Analyst, Financial Planning and Analysis

Cambridge, MA
Jan 26, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sage Therapeutics ( is seeking a highly-motivated, creative, resourceful, individual to join our growing Finance team.   This highly visible role will support many aspects of Financial Planning & Analysis for the company with immediate emphasis on building support for our research and development organization.   This individual will partner with key stakeholders outside of finance including scientists, project managers and clinicians. In addition, the candidate will be a contributor across the finance and the broader organization in leading and supporting initiatives to build a multi-product CNS company.

Roles and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • R&D Business Partner, provide budget owners visibility to spending trends, financial commitments and progress against goals; actively help the budget managers spend to plan

  • Assist in reviewing business functions' financial results following each month and quarter end financial close; provide explanation and support of variances of actual to budget/forecast

  • Help prepare monthly financial and operational reporting package with commentary

  • Identify opportunities to improve current processes in order to eliminate inefficiencies and focus on delivering information that informs the business

  • Partner with others in Finance & Accounting to ensure effective utilization of systems, application of excel models/tools, reporting and information sharing, and overall compliance with internal controls

  • Support broader organization through ad hoc projects and analysis including deep dive into clinical study costs

  • Ensure alignment with functional business partners to identify risks and opportunities to support latest estimates and material changes to the business

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

The ideal candidate must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient.  Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, good conflict management and negotiation skills, ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans and recommendations.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 2+ years of finance experience demonstrating high attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Displayed strong collaborative skills and effective in working with cross-functional team members

  • Demonstrated ability to progress projects forward with communication to key members

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strong Excel skills and hands-on experience with analysis and modeling

  • Exposure to budgeting and forecasting preferred, Hyperion/Oracle experience a plus

  • Experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is a plus

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun.

  • Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage

This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time at the sole discretion of Sage.

Employment Type:Employee

Number of Openings:1

Job ID:R000874

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All Sage new hires will be required to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if not, that they are legally entitled to an accommodation due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief.  Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and Sage will consider, among other things, whether the proposed accommodation would create an undue hardship.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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