Director/Sr. Director, R&D Finance & Portfolio Analytics

January 12, 2021
Emeryville, CA
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Job Req #:  21-00282
Job Description: Director/Sr. Director, R&D Finance & Portfolio Analytics
Location:  San Francisco CA or Cambridge, MA
Position Type: FTE/ Direct Hire

The Director/Sr. Director – R&D Finance will provide key business partnering support to our clients Research & Development Functions and Portfolio. Based in either Cambridge, Massachusetts or San Francisco Bay Area, CA and reporting into the VP of R&D Finance, this role will be an important member of the Finance leadership teams. The ideal candidate will serve as a key, strategic thought partner to both the VP of R&D Finance and broader senior R&D team, and as a leader within the internal finance function.  

Essential Functions of the job:

  • Support the annual operating plan, budget and quarterly forecasting processes 
  • Provide decision support for portfolio governance decisions 
  • Provide financial support to our external development collaborations 
  • Develop internal reporting packages, dashboards and monthly BVA reports to support decision making 
  • Proactively identify, design, and implement enhancements to existing sourcing and governance processes to drive enterprise efficiency and resource optimization 
  • Provide management with forecast insights, performance metrics and financial analytics for improved organizational decision making 
  • Strong knowledge of FP&A reporting systems 

Computer Skills:

  • Strong computer software skills (Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience using financial systems, including skill with ERP and budgeting tools (e.g., TM1, Hyperion, Adaptive, etc)

Education/Experience Required: 

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in financial planning role, preferably in pharma or biotech organization
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Finance or Accounting required
  • Strong business partnering, influencing and analytical skills with demonstrated business insights and process impact in previous roles

 Travel:  Minimal travel throughout the U.S. may be required
Tom Gartland
Technical Recruiter

About Ascent:
The Ascent Services Group (ASG) is a nationally recognized technology staffing and consulting firm whose fundamental business is providing staffing services to Small, Medium, and Large Enterprise clients in our core market verticals: Financial Services, Healthcare, Technology and Life Sciences.  As consultants for ASG, you will have access to many of the top clients within the industries we serve. 

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