General Information

Job Advert Title
United Kingdom
Function/Business Area
Finance, Tax & Audition
GBS Delivery
Employment Class
Fixed Term Contract


Accountant - 12-month Fixed Term Contract 

About Astellas:

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.

Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society. Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.

Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.

We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About this job:

This is a new opportunity for an Accountant to join Astellas on a fixed term contract basis in our EMEA Business Services team, supporting Finance Controllers across varied business units by providing accounting, controlling and reporting activities.

Also to note, as this team also acts as a bridge between 3rd party providers and the Accounting Operations Leads then you will also work closely with our BPO.

There will also be the opportunity to be involved in Continuous Improvement initiatives, to help drive efficiencies and best practice ways of working. Responsibilities to include:

  • Supporting month-end activities of the BPO
  • Ensuring the timely approval of Purchase Orders, supplier invoices and expense claims, required by the 3rd party provider.
  • Working with the EMEA Finance Manager to ensure the integrity of transactions processed by the BPO via ongoing monitoring & analysis.
  • Working with a Senior Accountant to ensure Master Data accuracy and integrity
  • Supporting with the provision of sales reporting
  • Providing ad-hoc requests for information and analysis from the business
  • Reviewing payment proposals to ensure completeness and accuracy
  • Supporting audit activity
  • Ensuring standardisation across EMEA for business services provided
  • Working on the Continuous Improvement of processes and systems

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Proven Accountancy experience, ideally gained in a global, matrix environment
  • Some experience of end-to-end processes but also in an outsourced model  
  • The ability to work effectively to tight deadlines
  • Compliance mind-set
  • The ability to appropriately influence, challenge and engage diverse stakeholders
  • A keen interest in identifying improvements and increased efficiencies
  • Ability to work autonomously and make evidence-based decisions
  • Excellent attention to detail with an analytic mind-set
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Strong IT skills including Excel

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong preference for experience in SAP S/4HANA
  • Pharma experience potentially of benefit although not essential


  • Qualified Accountant CIMA, ACA, ACCA OR relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of international accounting standards and SOX

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.