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Title:  Senior Accountant

Requisition ID:  61482
Date:  May 24, 2023

Dublin, Leinster, IE

Department:  Finance

Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

To position itself to meet the requirements of continuing rapid business growth and future market development, West Pharmaceutical Services have developed a transformation strategy of standardization, simplification and centralization of global accounting operations. In accordance with that strategy, we are migrating our financial reporting systems onto one main SAP ERP.


Reporting to, and working closely with, the Finance Manager, in this role, you will support the migration of finance activities into GFS Dublin as part of Record to Report.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the migration of the record to report accounting function from other company locations
  • Analyze current balance sheet reconciliations and clear any unreconciled items prior to migration
  • Complete UAT testing
  • Work with D&T to resolve any system issues identified
  • Preparation and review of monthly financial reports, ensuring they are completed in a timely, accurate and efficient manner and in accordance with US GAAP
  • Preparation, analysis and review of journal postings
  • Preparation, analysis and review of balance sheet reconciliations at month end
  • Calculation, posting and review of monthly accruals and prepayments, ensuring that all items are accurately captured
  • Review and reconciliation of inter-company accounts
  • Preparation of multi-currency bank reconciliations
  • Preparation of variance analysis
  • Statutory reporting
  • Processing of transactional taxes e.g. VAT
  • Support annual corporation tax compliance
  • Control environment:
    • Ensure that company financial records are maintained in compliance with company policies and US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements
    • Accountable for ensuring that company policies and procedures (internal controls) are implemented to provide reasonable assurance that the company assets are protected
    • Support the Sarbanes Oxley activities relative to internal controls documentation and testing and segregation of duties
    • Liaise with internal and external auditors
  • Process, technology and service:
    • Support deployment of SAP S/4 HANA and other systems e.g. Blackline to garner greater efficiency within the Record to Report function 
    • Support implementation of Artificial Intelligence and /or RPA to drive further efficiency and effectiveness in our delivery of accounting services
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in Finance or Accounting
  • Senior Accountant - minimum 3+ years of PQE experience
  • Qualified accountant i.e. ACA, ACCA, CIMA or CPA


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Big 4 an advantage
  • Previous Shared Service Centre with multinational publicly quoted company experience
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP
  • Proficient in SAP or similar ERP
  • Proficient in MS Office applications
  • Experience of BI tools an advantage
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Able to multi task
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times


Travel Requirements:

  • May be required to travel during the implementation phase (up to 10% of the time in year one)


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Use written and oral communication skills
  • Read and interpret data, information and documents
  • Must maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Ability to make independent and sound judgments.
  • Observe and interpret situations, analyze and solve problems



  • Non-US only where required for certain levels

West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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