Manufacturing Finance Leader

 •  Eli Lilly Clinton, IN

5 - 7 years experience  •  Biotech/Pharma

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/22/17
Clinton, IN
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/22/17

Elanco is a global research-based company that develops and delivers product and services to enhance animal health and production. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Lilly. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are in Greenfield, Indiana Responsibilities .

Financial Management

This position will be a member of the Clinton Leadership Team (CLT). As the site’s functional expert, the consultant/manager will be responsible for financial reporting and financial management of the entire site including: Balance sheet, income statement, Sarbanes-Oxley control documentation, execution and sub-certification processes as well as business relationships and contracting. As one of the senior leaders for the site, the consultant/manager will participate in strategy, health and safety; contribute to CLT dialog as well as broader leadership activities including: quality updates, plant presentations and other plant wide initiatives. This position is the primary investor advocate in the business and is responsible to ensure that the shareholder’s interests are part of every business conversation. This position will have primary general manager support responsibility and will lead the business performance portion of monthly reporting to senior Elanco management.

The consultant/manager will supervise the senior financial analyst in all regards. This will include all supervisory responsibilities (HR, C&B, performance, etc.) as well as supervising the analysts’ preparation for metric reporting and annual business planning activities including: setting capacities, standard costing and business partner interaction. On a monthly basis the consultant/manager will help ensure that expenses, variances and inventories at Clinton Labs are accurate and timely in their reporting and that forecasts are accurate representations of our expectation of monthly results.

Primary areas of responsibility include financial control processes, segments of financial planning, reporting and forecasting, and special projects including support for six sigma efforts. An understanding of core accounting principles is key to success in this role.

In addition to the primary areas of financial responsibility, the consultant/manager will be responsible for the implementation, maintenance and execution of the full suite of Sarbanes-Oxley controls as well as ensuring that appropriate controls are in place for all plant site assets and transactions. This responsibility will include signing the quarterly sub-certification, reviewing all controls and monthly documentation and leading internal and external auditors through the controls, asset verifications and documentation reviews as required.

Developing an understanding of operations at Clinton and of the broader Elanco business will prove central to delivering maximum value in this role. The financial consultant/manager is expected to bring financial and business perspective to day to day operations by interpreting financial data and presenting pertinent information. Opportunity to support special projects that help improve the business and develop the consultant/manager’s sphere of influence will emerge as the analyst learns the site.

Providing timely and useful metrics and analyses that promote focus, alignment and accountability for our business partners is also key deliverable. In addition to all operations and support groups at Clinton Labs, key customers include manufacturing financial services in Indianapolis, and Elanco financial in Greenfield

Procurement Management
As the site procurement manager, the consultant/manager’s key activities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with site/Elanco leadership to create and drive procurement strategies that support the broad business objectives.
  • Analyze Clinton spending trends to identify opportunities for procurement resources to add value.
  • Educate and monitor FRAP compliance.
  • Develop key material/supplier risk mitigation strategies.
  • Supervise and/or oversee the activity of site procurement staff.
  • Oversee/participate on key sourcing councils that impact key areas of COPS.
  • Development of site procurement staff

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • People management and development.
  • Financial Stewardship - Key involvement in control processes and in forecast and closing activities and resulting management reporting providing analysis and explanation of business partner performance. Lead Clinton financial team in monthly closing activities. Maintain a strong internal control environment.
  • Deliver the site’s plan commitments through facilitation of the business plan, accountability focus and influencing decisions and performance.
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives.
  • Lead the business annual and long-range planning activities.
  • Proactive participation in CLT to maintain and enhance business decision making, governance, early identification of business risks and contingency development.
  • Business Partnering - Understand the operations of the site and the key drivers of performance and leverage that understanding in helping business partners make sound resource allocation decisions and evaluate special projects.
  • Business Planning Activities – Lead the finance team and our business partners in business planning activities including cost center expense planning, developing standard costs, planning absorption and variances, and analysis of results.
  • Knowledge Sharing - Work with the financial staff at Clinton and across other manufacturing sites to share key learning and help drive continuous improvement in manufacturing finance.
  • Understands/communicates the procurement vision and supports the realization of that vision.
  • Develop/influence sourcing strategies for Clinton Labs.
  • Ensure site compliance with global procurement policies


  • BS degree in Finance/Accounting or MBA with technical or operations undergrad (Engineering, Chemistry, Biology)
  • 5 years experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 5 years leadership experience
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Accounting/Finance experience.
  • Analytical thinker.
  • Computer/PC skills - especially Excel, also Word & Powerpoint (SAP is a big plus).
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills.
  • SOXexperience
  • LEAN and/or Cost Control background is a plus
  • Challenge and drive change

Additional Information

  • 8-hr. shift; some travel may be required.
  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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