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Sr Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Ascendis Pharma

This is a Full-time position in Palo Alto, CA posted June 8, 2021.

Do you want to be part of building a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company together with a team of highly skilled colleagues who are passionate about developing best-in-class therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs?

Then Ascendis Pharma is committed to supporting your professional development on our journey.
Ascendis Pharma is looking to hire an experienced Senior Director Financial Planning & Analysis to join our team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing, innovative company!
Position Summary
This position will be a senior member Ascendis Finance organization, leading and driving the FP&A team, comprised of Corporate FP&A, R&D/G&A FP&A and FP&A Systems.

This individual will be a key business-facing Finance team member providing critical business and financial decision support and will play the lead role in establishing best practices and driving processes such as in Budgeting/Forecasting, Management Reporting and other ad hoc analyses as the organization grows.

The role will be based in Palo Alto and will report directly to the VP, Corporate Finance.
Key Responsibilities
Oversee and manage the Corporate FP&A and Finance Business Partnering for the R&D and G&A functions Lead all Corporate Financial processes and timelines; actively communicate with Business Partners to ensure they adhere to requirements Develop and lead Budget/Forecast, Board of Directors and other critical Finance discussions with Senior Management Coordinate with other Finance functions to drive the Earnings process Provide financial business partnership and decision support to various stakeholders Develop, analyze, interpret and present financial results to various stakeholders within the organization, with the ability to adapt messaging depending on the audience, from executive level to the line manager level.

Establish and define Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (Business and Financial Metrics) and reports to manage and measure business performance in the most effective manner Proactively and creatively seek out opportunities to generate business cases to evaluate various options and assess their respective financial and business impact Advising on key business planning assumptions, trade-offs and scenarios to support strategic decisions within the business Responsible for optimizing financial processes across the organization Business Owner for EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) and BI (Business Intelligence) tools as part of building out the necessary Finance technology infrastructure Over time, continue to build and manage a world-class FP&A Organization
Minimum 12 Years’ financial planning and analysis experience Bachelor’s degree required.

CPA/MBA is preferred Experience and familiarity with ERP, MDM, Planning/Reporting (Cognos) and BI technologies Hands-on, with the ability to transition from strategic thinking to tactical execution Analytical and problem-solving skills Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, can multi-task in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with changing priorities Understanding of GAAP/IFRS accounting principles is required Ability to travel up to 25% Domestically and internationally Advanced skills in MS Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint Experience in a multi-national corporation supporting users across different geographies Experience in biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry (commercial stage preferred)
Position Specific Requirements
Ability to think bigger picture across different functional areas of the business and help arrive at the best decision for the overall organization Ability to incorporate multiple perspectives and variables to analyze issues in order to reach an opinion and recommendation on best path forward Ability to clearly articulate pros and cons of different available options and propose recommendations
Preferred Skills
Advanced skills in MS Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint Experience in a multi-national corporation supporting users across different geographies Experience in biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry (commercial stage preferred)
Medical insurance Vision insurance Dental insurance 401(k) Paid maternity leave Paid paternity leave Commuter benefits Disability insurance
San Francisco and Los Angeles applicants The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance or the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (as applicable).