Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

Cambridge, MA, United States
Aug 12, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Manager, FP&A is accountable for providing financial support to multiple key areas of Ipsen's North America Specialty Care (Commercial) business. Specifically, this role will support the internal financial budgeting / controllership for Ipsen's Business Operations, Medical Affairs, and Regulatory Affairs functions. This position will partner and provide support to members of the North America Leadership Team and their functional teams enabling effective financial analysis, reporting, and forecasting of operating results to enable sound business decisions in accordance with IFRS and budget. This position will work with our Shared Service Functions on key financial forecasting and reporting processes. In addition, the successful candidate will need to collaborate with several different functional groups, and business partners for ad hoc analysis as well as implementing systems and procedures in accordance with corporate objectives.

The position will report to the Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis for North America Commercial Operations and will be based in Cambridge.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following related to support of multiple functions within the US Specialty Care business:

• Support multiple Business Partners as their primary Finance controller, including Business Operations/IT; Medical Affairs; Regulatory Affairs

• Oversee annual budgeting process and long-range strategic planning for aligned Business Partners

• Prepare and update current year financial forecasts and analyses as required by management

• Develop and maintain partnership with multiple functional groups and serve as a member of functional leadership teams as appropriate to provide strong financial and analytical support

• Play a key role in the financial planning & reporting process by serving as the lead for monthly close file preparation ensuring monthly financial results accurately portray current operations and activities (analyze and prepare accruals, close meetings, financial reviews, etc.)

• Review and prepare month-end journal entries in the areas of PO accruals

• Prepare monthly financial reports and metrics and communicate them to the business partners

• Identify, interpret and explain budget and expense variances: analyze cost variances, actual vs. plan/forecast and actual vs. prior period, for review with Business Partners and for submission to Corporate Offices

• Support Business Partners on day-to-day financial transactions and performance by reviewing and approving Purchase Orders and Contracts in line with approved budgets or forecasts

• Communicate and coordinate with other departments (senior management and directors) on various financial issues: monthly variances to budget and contract administration

• Serve as the backup person responsible for submitting Budgets / Forecasts to Corporate via our planning system (TM1)

As needed:

• Provide financial support to internal and/or external auditors as needed

• Ad Hoc project work as required both locally within US Specialty Care or globally

• Support site-wide or Corporate Finance initiatives as needed that may cover systems support, systems enhancements/new system implementation, productivity efforts and transformation initiatives as needed

This position may infrequently require working after hours and weekends to meet specific deadlines for reporting and special projects, and travel to various Ipsen sites domestically and internationally

Knowledge, abilities & experience

Education / Certifications:

BS in Finance, Accounting or relevant degree,
MBA is strongly preferred
CPA preferred.


7+ years of relevant, demonstrated, and practical experience developing robust financial forecasts and strategic plans
Proven track record in financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting, including business impact modeling
Must have thorough understanding of accounting principles and financial statements and the interface between external reporting, management reporting
Understanding of biotech and key commercial & medical aspects of the industry preferred
Prior Big 4/financial accounting experience desired, not required
Solid understanding of IFRS
Expertise in business analytics and tools including advanced Excel skills, planning systems (SAP, TM1, RDL)

Key Technical Competencies Required

Ability to demonstrate a detailed and extensive technical expertise as well as an application of accounting industry principles, concepts, theories, and practices.
Ability to resolve complex technical problems across a wide array of business functions
Possess an operational excellence 'mind-set' to improve processes
Strong business partnering skills, including ability to support a diverse set of functions
Ability to navigate multiple reporting lines with differing deliverables and timelines
Ability to handle confidential information in an appropriate manner.
Self-starter with passion, energy, enthusiasm to drive results and affect meaningful change and process efficiencies
Views challenges as opportunities; tenacious and focused
Adept at managing / influencing without authority - able to lead and follow as required and function independently
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to analyze information and make sound decisions.
Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment, and be willing to work extended hours and travel as required
PC literacy required; MSOffice skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)

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.