Director, Finance - FP&A, R&D Biotech

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Foster City, CA
Job Type
Direct Hire
May 24, 2017
Job ID
Director, Finance - FP&A, R&D/Development Operations, Foster City, CA
Our client, a leading F100 biotech company with an impressive track record of success, is seeking a Finance Director to join their R&D Finance team.  Bio/Pharma background is preferred.  This socially responsible company offers a highly competitive compensation package.
The Director, R&D Finance, partners with the Development Operations leadership in R&D to lead financial forecasting, reporting & analysis on a global basis.  The position will also drive process improvement initiatives and ad hoc projects.  The Director will partner with Development Operations Leadership to develop robust and actionable annual and quarterly forecasts and work with Finance and Accounting Teams to oversee the monthly financial close and deliver robust monthly reporting that highlight key business drivers and risks.  Additionally, the Director will be responsible to provide support and leadership on key strategic business initiatives.
The individual must be able to lead and meet deadlines for multiple priorities and projects drawing on disciplines from finance and project management.  The individual will drive the delivery of accurate and timely management reporting including monthly financial and project level reporting and provide analytical support to senior management along with the following:
  • Financial and Regulatory compliance.
  • Deliver monthly reporting and variance analysis and maintain a consistent internal reporting structure.
  • Provide ongoing analytical support to management including preparing budgets and forecasts, and supporting the portfolio review and strategic planning.
  • Collaborate with senior members of the FP&A team to manage the annual planning calendar involving in-depth coordination of strategic plan, budget and forecasts. 
  • Drive improvements to the reporting processes and enhance leveraging of the systems.
  • Continue to improve on build out of a scalable, global, reporting platform.
  • The individual should be able to establish strong relationships within Finance and with the Development Operations teams to deliver analytical and actionable results. 
  • Publishing and providing the analysis for the Monthly Analysis package focusing on performance and variance analyses.
  • Becoming a key business partner to Development Operations leadership teams by providing timely and insightful financial support.
  • Leading and driving the Global Budget and Forecast process to effectively communicate deliverables and timelines to Business Partners and within R&D Finance and to coordinate the Calendar with Corporate Finance.
  • Providing ad hoc analysis in support of Key Strategic Initiatives.
  • Understand the interdependencies within Development Operations and R&D to provide financial transparency to Finance and Business Partners.
  • Understand Business drivers and identify their impact.
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls, company policies and procedures including the Worldwide Controller’s Policies.
  • Identify and drive opportunities for process improvement and implement course of action.
  • Be a motivated self-starter and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Lead and develop teams.
  • Embrace change and be comfortable working in a fast-paced, matrix environment.
  • Experienced in working with teams in multiple geographies.
  • Pharmaceutical experience is highly desirable.
  • MBA is preferred.  Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting (CPA is a plus) and 14+ years of relevant experience in financial planning and analysis (both at corporate and business unit levels).
  • 8+ years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated success working in a deadline driven, multi-task environment.
  • Experience with Oracle, Hyperion, Essbase, and OBIEE is preferred.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical abilities.
  • High level thinker combined with attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in creating and delivering PowerPoint presentations.
  • Experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry and at a multi-national organization is a plus.
  • Must be fluent in English (written and spoken)