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VP of Finance – Pharmaceutical industry

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The Vice President Finance plays a pivotal role in the transformation of the organization from a service-driven to a solutions-driven . As a member of the Executive Committee and as a Corporate Officer, the Vice President Finance is accountable for five (5) streams of business-enablement activities that span across the multiple entities of the organization in North America:
1. Finance
Ensure the integrity of the companies’ financial results;
Manage the financial planning processes for all entities (e.g., order-to-cash, interco, budget; LBE; reporting; cash flow; strategic planning, etc.);
Enable the commercial activities with financial tools;
Manage financial control measures to monitor performance and identify improvement opportunities;
Manage and liaise with external finance stakeholders for any of our companies in North America (e.g., financial advisors, customers, bankers, investors, government, auditors, suppliers, Shareholder and his representative and/or nominee, insurance companies, etc);
Manage and optimize the tax planning for all companies based on their location and in consultation with the Shareholder and his representative and/or nominee and Shareholder’s directed service providers and consultants;
Advise the Corporate Advisory Board on financial matters pertaining to the companies.

2. Legal
Provide guidance and strategic input with respect to transaction formulation and execution for the companies, as well as lead and oversee the negotiation, drafting, execution and administration of various contractual agreements regarding our business;
Manage communications with Shareholder’s external legal advisors with respect to all business matters of the companies to obtain general legal advice, manage overall risks, resolve commercial issues and ensure compliance to the company’s governance and policies.

3. IT
In accordance with the business needs, develop and execute the IT strategy / plans and manage the budget accordingly;
Advise on the IT requirements / solutions to enable strategic commercial initiatives;
Act as leader of transformational IT projects to enhance efficiency (e.g., automation project; web portal; CRM, etc);
Ensure the data security of the company is preserved.

4. M&A
As a member of the M&A Steering Committee, evaluate targets, identify a shortlist pipeline and execute business case including financial tools and recommendations;
Advise on the transaction process and tactics and assist in preparing negotiation documents required to progress a transaction towards completion;
Lead the due diligence and coordinate the activities of other external advisers;
Manage the transaction process from negotiations to closing of the deal, including financial settlements, post-closing obligations, legal reorganisation of companies, fiscal and financial optimisation, etc.;
As member of the integration team, contribute to the successful integration of any acquisition within the companies.

5. Talent management
Lead and inspire a team of talented and multidisciplinary professionals;
Provide direction and ensure work is executed according to plans and team members are empowered with challenging goals;
Manage the performance and development of direct reports and provide coaching to ensure the success of the team members.

Academic requirements:
Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Accounting;
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Designation.

Ten (10) years in a Director, Finance role, ideally in a service organization operating in a
B-2-B environment;
Experience dealing with multiple business and legal entities and working with the Canadian and US tax legislation is a must;
Several years of experience in an active M&A environment with direct involvement supporting the acquisition and integration process is a must;
Experience managing an IT department is an asset.

Competencies :
Interpersonal style oriented toward driving engagement, accountability and results;
Political savvy;
Business-minded analytical and problem solving skills;
Attention to details and organizing skills;
Tolerance to stress and ability to manage multiple initiatives concurrently;
Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time primarily in North-America;
Perfectly fluent in English (writing and speaking) and at least functional in French (writing and speaking) ;
Fluent with MS Office and accounting tools.