Kaiser Permanente Executive Director, Pharmacy Controller in Pasadena, California

The National Pharmacy Controller is responsible for providing leadership in:

pharmacy accounting to ensure financial accuracy across the program,

establishing and maintaining strong internal controls related to Pharmacy program-wide, assuring integrity of pharmacy data bases; and publication of pharmacy reports; leading Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts within pharmacy; develop, design and deliver risk mitigation solutions; participate as a strategic partner on key critical initiatives; build collaborative relationships in a complex organizational environment. The Executive Director and Pharmacy Controller has broad authority to ensure the implementation and adherence to Program and regional financial policies and controls. To achieve objectives, he/she plays a key role in coordination with: National Pharmacy Finance, Pharmacy Operations in all Regions, Chief Accounting Officer, Regional Controllers, Program Compliance Department personnel, regional operational departments, Program Offices personnel, direct oversight of SOX and Shared Services Organization personnel.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develops awareness and accountability within the pharmacy function on all aspects of internal controls in both financial and operational environments to ensure that assets are protected and the integrity of databases, especially financial data, are assured.

  • Leads the development, implementation, monitoring, correction, and improvement of the pharmacy-s control systems including: training of personnel; periodic evaluation of existing control systems; oversight of corrective action plans to remedy control weaknesses identified; and involvement in control design considerations of systems under development. Ensures the effectiveness of regulatory compliance and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) programs. Directs Pharmacy SOX Team. This encompasses application of Sarbanes-Oxley controls evaluation, monitoring and certification as required by the Program.

  • Responsible for ensuring the integrity and completeness of data (including required disclosures) of financial reports provided to Regional Offices, Program Offices, reports to regulators, and all other major financial reports produced by pharmacy.

  • Ensures timely processing of transactions and data, as necessary, for accurate and timely closing of the books, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

  • Accountable for all aspects of pharmacy transactions in Regional general ledgers and related interfaces / financial systems including system design and controlled access. Works with other financial and non-financial staff to accomplish accurate and timely close. Directs Pharmacy Accounting and other regional staff, as assigned.

  • Coordinates with Program Offices, other regional personnel, other Program Controllers and PMG partners in development and implementation of financial policy.

  • Guides the representation of pharmacy staff in internal, external and regulatory audits including KPMG, SOX, Internal Audit Services, National Environmental Health & Safety (NEH&S) and other identified management issues.

  • Responsible for the management of regulatory financial issues, including monitoring of compliance with key regulatory financial requirements.

  • Executes continuous improvement and daily operations managing within department budget

  • Develops training programs to ensure personnel are informed of new policies and procedures

  • Responsible for staff development.

Basic Qualifications: Experience

  • Minimum ten (10) years of comprehensive experience leading major financial activities of a multi-faceted health plan, health care system or multi-service provider setting, including controllership functions, cost management, financial analysis and reporting, general accounting and financial systems.


  • Bachelor-s degree in accounting, finance, business, economics or related field.

License, Certification, Registration

  • CPA required.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience with cost management, financial analysis and budgeting techniques.

  • Experience with major financial software systems.

  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles. Prefer knowledge of state and regulatory accounting and reporting requirements, including knowledge of NAIC accounting requirements; if not existing, must demonstrate ability to develop knowledge quickly.

  • Significant compliance orientation with demonstrated expertise in internal controls and Sarbanes Oxley.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and staff development skills.

  • Facility with matrix management techniques. Successful experience in achieving results through people in a complex organization.

  • Demonstrated expertise as a financial and strategic leader, including but not limited to: Outstanding financial technical skills; Excellent problem solving skills; Proven capability to motivate change and galvanize action; Consistent delivery of results to the satisfaction of internal and external customers; Proven ability to balance execution of the strategic vision through leadership and delegation, with a willingness and competence to dive into the details, as required.

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, including but not limited to: Developing dynamic, constructive working relationships and partnerships with operational and physician partners; willingness to challenge the -status quo-; Excellent interpersonal skills (negotiation, listening and communication skills) characterized by effective interactions with a diverse range of internal and external constituents, stakeholders and audiences; Ability to lead by teaching, strong staff development skills; Demonstrated business savvy - effective in working in highly matrixed organization using good negotiation skills and authority to move projects / issues to completion; Decisiveness, action-orientation, personal integrity, capability to persevere in difficult situations, and a focus on strategic leadership issues highly desired. Incumbent should also possess an open, collaborative leadership style that promotes teamwork and partnership while achieving desired results. Familiarity with governmental programs in the health care field, which will affect the financial operations of the business.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public accounting or internal audit experience preferred.

  • Health care and pharmacy experience strongly preferred.

  • MBA preferred.

  • Significant involvement in major system implementations as user preferred.


TITLE: Executive Director, Pharmacy Controller

LOCATION: Pasadena, California


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.