R2R Supervisor

18 Sep 2019
27 Sep 2019
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
At Lonza, we invest in great people. We encourage our employees to challenge themselves and we offer an environment that fosters creativity and success. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, we operate production, R&D, and business sites around the world, including Europe, North America, and Asia. 

Our vision: We strive to be the leading supplier using science and technology to improve the quality of life.

Our mission: We work with passion, using advanced technologies, to transform life science into new possibilities for our customers.

Do you want to help us as we shape the future of this great organization? 

Job Description Summary

R2R Supervisor

Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. We are more than 15,000 employees in more than 100 locations around the world. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Supervisor is responsible for leading a team within the R2R function which provides timely, accurate and compliant month end processes supporting the EMEA markets within Lonza. This will involve the discharge of Month End process and Balance Sheet Liability management.  You will form close working relationships site controllers and ensure adherence to established procedures, accounting principles and guidelines in order to maintain the organizations financial records. The role will have an appropriate mix of supervisory and operational activities; where there will be some operational responsibilities for the delivery of some stakeholder activities. The role is also responsible for seeking out opportunities to align and improve processes.  As an integral member of the R2R management group and the SSC Extended Leadership team, the post holder will help to drive service delivery in line with the finance vision for Lonza.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the maintenance of financial systems to ensure completeness of statutory and group reporting for region, ensuring compliance with accounting principles/standards, relevant regulations and reporting requirements. You will be responsible for the delivery if the R2R taxonomy of services.
  • Oversee Cost Centre reviews that ensure prepayments and accruals are appropriately accounted for and are appropriately managed. Oversee the performance and clearance of all reconciliation accounts, approving recurring journals, ensuring financial transactions are recorded and appropriately classified, including operating taxes.
  • Drive compliance within a robust control framework and take responsibility for internal/external audit deliverables.
  • Provide excellence service delivery and technical expertise to key stakeholder groups including market controllers, BSO management, peer groups, and external bodies
  • Provide supervision and development for a team of qualified/part qualified accountants (circa 4-6 FTE).
  • Key contributor to the R2R management and SSC Extended Leadership Team to collectively deliver the finance vision.
  • Support key change initiatives and drive through continuous improvement

Key requirements:

  • ICAEW qualified accountant (CIMA / ACCA/ACA)
  • ERP (SAP) and advanced Excel skills (including vlook-ups and pivot tables)
  • Experience of managing all the SSC delegated month-end close and financial management activities for a number of Lonza stakeholders
  • Experience of supporting multiple country/unit based market controllers, providing both a transactional and business partnering function to ensure a high quality R2R service is delivered
  • Robust experience of end to end R2R processes within a fast paced Shared Services Centre, covering:
    • Trial balances
    • Pre-payments and accruals
    • Balance sheet reconciliations;
    • Fixed Assets
    • Intercompany Accounts
    • Cost Accounting
    • Regulatory returns e.g. VAT
    • Budgeting
    • P&L + BS Variances

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.



Lonza.  The place to Go, Stay and Grow.

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