Assistant Accounting - 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 the 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 thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters. Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists, we need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


For our site in Mechelen, Belgium we are looking for an 'Assistant Accounting'


Scope of the job

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 role:

  • Main task: Accurate and timely registration of AP invoices and expense notes in ERP system (Agresso)
  • Daily management of the Finance Department mailbox: follow-up on e-mails from suppliers and internal stakeholders with the necessary action and communication
  • Manage ad hoc accounting related administrative tasks: filing, scanning, copying
  • Contribute to the quality of SOX controls and documentation requirements of the Accounting function
  • Backup for colleagues in the Accounting team



Who you are?

  • Ideally, you have obtained a degree in accountancy (HBO5-A2) or equivalent by experience, and you have a minimum of 2 years of significant experience in a similar role.
  • You are very well organized, accurate, rigorous and driven by providing quality. You have good interpersonal skills and you enjoy team work
  • You have a good knowledge of the Belgian VAT legislation
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English both in speaking and writing (English being our corporate language)
  • You are proficient with ERP package; experience with Agresso is a plus
  • You are proficient with MS Office (Outlook, Excel and Word)
  • Experience working with analytical dimensions is a plus
  • Experience in a SOX-compliant environment is a plus


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…!