Director of Finance, Europe

Dublin, Ireland based


A unique opportunity has emerged for a Director of Finance to join a relatively young US biotech who are on the cusp of launching their first two assets.

As the first within the role, you will lead in the establishment and development of a European finance function that can support and grow with the wider organisation.

As such, you must be very hands-on while being strategic in your approach. You’ll have a proven ability to establish positive, collaborative relationships with the senior leadership team across Europe and the US.

Key duties

  • Be the Financial Business partner for all functions across the European organisation
  • Establish and build close collaborative relations with senior leaders in all appropriate country affiliates, the European organisation and the US/Global.
  • Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Statutory accounts for Europe ensuring timely and accurate filing with corporate guidelines
  • Providing strategic advice to key areas of the business in order to optimise effectiveness and decision making
  • Team management (hiring, coaching, training, performance management etc)
  • Ensuring full regulatory compliance with appropriate standard such as IFRS and GAAP
  • Accountable for the delivery of timely budgets, forecasts and strategic plans for the European organisation
  • Responsibility for the analysis (include. variance) and reporting for leadership team on key business focus items e.g. headcount/other labour, supply chain etc
  • Drive continuous process improvements in FP&A processes.
  • Develop and maintain accounting process and procedure documentation for areas of responsibility
  • Support and roll-out European wide Finance initiatives
  • Oversight of all European tax compliance matters.


  • Essential: ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified with considerable post-qualifying experience
  • Desirable: Be educated to degree level is desirable (e.g. Accounting, Finance, or Business Management).

Previous experience:

  • Essential: Leadership of a finance/accounting function for a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company
  • Essential: Excellent soft skills with a track record of working collaboratively in cross-functional and international
  • Desirable: Previously responsibility for growing a team
  • Desirable: Experience of working in a start-up or entrepreneurial organisation
  • Desirable: Experience working in an “above-country” capacity, ideally covering Western Europe+

To learn more about this opportunity and to have a confidential conversation, please apply or contact Matt at Blue Pelican on

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If this position is of interest please send us your CV here, or you can call Matt Smith direct on 01892 507 145 to discuss this and other vacancies that may suit.

Matt Smith

Resourcer - Pharma
My recruitment career started in December 2014 soon after completing my Masters. At the time a career in recruitment was...