Finance Partner - Shared Services - 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 a

'Finance Partner - Shared Services'


Scope of the job:

As the Finance Partner, you will partner with the COO and the VPs that are heading the Shared Services groups (Finance & Procurement, HR, ITS, Facilities, Legal etc.) to drive the business, provide financial leadership, counsel and support to the Shared Services department; providing financial oversight; enabling management to make necessary financial trade-offs and assisting project teams in the construction, review and refinement of project plans/budgets/forecasts.


Your role:

  • Provide financial guidance, insights and leadership to COO and Shared Services VPs
  • Support them to understand their financials and meet their budget commitment
  • Responsible for the financial controlling activities required to deliver an accurate and timely month-end close, and to produce monthly reports for all stakeholders in the Shared Services department
  • Partnering with functions & project managers (e.g. various Facility projects) throughout budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Ensure proactive and effective coordination across functions & project teams.
  • Proactively identify opportunities and raises challenges to meet business objectives and mitigate risks in strategic projects.


Job requirements


Who you are?

  • A minimum of 8 years professional finance experience
  • Bachelor Degree and Masters in Finance
  • Extensive experience leading and driving transformational change
  • Experience leading in a matrixed organization
  • Fluent English/Good working knowledge of Dutch preferred.
  • Excellent communication within finance and cross functionally
  • Influence and negotiation skills
  • Building Relationships and networking across the business
  • Capacity to enable and drive change in matrix environment
  • Ability to influence senior leaders
  • Demonstrate financial knowledge of modelling, analysis, evaluation, forecasting, strategic planning, and decision making Understanding of systems and processes as they affect the financial results (SAP etc)
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Effective and efficient leadership and motivation of stakeholders and creation of good working relationships within the relevant scope of action.
  • Capacity to resolve complex problems in cross functional and cross site area


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…!