Commercial Controller - 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) 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 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’. 


We are looking for a Commercial Controller - Mechelen,BE


Scope of the job


You are the principal financial business partner to the Commercial team. You will support the pre-launch and after launch activities mainly focused on BeNeLux with extension to other countries in a later phase.

  • You provide financial decision support on a wide scope of operational and strategic matters impacting the achievement of the business objectives. 
  • You will manage all areas of financial support, including but not limited to financial reporting and forecasting, business analysis and modelling future assets, simulating prices. 
  • You support in the budgeting process and prepare analysis and presentations needed for the Business Partners and Controlling. 
  • You interact effectively within a matrix organization.

As part of the Global Commercial Finance team you will partner with the Global Commercial team to achieve the annual and long term targets. 




Who are you?

  • Degree in Finance or equivalent with at least 5 years relevant budgeting, financial planning and reporting experience (pre-launch experience is a big plus)
  • Strong understanding and application of financial principles, concepts, practices and standards.
  • Good business acumen and judgement. Knowledge of products and industry trends is essential.
  • Commercial Awareness - has active interest in the business internally and externally, seeks opportunities to build and help the business
  • Strong problem-solver with “can-do” mentality, able to both pragmatically define solutions and capture and understand all relevant details when necessary
  • Excellent communication skills in English is a must
  • Strong abilities to interact with stakeholders and to create network across departments and geographies.
  • Experience working in a matrixed, cross-functional and international environment
  • Interaction with global colleagues & business partners will require occasional international travels
  • Strong systems background:
    • Advanced Microsoft Excel a must
    • Experience in SAP ERP 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 biopharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


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