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Title:  Director, FP&A

Requisition ID:  66409
Date:  Jul 9, 2024

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Finance

Who we are:


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  




Job Summary:


In this role, you will follow the FP&A mission to deliver a wide range of data-driven insights that support everything from operational decision-making to organizational strategy as the business partner for the Drug Delivery Device Operating Unit ( 3 manufacturing plants). The Director, FP&A interacts frequently and collaborates cohesively with the business. This mission includes the traditional FP&A core competencies of planning, forecasting, budgeting, management reporting, capital management, project expenditure requests etc. for each functional area. This role includes both Operating Unit responsibilities as well as other global function support. This is a hybrid role and requires to be on site 3 days a week.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Act as a Strategic Thought Partner. Establish strong, cross-functional relationships across West Pharmaceuticals Drug Delivery Device Operating Unit and its respective leadership teams to position the FP&A organization as a strategic asset and thought partner in key decision making.
  • Partner closely with the Drug Delivery Device Operating Unit leader and leadership team to develop, evaluate, and advise on the impact of both short-term and long-range planning.
  • Manage a team of approximately 3 FTEs supporting the Drug Delivery Device plants.
  • Drive our teams’ execution of budget, forecast and strategic plan financial models and analysis in connection with monthly, quarterly and annual processes.
  • Evaluate and influence Operating Unit strategic investment through capital project business case models and narratives. PER models (Project Expenditure Request).
  • Align financial planning with the organization's overall objectives, identifying key financial drivers, evaluating financial risks, and providing insights to support decision-making.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience. MBA, CPA/CFA strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years supporting the budgeting, forecasting, and long-term planning for a global, publicly traded business.
  • Executive presence/gravitas. Demonstrated ability to present to and engage at the senior most levels of the organization.
  • Experience with SAP Software.
  • Proven experience leading high performing teams.
  • Open to diverse perspectives; has the ability to work collaboratively with different personalities all driven by passion to perform to their highest potential.
  • Proven experience developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that ensure the functions are meeting all business objectives.
  • Experience in a high-growth and changing organization and can assist in M&A, reorganizations, and carve-outs.
  • Demonstrated history of influencing business decisions and providing strategic recommendations based on financial data and market analyses.
  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills to inform and influence at all levels internally and externally.
  • Proven ability to analyze complex financial matters and simplify them into concise recommendations.
  • Experience supporting organizations undergoing technology transformation.
  • Innately curious with a driven, self-starter mentality. Able to thrive in fast-paced environments with competing priorities.
  • Adaptable; change agent. Ability to manage through influence.
  • Strategic leader with a strong grasp of core financial concepts, including enterprise budgeting, forecasting, reporting.
  • Strong background in FP&A, with an analytical view toward precise financial reporting and detailed operating metrics.
  • Ability to track and drive decision making for the management team around the company’s performance, opportunities, and ability to further create value across the entire business.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Able to be aware of all relevant standard operating procedures as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Strong track record of success operating in highly regulated environments.
  • Support and contribute to Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target.
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety and quality policy at all times.


Travel Requirements:


  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time.


Physical and Mental Requirements:


  • Sedentary - exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met
  • Hands-on, high-energy, “roll up your sleeves” mindset, resilient with the ability to be a driver and change agent in an organization. Leads by example at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Innately curious with a driven, self-starter mentality. Able to thrive in fast-paced environments with competing priorities.
  • Patient-focused mindset. Mission-driven, with a passion for improving the lives of patients and their families.


West embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We foster an environment where all individuals are safe, treated fairly, valued and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Where permitted by law, employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of post-offer background screening and/or drug screening.  



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