Shire Finance Manager - IT in Lexington, Massachusetts


Finance business partner to Information Technology, providing ongoing support and analysis for short-term and long term investment decisions.

Supports the monthly and quarterly close for several sub functions within IT including the following responsibilities:

  • Analyzing financial results for accuracy, determining variance drivers and writing commentary for budget owners

  • Assisting in the preparation of the monthly financial presentations for the assigned functional leadership teams.

  • Analyzing and preparing accrual, monthly recharges and intercompany transfers to properly align spend. This includes tracking internal orders/purchase orders and Non-GAAP adjustments

  • Reconciles headcount on a periodic basis to ensure payroll and headcount reporting is accurate

  • Provides guidance on purchase order mappings and phasing to ensure monthly results and accruals align to Budget

  • Preparing explanations of significant changes to the forecast as well as highlighting key risks and opportunities to the forecast

  • Inputting data into Hyperion and SAP/JDE and reconciling output

  • Provide leadership team with comprehensive view of P&L for respective areas -

  • Coordinate with the IT project manager to Understand the implications of project on the run budget (ongoing maintenance support) as well as the one time and recurring project costs on the overall P&L

  • Manage relationships with the following teams to ensure alignment with G&A Finance requirements:

  • Finance Operations – Build a strong partnership and provide the appropriate analysis to support the monthly closing activities

  • Functional Teams – Collaborate to evaluate the financial implications of the Function’s strategy and service model; and their impact on the plan and forecast

  • G&A FP&A Team – Understand all aspects of the Budget & Forecast and ensure timelines are met


Supports the annual Budget, LV (Forecast), Extended Forecasts (ELVs) and Long Range Plan (LRP) processes for Information Technology:

  • Prepare detailed department budgets based on assumptions collected from budget owners

  • Meet with the ITLT to ensure understanding of their budgets as well as opportunities within their budget to enable periodic realignment of funds to meet corporate and departmental goals

  • Assisting in the preparation of the Budget and ELV presentations for the supporting leadership teams

  • Inputting data in to Hyperion/SAP/JOE and reconciling output

  • On occasion supports the Dynamic Budget process to update the annual Budget assumptions

  • Leads the Forecast (LV) processes for sub functions

  • Coordinate with budget owners to understand key drivers of spend trends to determine changes to the forecast

  • Prepare monthly presentations of the budget vs actuals for review with the ITLT


Support the team as necessary and required by the G&A functions:

  • Ad-hoc work as directed by the manager or the broader function

  • Participate and implement in the key systems and processes projects

  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in fast moving environment to respond to business changes and needs


Finance business partner leading the IT Integration Financial activities including reporting, analysis, liaison with the business and Finance, IMO and External colleagues.

Education & Experience Requirements


  • Job candidate must possess a BS/BA degree in Finance or Accounting.

  • Minimum five years of experience in a financial or management reporting position preferably in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry

  • Working knowledge of US GAAP is preferred

  • Strong System, clear presentation and sharp system skills a must.


  • An MBA in Finance or Management, CPA or equivalent accreditation, is strongly desirable

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Shire employees. Shire expects all employees to embody the following:

Leadership Behaviors

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Understanding business functions drivers and providing insightful advise to the functional leaders and their teams is critical

  • Inter-personal skill working with senior executives is important

Internal and External Contacts

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  • Auditors (Internal and External)

  • International Controllers and Finance functions

  • Vendors and Professional Services firms providing goods and services to these functions

Other Requirements

  • Willing to travel to support business activities is essential

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