability to work in a highly visible, deadline oriented position and environment
  • Strong communication and people skills, comfortable working with a cross functional and collaborative team and effectively able to deal with all levels of personnel

Principal Responsibilities:

The position and its responsibilities will have an emphasis on North American and U.S. accounting operations while having some global involvement.

  • Own end to end process for developing, recording and analyzing critical business accruals (legal, professional fees, audit, compensation, grants, donations, misc. items)
  • Liaise between accounting operations team members, corporate accounting, FP&A, and G&A business owners (HR, Legal, IT) regarding the periodic activity under review for proper determination of U.S. GAAP expense

Accounting & month-end closing responsibilities
  • Journal entries for key areas of responsibility (investments, stock-based compensation, debt, etc.)
  • General ledger account reconciliations
  • Fluctuation analysis
  • Closing task management
  • Adherence to global SOX controls

Internal and external financial analysis & reporting
  • Develop analytics/metrics to facilitate the understanding of changes in key accounts and metrics
  • Assist in preparation of internal and external financial reporting packages

Controls & Compliance
  • Support administration of critical financial systems
  • Prepare analysis supporting compliance activities
  • Coordinate with internal and external auditors

Project and ad hoc areas of focus
  • Identify opportunities to reduce the accounting closing process, enhance existing procedures and opportunities to improve the utilization of our financial system tools (ex: automation of accruals)
  • Assist in the drafting of accounting manual policies and standard operating procedures for assigned areas
  • Assist in drafting quarterly and annual government reporting

  • CPA preferred or with a clear path towards finalizing qualifications
  • 1 – 3 years of experience in public or corporate accounting
  • Experience with SAP, BPC, BW/ BI, VB, Blackline, Crystal Reports a plus
  • Intermediate level with Microsoft Office Products required

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting required


New Haven, CT, United States

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology and inhibition for more than 20 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). In addition, the company is developing two late-stage therapies, a second complement inhibitor and a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Alexion has been named to the Forbes list of the World's Most Innovative Companies seven years in a row and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts' Innovation District. The company also has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Alexion's aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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