Deerfield Management Companies

Senior Director, Financial Operations

Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/13/2022 4:24 PM)
# of Openings


Senior Director, Financial Operations


AlivaMab Discovery Services (ADS) is seeking an outstanding individual with a broad range of financial, accounting, and operating skills to join our team as the Senior Director of Financial Operations and make impactful contributions toward discovering the next generation of antibody-based therapeutics. The Senior Director of Financial Operations provides oversight and implementation of department duties including month-end accounting close, financial reporting, business forecasting, budget preparation and monitoring, cost management, project costing, procurement, and risk management. This position is a tremendous opportunity for a Finance and Operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization. The Senior Director of Financial Operations will report directly to the CEO.


AlivaMab Discovery Services is a rapidly growing leader in the discovery of human antibody therapeutics, trusted by top-tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to deliver panels of drug-quality human antibodies. We deliver on our partners' design goals, from simple to extraordinarily challenging, through collaborative access to our scientists' creativity and experience combined with proven technologies, including the AlivaMab® Mouse suite of transgenic mice. We excel in the rapid and efficient delivery of molecularly diverse therapeutic antibody candidates, well-characterized for function, kinetics, and developability, with expanding capabilities for engineering for alternative formats, including multi-specifics and CARs. Our organization is dedicated to creating a healthier world through partnerships that bring better medicines to patients faster, and we recognize our success starts with hiring people who share our passion for science.


Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Drive overall company financial performance with a strong focus on working capital, project costing, and P&L metrics
  • Support management with potential future financing opportunities.
  • Partner with real estate brokers on company’s lease obligations and potential sub-lease opportunities. Provide subject matter expertise and direction on financial analysis, systems, and processes
  • Deliver frequent, clear, and standardized reporting to be used by the leadership team to ensure alignment and understanding of financial results and forecasts
  • Management of month-end accounting close and financial reporting process, ensuring results are recorded and reported in compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Develop analytics that helps identify areas of opportunity and risk
  • Oversee risk management, contract compliance, and audits for business functions
  • Management of real estate, insurance, and consulting agreements
  • Provide selection and implementation of an enterprise resource management system
  • Oversee payroll, procurement, T&E policies, asset management, and capitalization table
  • Oversee the preparation of all federal and state tax reporting obligations including the calculation and filing of R&D tax credits
  • Work closely with department heads in antibody discovery, antibody engineering, and project management to develop specific business metrics that support timely and actionable information
  • Review and analyze new business initiatives and investments to ensure strong financial returns and impacts on the business
  • Research financial topics and related legal issues (e.g. discrepancies, current legislative trends, etc.) for the purpose of evaluating compliance requirements and potential implications on organizational operations.
  • Mentor and manage team members, and drive employee development and performance
  • Identify opportunities and drive continuous improvement
  • Prepare presentation and backup materials for Board of Directors’ recurring meetings
  • Perform other duties and assignments as required


Key Skills and Requirements:

  • BA in accounting and/ or finance required, Masters preferred- and a minimum of 10 + years of experience
  • Experience in biotech, drug discovery, CRO environments a plus
  • CPA license preferred but not required
  • Experience with technical accounting topics ASC 606, 718 and 842
  • Experience establishing scalable financial processes, long-term planning, budgets and controls
  • Possess diverse experience and skills with financial management software systems
  • Understanding of how to best integrate accounting activities with enterprise resource management systems
  • Understanding of day-to-day management of AP and AR activities in coordination with finance, project management and research departments
  • Experience developing detailed corporate and project budgets in coordination with senior management and project teams
  • Ability to analyze financial data and forecasts and effectively communicate and prepare informative financial reports; strong analytical, modelling, numeracy, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience overseeing the payroll process and systems
  • Experience in motivating, mentoring and effectively managing team members
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality with sensitive information


About AlivaMab Discovery Services


AlivaMab Discovery Services (ADS) sets its partners’ antibody discovery programs on the fastest and most de-risked path through discovery and development. Trusted by top-tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, ADS delivers drug-quality, fully human antibodies on exceptional timelines. ADS achieves its partners’ design goals, from simple to extraordinarily challenging, through the generation and function-first screening of large, molecularly diverse panels of antibodies. ADS focuses on rapid and efficient delivery of antibodies, characterized for function, kinetics and developability, and engineering for alternative formats, including multi-specifics and CARs. The ADS team’s experience and passion for antibody drug discovery and development combined with the use of trusted, proven technologies, including Ablexis' AlivaMab® Mouse platforms, ensure the highest probability of success.


AlivaMab Discovery Services provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to religion, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, alienage or citizenship status, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.



Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed