Finance Senior Associate - Consulting - Pharmaceuticals


Job information

Firm: PwC

Location: Belfast

Education: Postgraduate degree

Benefits: Competive

About the role

Our Pharmaceuticals business is a part of our broader Health Industries team which comprises both the private and public sector providers in this space. We see significant potential for growth in our consulting support to this market and are actively looking for individuals with Pharmaceuticals experience to grow the team.

Our Finance Consulting team supports the agenda of the CFOs in those organisations. This can be in a functional capacity as they seek to drive the efficiency and control of their Finance functions and improve the effectiveness of Finance’s contribution to the business through insight and challenge. It also though extends to their organization-wide role of making sure the organization delivers on its strategy whilst optimizing the value it gets from its resources, underpinned by strong financial management and robust commercially based decision making.


As a Senior Associate you will work as part of a team of problem solvers with consulting or industry experience, helping our clients solve their complex issues. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting workstreams on large projects or owning smaller projects, identifying and managing risk, driving for delivery, and exceeding the expectations of our clients and our own quality criteria

  • Supporting Managers and Senior Managers with business development activities

  • Contributing to the development of strategies to solve complex technical challenges for our clients

  • Building and maintaining relationships with clients

  • Contributing to the development of your own technical acumen

  • Continuing to develop internal relationships and developing your PwC brand

You will primarily work on the delivery of client engagements, contributing to change projects, and you will also be expected to support sales origination where possible.

Essential skills and experience
  • Experience of Pharmaceutical companies preferred, but not essential

  • A delivery track record on Finance change projects

  • Demonstrable stakeholder management and relationship building capabilities;

  • Experience of presenting alternative solutions and risks and influencing outcome

  • Commercial acumen

  • Supported the development of solutions to Finance challenges in one or more of the following areas

    • Finance vision, strategy and operating models

    • Finance process redesign and optimisation

    • Organisation wide Cost reduction solutions, including benefits realization approach

    • Investment Business Cases

    • Finance system design and implementation – EPM, ERP, MI Visualisation tools etc,

    • Cultural change and continuous improvement

Desirable Skills & Experience
  • Education to degree level plus either formal accounting qualification or equivalent understanding of accounting principles.

  • Understanding of back office transformation approaches outside of pure finance such as HR, IT or Procurement transformation

  • Finance Systems architecture, Data architecture and data management

  • Exposure to robotics process automation and other disruptive technologies

  • Experience of a lean approach to process/cost optimisation


In Consulting we deliver practical, far-sighted advice that gets straight to the heart of clients’ business issues and delivers amazing results by helping our clients improve the way they operate, reduce costs, manage risks, leverage talent or fundamentally change the way they do business, the work you do will be all about helping organisations of all shapes and sizes work smarter and grow faster. You could find yourself working with household names in a diverse range of industries – everyone from big-name broadcasters and high-street banks to multinational telecoms operators and energy companies.

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.

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We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

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Job information

Firm: PwC

Location: Belfast

Education: Postgraduate degree

Benefits: Competive


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