Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 19, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Job Description:

Position Summary

As Ipsen continues to grow and our business becomes more complex in all areas, the Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis will lead the effort to develop/rebuild and further expand the Financial Planning and Analysis presence throughout the organization. The individual in this role will be responsible for providing strategic financial direction to the company's executive leadership team, maintain and improve business models, and will work closely with business/functional leaders to ensure that optimal financial performance is achieved. This individual will manage the company-wide annual budgeting and strategic planning process, as well as lead other value-add initiatives. Specific responsibilities include business planning, long-term forecasting, strategic analysis, special projects, and partnering across the organization. This person will manage a four-person team of financial professionals. This is an excellent opportunity to leverage prior experience and knowledge to make an impact on a growing organization. This position will play an integral role in supporting all analytics needs to all franchises to meet our increasing business demand.

This individual will report to the CFO and will be responsible for leading key financial/business performance reporting processes, including financial assessments, monthly business reviews, monthly forecasts, annual operating plan development, and other adhoc analysis. This financial leader will also have demonstrated leadership skills and excellent business partnering skills.

Essential Functions


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Strategic lead for all Commercial FP&A initiatives throughout North America covering multiple legal business entities
  • Key lead representing the North America business to Ipsen's Global Finance network
  • Member of the NA Finance Leadership team, ability to influence across the peer group and globally
  • Develop and maintain processes to forecast financial results, including annual and quarterly financial statements, from both Legal Entity and Management Entity perspective
  • Frame analysis to readily explain budget to actual comparisons relative to the financial forecasts
  • Establish business processes with certain operating areas to enhance information flow and ultimately decision making and budget management
  • Business Development support and analysis including NPV and ROI
  • Work within the SAP Enterprise Information System to assist in the set-up and on-going management of operating budgets and expense classification
  • Prepare, analyze, and manage key performance indicators and other business operating metrics for corporate as well as individual initiative performance
  • Partner with accounting staff to ensure accuracy and integrity of company financial statement
  • Ad hoc reporting and analysis for CFO/CEO
  • Manage current team of 5 direct reports and maintain all related Ipsen Manager responsibilities
  • Support Executive Leadership Team in performing budgeting, forecasting, and ad hoc financial/operational analysis related to base cost management, working capital management, headcount control, and operational performance
  • Lead the budget process including: developing, communicating and driving the budget timeline, creating budget templates, creating/maintaining budget roll-up files, preparing budget deliverables for Execution Leadership Team
  • Perform monthly review of results and provide analysis of results vs. budget and forecasted expectations for Execution Leadership Team
  • Support CFO in the preparation of presentations to the Board of Directors, and members of the Executive Leadership Team


  • BS in Finance, Accounting or relevant degree, a MBA is strongly preferred
  • MBA and/or CPA preferred.

  • 15 + years of relevant, demonstrated & practical experience developing robust financial statement as well as business-case modeling skills
  • 10+ years of progressive relevant experience; minimum 7 years in management role
  • Proven track record in leading/managing a financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting/business modeling function/process.
  • Must have thorough understanding of financial statements and the interface between external reporting, management reporting and budgeting/forecasting. Prior Big 4/financial accounting experience desired, not required.
  • Prior leadership experience in a corporate FP&A function
  • Solid understanding of generally accepted accounting skills (GAAP)
  • Expertise in business analytics and tools including advanced Excel skills, planning systems (SAP, TM1, RDL)
  • Expertise is Microsoft Office Suite

Core Competencies (Specific knowledge, skills and abilities that enable an individual to effectively perform the job)

  • Highly self-motivated, dedicated, committed leader with experience supervising/managing an FP&A team / business analytic function.
  • A hands-on, take-charge financial professional with strong analytical skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation. Strong business and common sense.
  • Strong organizational, leadership, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal/written communication & presentation skills
  • Team building and interpersonal skills, with leadership presence to effectively collaborate across functional teams
  • Management of multiple priorities
  • Comfort preparing and presenting information to an executive team,
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop team members
  • Action oriented and takes ownership of tasks and responsibilities and follows through to successful completion
  • Collaborator with colleagues in-side and out-side of the accounting and finance group
  • Customer focused
  • Balance and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • Flexibility to work overtime, during the week and/ or weekends
  • Ability to travel up to 15-25%

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principles functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance workload.

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. conducts background screening, reference checks, and drug testing as part of its pre-employment screening process. This description is not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements for the position. This position may change or assume additional duties at any time. The employee may be requested to perform different or additional duties as assigned.

All Employees are expected to adhere to all company policies and act as a role model for company values.

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.