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MSD

Finance Graduate

Job/scheme locations: 
Milton Keynes & London
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 
03/01/2021

Description

We offer an exciting 2-year graduate programme for graduates that are looking to work with us to deliver on our mission to save and improve lives. Our programme will give you the opportunity to collaborate alongside subject matter experts, bring your own ideas and share real responsibility whilst delivering on meaningful projects alongside a passionate, diverse and inclusive workforce.

Who we are

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products. We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With over 70,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of over 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world's biggest investors in Research & Development.

We are officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification for the third year running.

Job Description

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.

24 Month Graduate scheme encompassing three 8-month rotations in Financial Planning & Analysis (London), Accounting & Reporting (London) and Animal Health Finance (Milton Keynes)

Where do you start

8 months in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) - based in London

You will begin your journey in Finance within the Human Health Financial Planning & Analysis team where you will be supporting in the preparation of business result reports, financial forecasts and analyses to support the Corporate objectives.

Duties & responsibilities

  • Build an understanding of the UK Human Health commercial organisation
  • Help ensure the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of the month-end close
  • Monitor, track, and report business performance (sales and expenses) to facilitate decision making and business support
  • Support in the building of the Financial forecast and submission to Regional Finance
  • Sales and sales adjustment calculation and analysis
  • Assist in maintaining an effective internal control environment and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and corporate policies

What's next

8 months in Accounting to Reporting (AtR) - based in London

Within the Accounting to Reporting function of the Finance team you will be supporting our organisation across all divisions to support the quality, accuracy and timeliness of all in-market accounting activities (e.g., month-end close, inventory and cost accounting, accruals, balance sheet review, trade relation & contract management, etc.) for all reportable/legal entities.

Duties & responsibilities

  • Liaise with Regional / Global Delivery teams and support transactional accounting activities (e.g., period-end adjustments, Purchase Order / invoice processing, cash application / collection, cash & investment accounting, intercompany, fixed assets, etc.), while ensuring compliance with all quality / control requirements
  • Respond to inquiries from key business stakeholders (e.g., Finance Lead, Regional / Divisional Controller, etc.) regarding financial results and variances
  • Working alongside our team to build awareness on the importance of a strong internal control environment for all reportable/legal entities
  • Work alongside our team on internal and external audits and review any findings. Work with the team to provide recommendations for potential internal control impacts

What's next

8 months in Animal Health Finance - based in Milton Keynes

The Animal Health Financial Planning & Analysis team is a small, highly focused team providing financial planning, analysis and decision support to the Animal Health commercial business.
 

  • Build an understanding of the UK Animal Health commercial organisation
  • Help ensure the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of the month-end close
  • Monitor, track, and report business performance (sales and expenses) to facilitate decision making and business support
  • Assist in the building of the Financial forecast and submission to Regional Finance
  • Sales and sales adjustment calculation and analysis
  • Assist in maintaining an effective internal control environment and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and corporate policies

Technical Requirements

  • Studying towards a degree (or equivalent qualification) in a Maths, Economics or Business-related discipline, either predicted or gained within the last two years
  • Studied one or more of the following A-Level subjects; Maths, Economics and Business
  • Project management experience with examples of delivering initiatives from start to finish with clear goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates numeric, IT and analytical skills

Qualities we look for

  • Operates with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Comprehends and aligns with our organization's core values
  • Aligns and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrates initiative, proactivity and academic curiosity
  • Encourages and boosts their colleagues through teamwork
  • Demonstrates clear and effective communication
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and improve their performance through feedback
  • Demonstrates the ability to be comfortable raising potential risks and having difficult and candid conversations
  • Demonstrates ability to work autonomously whilst also thriving from working productively within a cross-functional team

What happens at the end of the 24 month scheme

Throughout the 24 month scheme you will receive guidance and mentoring to not only help you through your current role, but also to prepare you for applications to permanent roles within the organisation, with the aim that you will continue your career journey with our organisation. You will also be expected, and supported, to undertake your professional Finance Qualification (CIMA or ACCA) from when you join the scheme.

Deadline for applications

We assess applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. This role will be removed once this position has been filled.

Other important information

Our presence in the UK goes back a long way. For over 80 years, we've been researching, developing and supplying new medicines and vaccines that prevent and treat diseases that occur at every stage of life.
Today we're one of the top five biopharmaceutical companies in the UK and employ over 2,000 people across five sites in Hertfordshire, Northumberland, Buckinghamshire, Edinburgh and London.

How are MSD in the UK adjusting our hiring process with COVID-19?

At MSD in the UK our key priorities during the current COVID-19 outbreak are both maintaining supply of critical medicines to our patients and ensuring the health and safety of our employees and candidates. In support of Government measures to limit the spread of infection, we have therefore developed a new flexible, virtual route for candidates applying and interviewing for our open roles.

Equal Opportunities

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

We do not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

What we look for 

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

INVENT.
IMPACT.
INSPIRE.

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