Accounting Expert - Mechelen,BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (Basel) and in US (Boston).


We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.  In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you.


We are looking for an Accounting Expert.



Your role

You will report to the Chief Accountant and will provide support to the Head Quarters Accounting team of Galapagos NV in Mechelen while respecting internal rules and policies in a SOX-compliant environment. 


Your main responsibilities will be:


  • Ensuring accurate and timely registration of AP and AR invoices as well as expense notes in ERP system (Agresso)
  • Preparing VAT return and related reporting and survey
  • Preparing payment batches and booking bank transactions
  • Assisting the accounting team in the implementation of a new ERP
  • Actively participating in the monthly closing process
  • Managing ad hoc accounting related projects and administrative tasks
  • Contributing in daily management of the Finance department mailbox
  • Contributing to the quality of SOX controls and documentation requirements of the Accounting function
  • Being back-up for colleagues of the Accounting team



Who are you?

  • You have obtained a Bachelor degree in accountancy, and you have a minimum of 5 years of significant experience in a similar role.
  • You are very well organized, analytical, accurate, rigorous and driven by providing quality.
  • You have good interpersonal skills and you enjoy team work
  • You have a good knowledge of the VAT legislation
  • You are proficient with ERP package; (experience with Agresso and SAP is a plus)
  • You are a seasoned Excel user
  • Experience in a SOX-compliant environment is an added value
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English both in speaking and writing (English being our corporate language)

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company. As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!