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  • Jacob Karlshøj Døring

Finance Operations Director (Ascendis Pharma)

Ascendis Pharma is looking to hire a Finance Operations Director to join our Global Finance Operations team, in reference to our Vice President Finance Operations. This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing, innovative public listed company.


Do you want to be part of building a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company together with a team of highly skilled colleagues who are passionate about developing best-in-class therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs?

Then Ascendis Pharma is committed to support your personal and professional development on our journey towards becoming a leading biopharmaceutical company.


Position Summary

As Director in Finance Operations, you will leverage your substantial set of skills from many years in finance, and your experience from the pharma industry. On this basis, you will let Ascendis Pharma be your playing field for designing and running a modern finance operations function.


You soon find yourself navigating the changing environment in our business, taking full advantage of the highly skilled people in our organization and getting the grasp of how this can play to your advantage in setting the standards high for our ambitions in finance operations.


To succeed here, you will have worked with Product Costing, Project Accounting & Controlling, implementation of systems, automation and process design. We work to find quality in processes to prepare for a fully scalable finance operations function.


With excellent relationship building skills, you will take the initiative in creating internal relationships including with Management as you will be positioned at a business-critical function.


Subsequently, you will be involved in the budgeting process working closely with the relevant Business Partner. As such, aspiring to deliver as few surprises as possible throughout project delivery.


A Finance & Product Costing expert

You will be part of a global growth-oriented biopharmaceutical company and in your position, you will be part of building a top-class Finance Operations setup.


You will be owner of key finance projects on our journey from a purely research company, to a fully commercialized global business. Always favoring quality in processes, managing complexity and ensuring smooth business processes.


This is a newly established role, where you can set your own direction and bring solutions. As such, we are adding extra competencies, and attention to Finance Operations.


Specifically, you will:

  1. Implement a smooth accrual process within the entire organization

  2. Challenge the setup, models and use of technology, including automation

  3. For Project Accounting & Controlling, develop an accounting structure addressing all aspects of R&D progress and completion

  4. Manage monthly estimates for key R&D projects in collaboration with the project manager or business partner, and participate in business partner meetings to ensure understanding and alignment on project costs and estimate to completion

  5. For Product Costing, act as trusted advisor for our Product Costing specialist, and for Senior Management when they bring attention to this area

  6. In collaboration with our Product Costing specialist, design a financial reporting framework for production and supply chain analysis, including relevant key performance metrics to monitor our supply chain efficiently

  7. Always bring forward your skill set to ensure practical solutions


We are currently developing our standard costing setup and implementing it into our systems over the coming months. It is important that you in this phase are working directly with our Product Costing specialist to ensure a quality setup in procedures and detailed calculation methods


Is this you?

We are looking to find that highly skilled and experienced finance professional, who can leverage this experience when designing and implementing setups and processes:


In you, we hope to find:

  • Apparent interpersonal skills

  • Efficient problem-solving skills looking to find practical answers to complex issues

  • As an individual contributor you work hands-on in everything you do. Including analysis and deep diving on detailed cost accounting issues and calculations

  • Ability to leverage prior experience to identify issues, actively engage in solution management, and interface with a variety of highly skilled stakeholders

  • Strong experience with presentations – ability to tell the complex story in an easy and understandable way

  • Highly accountable with a collaborative and proactive working style

  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills being able to link that to Excel and systems


As you will play an important role in implementing costing principles in Ascendis Pharma, we expect you to understand an ERP project module. We are currently implementing Microsoft D365 and you will be a key driver in designing and reviewing this area of our ERP setup.


Contact us today!

Contact Jacob Karlshøj Døring from the Recruitment Agency Rosted & Partners at +45 5222 1962 or jacob@rostedpartners.dk for further insights into the position and Ascendis Pharma as your potential future employer.


Apply here.



Who we are at Ascendis Pharma

Headquartered in Copenhagen we are advancing a successful pipeline of best in class pharmaceutical therapeutics building on our TransCon technology. Founded in 2007, Ascendis Pharma has experienced significant growth since our successful IPO on NASDAQ US in 2015 and we are today more than 400 people across our locations in Denmark, Germany and US.

We continue hiring people who are excellent within their field and passionate about making a positive impact on the journey towards achieving our vision and shared goals. As colleagues we expect from each other that we think and act holistically, that we are ambitious and dare to go for stretch goals, and that we are committed to helping people develop.

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