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Finance Director

Company: Cepheid
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert System, we've taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).

Position summary:

The Director - IT Finance Systems is a senior IT Leader accountable for providing technology partnership and delivery on system capabilities for all Finance business activities at Cepheid. He/She will partnering with Cepheid's Finance organization to lead the digital transformation of its business processes. This role is expected to act as a strategic partner to Finance and collaborate with them to define and implement capability roadmaps and technology solutions that enable business objectives. This role will drive the assessment, prioritization and execution of projects and lead an internal team of Finance Technology Associates as well as external Consultants to deliver high quality solutions. This role would be operating in a matrix organization structure directly responsible for Americas Finance Systems needs as well as providing functional leadership (dotted-line) to the EMEA and APAC Finance IT resources.

Essential job responsibilities:
  • Act as Business Relationship Manager to Finance executives to understand their goals and the business capabilities they require
  • Develop and communicate IT solutions roadmap to address those business needs, in alignment with the overall IT Enterprise Architecture guidelines
  • In collaboration with Finance management, lead the process of getting new requests for IT solutions assessed and prioritized
  • Collaborate with regional IT managers to gain alignment on regional vs global priorities, and to allocate resources accordingly in a matrixed environment.
  • Accountable for successful delivery of all Finance IT projects
  • Run projects through their complete lifecycle, from initial requirements gathering, through design to implementation and post-production support
  • Lead SAP Finance professionals, with dotted line oversight over regional associates, providing supervision and coaching to continuously develop the capabilities of the team and its ability to deliver business value
  • Lead external providers to deliver on committed SLAs for application support and projects
  • Evaluate, select and lead new vendors (applications or consulting) when needed to support requirements not covered by existing partners or solutions
  • Collaborate with other IT functions to ensure solutions are well designed, integrated and aligned with other functions' IT roadmaps
  • Promote the use of robust project portfolio and project management methodologies
  • Regularly communicate project status and progress against roadmaps to Finance partners
Minimum requirements:

Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Business, or related field or the equivalent in work experience.
  • 14 + years of experience in the IT profession focused on ERP design and management
  • 10+ years of SAP FICO configuration and implementation experience, with good understanding of the integration with other SAP modules (especially SD, MM and PP)
  • 5+ years supporting the Finance function in a global manufacturing company
  • 5+ years in a supervisory role, leading a team in Finance IT and SAP professionals
Knowledge and skills:
  • Experience of financial processes in a multi-national, multi-currency manufacturing and distribution environment.
  • Experience working with 3rd party Finance applications integrated to SAP (tax software, A/P or A/R automation, expense management, financial planning, etc.)
  • Demonstrated success in implementing global and complex IT systems projects on time and within budget
  • Experience building relationships with senior Finance leaders to comprehend their business strategies and requirement and to design solutions to meet those needs
  • Ability to provide multi-functional leadership to ensure project objectives are met
  • Ability to identify, clarify and resolve project issues and risks as needed.
  • Good analytical problem solving and fact-finding skills
Preferred requirements:
  • Experience with SAP S/4HANA
  • Experience with OneStream Finance Technologies
  • PMP certification

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available at: Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available here .

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