• Jacob Karlshøj Døring

Head of Finance Systems (Ascendis Pharma)

Ascendis Pharma in Hellerup is looking to hire a Head of Finance Systems to join our global finance leadership team, with direct reference to our Senior Vice President of Finance.

This is an 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 supporting your personal development on our journey towards becoming a leading biopharmaceutical company.

Position Summary

As Head of Finance Systems with Ascendis Pharma, you become part of the leadership group of finance and work holistically across all areas of responsibility for finance. You work and lead with high ambitions in the intersection between IT and Finance, and work to ensure long-lasting solutions and methods.

Today, our setup is a mix of both internal and external resources, and we will support you in the direction you set for the future use of resources together with our Senior Vice President of Finance, Mads Bodenhoff, which you refer to. We have high ambitions for this area, and the needed support to execute on the given direction will be there.

We are a growing company at the forefront of major product launches in the US and Europe, having grown our company to +500 people across our locations around the world, and as such scalability is key.

Your area of impact covers strategic system landscape for finance, working closely with IT management and the leadership team of finance. We are looking for a distinct IT-finance partner with outstanding strategy implementation competencies.

Your area of responsibility is global and covers:

  • Leverage full potential of newly implemented Microsoft D365, Cognos for budgeting and consolidation, and Power BI for reporting and business intelligence purposes.

  • Assess and challenge the maturity level of the current system landscape within finance, including potential risks and exposures.

  • Lead the dialogue and collaboration with IT, including communication of clear requirements for each project in the design phase and during implementation.

  • Act as project lead on finance system implementations.

  • Lead the ownership of all finance systems after implementation, including applications, and connecting with stakeholders for continuous improvement.

  • Prioritize finance relevant IT tickets and collaborate with the IT department for further processing.

  • Support finance in building a culture of always aspiring for best-in-class finance systems, processes, and procedures.

  • Assess employee skillsets within the finance organization, address skill gaps, and support talents in the growth of their competencies.

  • Monitor the market for relevant new IT solutions and methods.

  • Participate in ad hoc finance projects.

Criteria of success in this position

You will perform with a high degree of responsibility and responsiveness that sustains trust and support for the work you perform.

You must ensure we always have the right understanding of our current setup, the skills of our people, and the relevant competencies on a strategic and leadership level. Based on this, you become a success, when you manage to communicate what is needed and execute necessary actions.

Is this you?

You are a proactive team player on a strategic and tactical level of our company, and when needed you manage to direct and guide operational decisions. As such, we all work hands-on when relevant, and we all have a deep technical understanding of the area each of us is working with at Ascendis Pharma.

Our culture is strong, positive, and collaborative, and we are always looking for people with the unique ability to show fast results, yet still thrive and deliver on their tasks and responsibilities long-term.

Specifically, we are looking for you, who enjoys making each building block come together in unity and add more value combined. We find no joy in building the legacy systems of the future, so we aim for long-term decisions and wish to correct bad decisions fast.

You are probably recognized through:

  • Solid knowledge of IT infrastructure in a supply-chain focused, international organization

  • Solid understanding of Microsoft D365 specifically

  • A high competency level on project leadership skills

  • A fair understanding of the value drivers in a finance department

  • Can deal with a complex value chain, preferable from a pharmaceutical business setting, and can see and challenge as-is through different angles and perspectives

  • An understanding of the type of business Ascendis Pharma represents

  • Find yourself working well in a high-paced, international working environment, where each of us is responsible for the quality of work we deliver

We hope to see you as part of our global, growing, and innovative biopharmaceutical company.

Contact us today

Contact Jacob Karlshøj Døring from the finance 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.

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 500 people across our locations in Denmark, Germany, and the 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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