Assistant Controlling - 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 Controlling'


Scope of the job

The Assistant Controlling supports the Financial Controlling Team and ensures accurate and timely financial reporting.  He/she will play a key role in monitoring compliance including following up on irregularities.  The Assistant Controlling advises on improvements to existing policies.


Your role

  • Monitor compliance with the travel and expense policy
  • Resolve issues related to non-compliance with travel and expense policy
  • Assist in the improvement of the travel and expense policy
  • Generate ad-hoc reports to support the Financial Controlling Team
  • Assist in month-end and year-end closing
  • Assist in annual budget preparation
  • Collaborate with finance staff in their assigned job responsibilities
  • Maintain quality, integrity and consistency in all financial activities

Job requirements

Who are you ?

  • You have a Bachelor degree in Finance and a passion for business and finance.
  • You are able to create detailed financial reporting and you have a strong problem-solving ability
  • You are able to carry out tasks autonomously and collaboratively
  • Comprehensive hands-on knowledge of MS excel is a must
  • Your suberb organization skills, high degree of flexibility, assertiveness and a critical mindset are key for success. On top of that you have an organised and methodical approach to working
  • You will report to the Senior Controller and will work closely with the Accounting  and Internal Control team
  • You are a good communicator (both written and oral) in English and Dutch.  Knowledge of French is a plus

What’s in it for you ?

  • An attractive job in an international, growing Biotech company 
  • You will be assisting the Controlling department at HQ level and will have a high impact in successfully maintaining the compliance with travel and expense policy
  • You will be able to work independently, yet coached by your senior when needed  
  • Working for Galapagos means contributing to a better world for various patients and their environment


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…!