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Associate Director, Commercial Finance

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Achaogen is seeking an Associate Director of Commercial Finance who will play a key role in the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) organization. Reporting to the Director of Finance, this position is responsible for financial, analytical, and budget support for the Commercial and Alliance Management organizations. Responsibilities include managing sales and marketing and commercial functional budgets, providing operational thought leadership and analytics, and collaborating with functional and program leaders. Individual will also support the Alliance Management organization to provide analytics for ongoing government grants, as well as input for forecasting and budgeting.

The candidate will demonstrate the ability to understand and apply various principles and possess a deep knowledge of the Commercialization process to solve a wide range of challenges, raise business issues, and identify and implement process improvement opportunities. A strong candidate will have a demonstrated ability to communicate to peers, clients, and top management in a clear and concise manner.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage FP&A responsibilities supporting and partnering with Commercial organization, including financial planning and tracking of operating expenses, headcount reporting, monthly close support, quarterly forecasting, annual budgeting, and variance analyses.
  • Forward looking financial analysis to provide decision support for the Commercial organization.
  • Conduct month-end close process to record proper accounting adjustments on revenue, gross-to-net (rebates/discount), and operating expenses.
  • Understand commercial strategy and associated metrics to act as liaison between Corporate Finance and Commercialization; ensure financial data are properly recorded, analyzed, and interpreted.
  • Collaboratively identify risks and opportunities that drive financial results; manage these risks and opportunities together with Finance and the Commercial team to align the overall organization.
  • Partner with Investor Relations to support handling analyst and investor calls/Q&A and preparing investor and management presentations as it relates to Commercial related activities.
  • Any other projects as required.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • At least twelve years of Finance-related experience with at least six years in FP&A required; Life Science/Biotech experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with biopharma revenue product forecasts including clear understanding of drivers of change, gross to net deductions, including government, distribution, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding the treatments of commercially related expenses including grants / contributions, patient assistance programs, and co-pay support.
  • Prior experience with ERP systems such as Oracle Fusion, Adaptive Financial Planning tools and other financial systems implementations preferred.
  • Positive work ethic, superb communication, and organizational skills with a high attention to detail, and unquestionable integrity and personal ethics. Excels in analyzing and adjusting work procedures for maximum efficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with the ability to think strategically.
  • Deep understanding of Biotech Marketing and Sales functions and drivers.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively partner, communicate and simplify the complex to support decision making and resource allocation.


Preferred Education: 

  • Bachelor's Degree preferably in Accounting or Finance. MBA and/or CPA preferred.

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
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