Corporate Controller / Vice President Finance

Finance Research Triangle Park, North Carolina


Position at Premier Research Group Limited

Premier Research helps highly innovative bio-pharmaceutical and medical device companies transform life-changing ideas into reality. We take on the most challenging areas of study, with a special focus on unmet needs in such areas as analgesia, CNS, rare diseases, medical device and diagnostics, and pediatric research. 

We’re looking for a talented and innovative Corporate Controller and Vice President, Finance to join our team!

You will be working and leading in an inclusive and collaborative environment with colleagues who are genuinely supportive regardless of location or seniority. Premier Research is on an exciting journey - there is a true buzz throughout the company, so come and be part of it! 

As the Corporate Controller and VP Finance, you’ll have the opportunity to be make a significant strategic impact on a dynamic, mid-sized organization, acting as a driven change-manager, responsible for Financial Controls, External Reporting and Compliance of the group-wide organization and managing the corporate organic expansion and acquisition integration processes.  

You’ll be accountable for:

  • The financial operations and associated risk management of the company, including the development of a financial strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems, including preparedness for Sarbanes-Oxley, designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results
  • Providing leadership, management, development and coaching of our highly motivated Finance team globally, including Accounting, Tax, Global Accounts Payable and Treasury functions
  • Exhibiting leadership in the organization of Premier Research’s values and accountability 

This includes:

  • Ensuring timely and accurate preparation and analysis of all financial and related results
  • Partnering and advising on strategic financial decision-making through business insights to enhance business performance; serving as strategic executive resource to leaders across Premier Research
  • Assisting CFO to develop and achieve KPIs focused on key business drivers and initiatives
  • Creating, motivating, developing and retaining a high quality team
  • Establishing a tone, tempo and culture that promotes not only high performance, accountability and results, but aspiration, caring and empathy, and empowerment with a “one team” approach; Inspiring, supporting and leading financial personnel to effectively achieve objectives and navigate challenges
  • Providing performance feedback, mentoring and coaching to team members on-going and during performance appraisals (including developed and measurable goals)
  • Understanding and mitigating key elements of the Premier Research’s financial risk profile
  • Constructing and monitoring reliable control systems
  • Personally reviewing and approving all corporate statutory account filings
  • Ensuring that Premier Research complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensuring record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Identifying, assessing and reporting risk issues to the CFO with a solutions-based approach
  • Maintaining relations with external auditors and managing the financial audit process
  • Monitoring cash balances and forecasts; arranging for debt and equity financing; maintaining banking relationships; representing the company with investment bankers and investors
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining financial and tax strategies and compliance
  • US GAAP compliance, planning and adoption; Sarbanes-Oxley 

You’ll need this to be considered: 

  • Undergraduate degree or international equivalent from an accredited institution is required, preferably in financial, business or scientific related field; MBA is an advantage
  • CPA professional accounting qualification is essential
  • Fifteen (15) years progressive financial management experience along with 10 years leadership
  • Mid-to-large company experience, with global business operations originating out of US
  • Business expansion experience, managing mergers/acquisitions and organic growth
  • ASC 606 experience within a CRO environment is highly desirable
  • Proficiency in pricing and partnership business models; M&A and business integrations
  • Development and implementation of Finance and Tax strategy
  • Expert in US Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) and knowledge of IFRS
  • Knowledge of US Tax, Corporate Tax planning and US & international tax compliance
  • Proficiency with systems, workflow analysis, process improvements and metrics
  • Demonstrable management experience to inspire a team in a dynamic environment
  • Strong organizational planning, prioritization, negotiation, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership, skills with an ability to partner with an innovative leadership team; Communicate and negotiate in a strategic, effective and relatable manner with internal and external constituents of various levels and diverse backgrounds, working sensitively with different cultures
  • Analytical capabilities, including the ability to think critically and strategically and to propose and implement change
  • Strong influencing skills on all levels, motivating and inspiring a high performance team, maintaining a positive and results-driven work environment; ability to influence without authority
  • Ability to multitask and work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • Accountable, dependable and strong commitment
  • Is customer-service and collaboratively focused approach to work both internally and externally