Operations Controller

Corden Pharma International Switzerland, Basel
CPI Basel, CH

Corden Pharma International Switzerland, Basel

CPI Basel, CH

Our Company

CordenPharma is a leading full-service contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), excipients and pharmaceuticals Drug Products (DP) and packaging capabilities with > 2’600 employees across the world. Our services enable pharmaceutical and biotech companies to manufacture medicines with the ultimate goal of improving people’s lives.

Our network in Europe and the US offers flexible and specialized solutions across five technology platforms: Peptides, Lipids & Carbohydrates; Injectables; Highly Potent & Oncology; and Small Molecules. We strive for excellence in supporting this network and are committed to providing the highest quality products for the well-being of patients.

Corden Pharma International acts as the management company of the Corden Pharma Group. Besides the Executive Leadership Team, CPI has central functions such as Finance, Sales & Marketing, Legal, HR and Corporate Development, which work for the Corden Pharma Group across locations and on an international level.

The Operations Controller monitors and analyses the performance of the Group on the commercial products, development projects and CAPEX at each stage (budget, forecast and monthly). The position aims also to harmonize the methodology across the different entities of the Group and to design, implement and maintain common group tools. The Operations Controller is in liaison with the Head of Group Controlling and the Head of Global Project Management as well as the respective site and global Project Managers and local site Finance team.


  • >> Standard cost accounting: set and maintain the group cost accounting and reporting principles in line with the Head of Group Controlling and the Head of Global Project Management expectations, design the tools and roll them out across the sites, providing assistance and user guidelines.
  • >> Coordinate the budget and forecast exercises by ensuring the completion of different group tools, analyze and challenge the output such as hourly rates and overhead factors, sales, production plan, resources utilization and profitability figures per product / project. Ensure general alignment between budgeted sales, production planning and resources. Assist the Head of Group Controlling for the group budget financial package and presentation.
  • >> Monthly site performance reporting: maintain the group monthly performance tool, ensure the sites report the requested KPIs in a timely manner and as per group instructions. Assist the sites in improving their internal controlling process, highlight and proactively communicate on major deviations.
  • >> Project and manufacturing controlling: maintain global project controlling tools (forecast calculation, physical progress and Earned Value Management). Establish and implement global manufacturing controlling tools to monitor the COGS through product costing analysis. Highlight and proactively communicate of major deviations.
  • >> Cost estimate: support Marketing & Sales for the NPI process in assisting the sites to use the group quotation tool and develop it further to match the evolving requirements. Develop the feedback process to generate the necessary ratios for quotation.
  • >> CAPEX controlling: maintain global CAPEX cost controlling tool to monitor the costs of the major CAPEX projects. Maintain and update the CAPEX site report as required for the forecast and budget exercises. Responsible for the monthly site CAPEX reports.
  • >> Support the Head of Group Controlling in the monthly group financial report if needed, the management with ad-hoc business case studies / analysis for the group development. Assist the management in defining cost saving opportunities.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • >> Experience and education in Finance or Controlling with a minimum of 5 years of professional successful track record in manufacturing and project controlling including CAPEX; experienced in SAP and Microsoft Office applications (including Power BI)
  • >> Broad experience in CRO and CDMO or equivalent industries ideally in both segments Drug Product and Drug Substance
  • >> Act as a strong team player within an international and multi-cultural team, develop efficient and structured ways of working with team member
  • >> Able to deal with stressful situations and to translate project objectives into a work plan as well as entrepreneurial behavior, striving for results through taking ownership, being demanding and persistent as well as being solution focused and achievement-orientated
  • >> Excellent communication (both written and oral) skills in English, further language(s) a plus; willingness to travel on a regular basis.

What we offer

With us you have the chance to work in a small, multicultural and highly motivated team with flat hierarchies. We offer flexible working hours, partly remote is state of the art with us. The rest of the benefits and why you should join us, let’s discuss in a personnel meeting.


We look forward to your complete application including CV, motivation letter and reference letters.
Please send your application to the following Email address:
[email protected]