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Financial Specialist

Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the Role

The Financial Specialist is accountable for budget planning, analytics and payment execution in a direct country or extended country group (OPC and satellite countries) in close collaboration with Study Start-Up Managers, Clinical Project Managers and Contracting Specialists in compliance with Novartis processes, GCP/ICH and regulatory requirements.

• Supports country SSU strategy in close collaboration with Study Start-Up Team Lead and Study Start-Up Managers to ensure SSU timelines and deliverables are met according to country commitments
• Responsible for accounting and execution of investigator payments in a direct country or extended study group (OPC and satellite countries) in close collaboration with Study Start-Up Manager, Clinical Project Manager and Contracting Specialist in assigned projects
• Project controlling & budget management supports financial planning, forecasting and management, analyses and reports project costs and their drivers
• Set up & validation of investigator contracts in the accounting system for clinical studies
• Executes and monitors internal controls
• Translates Grant Plans into local Payment Schemes
• Prepares and submits country TCF(s)
• Updates systems (ACT, Optimus, etc.)
• Executes payments, communicates with sites when it comes to payment issues
• Tracks and oversees payment status
• Ensures adherence to financial standards, prevailing legislation, ICH/GCP, IRB/IEC, Health Authority and SOP requirements
• Implements innovative and efficient processes which are in line with Novartis strategy

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

We are committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Role Requirements

• Commercial or financial training (e.g., vocational qualification) or a degree in scientific, finance or economics discipline
• Fluent in both written and spoken English and Dutch
• Demonstrated ability to problem solve and mediate complex issues
• Strong financial and business economics background
• Strong process and system understanding
• Independent, dynamic, structured and committed way of working
• Communicates effectively in a local/global matrixed environment

• Experience in clinical operations and/or project management
• Understanding of clinical drug development with particular emphasis on trial set-up, and contracting
• Understanding of the international aspects of drug development process, including strong knowledge of international standards (GCP/ICH), health authorities (FDA/EMA), local/National Health Authorities regulations and Novartis standards

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