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Group Head of FP&A

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Thanks for checking out our vacancy, we’re delighted you want to learn more about Dechra!

Dechra are a growing, global specialist within the world of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Our expertise is in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide.

Here at Dechra, our values are embedded within our culture and thrive within our family of almost 2500 colleagues globally. From manufacturing to marketing, (D)edication, (E)njoyment, (C)ourage, (H)onesty, (R)elationships and (A)mbition are at the heart of our everyday operations and the way we do business.

The Opportunity 

As the Group Head of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A), you will be responsible for overseeing and leading all aspects of financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis for Dechra. You will play a pivotal role in providing strategic insights, driving financial performance, and supporting decision-making processes at both operational and strategic levels.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in financial analysis, excellent leadership skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.

As Group Head of FP&A the role holder will have the gravitas to work with the Divisional Finance Directors to provide analysis and decision support to Senior Executive Team members and other key stakeholders.

Role Responsibility

So, what will you be doing? This role has a broad and varied remit and the successful candidate will have responsibility for duties including:

  • Lead the development and implementation of financial planning and analysis processes, policies, and procedures across Dechra.
  • Manage the annual budgeting and forecasting processes, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives and operational targets.
  • Provide insightful financial analysis and reporting to senior management, including variance analysis, trend analysis, and key performance indicators (KPIs) tracking.
  • Develop and maintain financial models to support business planning, scenario analysis, and decision-making.
  • Monitor and analyse financial performance against budgets, forecasts, and benchmarks, identifying areas of concern or opportunity and recommending corrective actions.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives across the Global FP&A function, leveraging technology and automation to streamline processes and enhance efficiency.
  • Lead and develop a small high-performing Group FP&A team, providing coaching, mentoring, and professional development opportunities to maximise their potential.
  • Partner with other finance functions, including Accounting, Treasury, and Tax, to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for own personal health & safety.

The Ideal Candidate

Here at Dechra we pride ourselves on being an inclusive employer and we embrace candidates from all walks of life. We’re particularly keen to hear from those who have/are:

  • Excellent planning, analytical and negotiation skills
  • Strong analytical skills with a deep understanding of complex data sets of financial concepts, including budgeting, forecasting, financial modelling, and performance analysis
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management abilities
  • Excellent leadership and management skills with the ability to inspire and develop a high-performing team
  • Commercially minded and a critical thinker
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to translate financial data into actionable insights and recommendations
  • Advanced proficiency in financial software and tools, including ERP systems (e.g. Oracle) and financial planning software (e.g. Hyperion)
  • Comfortable communicating in any medium and to any size audience in an inspiring, articulate and credible way
  • Self-starter with energy to, and ability to, work to tight deadlines
  • Displays high level of accuracy, diligence and integrity
  • Able to form relationships with wide range of people and strong team player with collaboration skills on an international level
  • Progressive experience in financial planning and analysis roles, preferably in a multinational corporation or a complex organisational environment
  • Proven track record of driving process improvements and implementing best practices in FP&A function
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to understand the broader strategic context of financial decisions
  • Candidates should possess a blend of financial expertise, leadership abilities, and strategic vision to excel in this position.
  • Willing to travel globally and domestically as required.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in relevant Finance, Accounting, Economics or related field

About the Company

All applications received are reviewed by our internal talent acquisition team and we will get in touch if your skills and experience match what we’re looking for. Should you not hear back from us within 28 days please don’t be too disappointed – we may keep your CV on our database for any future vacancies which may be suitable and we encourage you to keep an eye on our careers site. For any questions or queries, please contact us at

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

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