Senior Business Controller Operations


DFE Pharma is a global leader in global leader in pharmaceutical ingredients. Their products (excipients) play an essential role in almost every medicine: excipients are the inactive substances that are blended with the active ingredients in medicine for purposes such as binding, bulking, disintegration or to aid in the processing of the active ingredient. Just an example: in half of all paracetamol used worldwide, DFE Pharma’s excipient is used.

The purpose of DFE Pharma: Your Medicines, Our Solutions. Moving to a Healthier World. This means they provide customers – but also customers’ customers – with their solutions, both in high-quality excipients and in technical solutions. Together they work towards a healthier world. A healthier world for people (patients and consumers), but also for the planet.

With more than a century of experience and around 450 people worldwide, they are serving over 5,000 customers in 100+ countries worldwide. DFE Pharma is a company that has aspects of both a multinational company and a medium sized company. Multinational because of the global presence, but medium sized because of the non-hierarchical and flat structure.

The global headquarter of DFE Pharma is located in Goch, Germany. This is very close to the Dutch/German border - approx. 80 km from Duesseldorf, 30 km from Nijmegen, 40 km from Venlo. Hybrid working is possible, think of 2 or 3 days a week in Goch, the rest from home or the manufacturing sites.

Since 2020, DFE Pharma is jointly owned by Royal FrieslandCampina and CVC Capital Partners. The combination of these two shareholders supports DFE Pharma's growth ambitions and provides further opportunities to excel as a global leader in pharmaceutical ingredients. As this demands great entrepreneurial power, they are always looking for people who take ownership and are not afraid of accountability. This is why we are now looking for a passionate finance business partner for Operations (the production plants and the global supply chain). 

The ideal candidate

We are looking for an energetic financial with experience in a production environment. You are a strong stakeholder manager, business and culture sensitive and a real business partner.  You are able to positively stimulate colleagues and you are one of the driving forces behind the growth and professionalization of the organization.

Next to this, we ask:

  • Master’s degree in Economics – Business Economics, Accounting, Auditing or Controlling;
  • Extensive relevant experience in Management Accounting/Controlling in a production/ manufacturing setting and good understanding of financial accounting;
  • Experience with and good understanding of plant control and supply chain control. Think of cost price calculations, yield analyses, cost to serve analysis, product and client profitability, etc.;
  • Understanding principles and applying the principles of internal control policies and accounting procedures;
  • Fluent in English (German and Dutch are an advantage);
  • Strong affinity with IT and digitalisation (SAP is preferred).

This dynamic role brings exposure and impact all over the world and ensures there’s never a dull moment.

The job profile

In order to facilitate the growth and to realize further professionalization of the financial and operational organization, we are looking for a powerful Senior Business Controller Operations. A role in which you are the right hand of the COO and in which you have a direct reporting line to the CFO. You are part of a team of three Senior Controllers and two Junior Controllers and you and your peers are supported by a Shared Service Centre in Budapest for Accounting Operations and Financial Control. 

In this position of Senior Business Controller Operations you support the five global production sites and supply chain. You are an important member of the Operations Management Team and support the team with performance measurement, financial analysis, identifying new opportunities and (ad hoc) business cases. Next to this, you ensure Operations has robust systems and procedures in place from a Financial perspective. This role also gives you the chance to make business trips abroad now and then.

Are you interested?

If you would like to know more about the position or receive the extended job profile, please contact Frederik.