Director Financial Planning & Analysis
Vivus, Inc - Mountain View, CA

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The Director of Financial Planning and Analysis will lead the budgeting, forecasting and analysis activities of the Company and will be an integral member of the finance team, working closely with the CFO and members of the Company’s executive leadership and finance team. The candidate will manage the increasingly complex planning functions of a rapidly growing Company while also improving upon existing processes. To be successful in the role, the candidate will have advanced proficiency in financial modeling, financial scenario development and a deep understanding of complex financial concepts and the related impact on the financial statements relating to a commercial pharmaceutical company.

  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of financial models used in annual budgeting, periodic forecasting and long range planning
  • Works with the other team members to prepare accurate forecasts, budgets and long-range plans. Identify risks and opportunities to the forecast and budget and devise risk mitigation plans
  • Responsible for ensuring the timely and complete commercial accounting close
  • Develop financial planning and budgeting systems that effectively generate project and activity based reporting to meet internal requirements
  • Prepare monthly department and project financial reports and provide analysis relative to plan. Meet with project team leaders and department heads to ensure understanding of financial performance
  • Participate in the monthly forecasting process with project team leaders and department heads in order to effectively manage the business and determine cash requirements. Attend project team meetings to identify financial issues
  • Prepare variance analyses of actual financial results to previous forecasts, budgets and prior periods, including preparation of presentations to senior management and board of directors
  • Collaborate with accounting to ensure GAAP compliance and adherence to Company policies and procedures
  • Develop ad-hoc financial analysis to support current and emerging initiatives
Required Skills

  • Significant experience in and working knowledge of US GAAP
  • Demonstrated history of resourcefulness and problem solving, and the ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
  • Detail-oriented, good analytical and prioritization skills
  • Ability to function efficiently and independently in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex transactions and contractual relationships
  • Demonstrated ability of performing in-depth analyses of industry market trends, company financial performance and implementing forecasting techniques
  • Contributes to a respectful work environment and maintains composure
  • Excellent presentation and collaboration skills
  • VIVUS is a rapidly growing company and all team members are expected to wear different hats and take on additional responsibilities as needed

Required Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance; MBA preferred
  • Prior work experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry is a must; experience with commercial stage companies strongly preferred
  • Advanced level knowledge and application in Microsoft Excel and other financial planning tools
  • At least eight to ten years of corporate financial analysis experience including M&A, divestiture, corporate due diligence and valuation analysis

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VIVUS, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic products. The Company’s...