Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

San Diego, CA, US
Aug 09, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science, starting with our proprietary gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, a Novartis company, is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product is a proprietary gene therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with SMA. In addition to developing a treatment for SMA, AveXis also plans to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

AveXis is seeking a Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis to support multiple functional areas, in particular, Technical Operations (Manufacturing), Research (Process Science), Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Facilities and other support functions, from a financial planning and analysis perspective. The Manager will drive financial planning and forecasting for the assigned functional areas, serve as a key financial interface between Finance and business leaders, work often cross-functionally to drive major business initiatives and play a key role in setting the long-term financial directions of the company.


  • Own the month-end close process providing explanations for actual versus forecast results and reliable reports with which to measure the performance of each operation against established plans and forecasts.
  • Ensure all key topics are raised proactively and aligned with stakeholders to minimize surprises.
  • Provide regular updates on how the team is tracking against expense and resource requirements versus approved budget and Latest Forecast/Best Estimate (LBE) plans.
  • Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variances.
  • Lead expense planning, annual budgeting and real-time LBE forecasting process for numerous departments.
  • Provide business support and overall financial planning and analysis to all departments. Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variances.
  • Lead management financial reporting package.
  • Analyze complex financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision making purposes.


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting is required; CPA, CFA, or MBA a plus.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience of increasing responsibility across financial disciplines
  • Experience in cost accounting with responsibility for setting standard costs and analyzing manufacturing variances a plus.
  • Pharmaceutical or biotech experience preferred.
  • Advanced abilities in Excel and database management.
  • Proven knowledge of US GAAP, accounting principles, practices, standards and regulations.
  • Experience with ERP systems required; experience with ERP system implementation a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior leaders and collaborate with staff at all organizational levels across various business units is required.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced ever-changing environment.
  • Must have discretion with handling confidential or sensitive information.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.