Posted 1 week ago


Our client (Public Pharmaceutical Company) in the East Bay (Newark) has a temporary need for a Director or Senior Director of Finance person.  This is a temporary assignment with the possibility of converting to temp-to-perm.  The candidate MUST have industry experience from Biotech (Biotechnology, Pharma, Medical Device, Live Science, etc.).  The Director/Senior Director of Finance is a key leader in the Finance organization who manages, prepares, and administers the annual budget, periodic forecasts, long-range plan and other business decision analyses.  He/she is a seasoned accounting and financial planning professional with experience in a fast-paced public company environment and who is a proven leader in a changing and growing business.  This role will report to the Head of Finance and manage two senior level staff (Clinical Trial Manager and an Associate Director of FP&A).


Essential Functions:

  • Lead the annual budgeting and periodic forecasting processes
  • Oversee monthly budget vs. actual variance analysis and related reporting to department heads
  • Partner with Accounting to ensure accuracy of accruals and provide monthly close support
  • Develop and maintain long range strategic plan (LRP) and ad-hoc scenario analyses
  • Collaborate with business partners and provide financial decision support on strategic planning initiatives
  • Assist in development of detailed financial analysis for new clinical trials and manufacturing initiatives
  • Develop and implement treasury and cash management strategy, including policies, procedures and reporting
  • Provide strategic support for equity and debt financing activities and assist with tax planning initiatives
  • Execute internal financial controls to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley 404 requirements
  • Support Commercial in development of product and indication revenue models and related analyses
  • Partner with Business Development to provide analytical and valuation support for transactions
  • Provide annual compensation modeling and other support to Human Resources
  • Develop financial guidance for public reporting purposes and review external analyst models, providing recommendations to Investor Relations
  • Ensure accurate and timely preparation of all regular management reports; seek to enhance reporting frameworks and tools to drive greater financial accountability and acumen across Company
  • Prepare presentation of Board materials in relation to any or all the above items
  • Recruit, manage and mentor staff for optimal performance
  • Other projects, as directed by the Corporate Controller, Finance and Administration


Preferred Experience:

  • 8+ year’s business/finance experience in a public company to include budgeting, forecasting, accounting and financial planning.
  • Experience in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries strongly preferred.
  • Proven analytical and project management skills.
  • Logical and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience in treasury management and/or risk management desirable.
  • Experience as team expert on an ERP system highly desirable.
  • Experience in a Sarbanes Oxley compliant environment required.
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP accounting.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree with heavy accounting/finance coursework or equivalent
  • CPA and/or MBA degree strongly desired


Additional Skills/Qualifications:

  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills required. Experience working with Executive Teams in a senior financial role required
  • Highest level of professional and ethical performance standards
  • Collaborative team player who works and partners effectively with senior and junior colleagues
  • Ability to motivate team to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments, deal with interruptions, and meet deadlines in a fast paced and growth oriented environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Office and advanced Excel experience required.

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