Manager, Financial Analysis

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Apr 11, 2021
Administration, Finance
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Sana Biotechnology, Inc. is seeking a talented and dynamic Senior Financial Analyst/Manager who will play a critical role in linking business activities with financial reporting. This individual will support finance partnership with leaders in Research & Development and G&A functions, creating financial plans and ensuring discipline and transparency in spending through insightful analysis and reporting. Reporting to the Director of FP&A, this role will support the long-range and annual planning process for the org and support all forecast, close, and management reporting activities. Critical to this role will be the ability to successfully drive strategic initiatives to improve the accuracy and efficiency of our financial reporting and optimize the planning and reporting processes. Successful candidates must be self-starters, strategic thinkers, action-driven, and flexible in changing direction and methods. Additionally, qualified candidates will thrive in a fast-paced environment, excel at managing multiple priorities, succeed in communicating with all levels within the organization and provide an immediate contribution.

  • Support the annual budgeting, forecasting, and long-range planning processes for assigned business functions, partnering with business stakeholders and the Director of FP&A to meet process deadlines and established targets
  • Prepare monthly variance analysis of actuals to forecast and budget, explain and investigate any significant discrepancies, and understand key business drivers
  • Support monthly/quarterly close process as it pertains to operating expense management, cash burn analysis, general ledger reviews, headcount reviews, accruals, and other related processes
  • Develop the processes, tools, and infrastructure to enable project-level budgeting, resource planning, and portfolio planning
  • Help drive the process for rationalizing department investments (Headcount, OPEX spend, and CapEx) within the framework of both the annual and long-term operating plans. Update/maintain as necessary to support ongoing financial forecast deliverables
  • Analyze relevant inputs, including open purchase orders, invoices, vendor agreements, business feedback, and forecasts to determine appropriate recognition of functional expenses in accordance with US GAAP and company policy
  • Partner with department budget owners to provide value-added financial analysis and support of business reviews and decisions from the financial perspective, including but not limited to operational efficiency, cost saving opportunities, capital expenditure decisions, vendor selection and negotiation, etc
  • Analyze, synthesize and translate data into key strategic inputs and insights that will drive strategic decision making at the executive level
  • Work closely with R&D, G&A, and Program leads to gain insights into cost drivers
  • Develop reporting packages and dashboards for financial and business review meetings that succinctly summarize key insights on performance as well as provide recommendations on actionable insights to enable business partners to act
  • Create and maintain robust financial tracking and reporting that empowers business leaders to actively manage functional spend
  • Drive continuous improvement within the finance organization to streamline processes and improve communication and flow of information to the business
  • Support Business Partners in preparation for Quarterly Business Reviews and general financial reviews
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and projects as needed


Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance required; CPA or MBA desired
  • 5+ years of relevant FP&A experience depending on level, preferably in a high growth environment
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills with the ability to analyze large amounts of data and maintain complex financial models; demonstrated proficiency with advanced functions
  • A deep understanding of US GAAP, financial processes, and advanced analytical capabilities that enable them to support their business partners and Finance leadership
  • Collaborative and consultative approach to build process discipline and organization knowledge of accounting and financial controls in a publicly held company
  • Knowledge of IT applications and controls, and experience with cloud ERP and EPM applications, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Planful/Host Analytics preferred

Preferred Qualifications
  • Proactive leader exhibiting influencing capabilities with business partners and a willingness to maintain open and transparent communication across the organization
  • Is flexible and adaptable - Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment where results are achieved through influence, cooperation, and the incorporation of multiple points of view
  • Proven capability to appropriately challenge status quo, drive and support innovation- including new ideas to streamline and enhance processes rather than solely implement current tactics
  • A mentor and leader of people, projects, and teams: all team members deserve an engaged, thoughtful culture and people leader
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrate Sana's core values and the attributes that support these core values (Lead from every seat, Thrive as a team, Make it happen)