New ABFO Open Job Posting - Head of Financial Planning & Analysis - PACT Pharma

PACT Pharma is an exciting, well-funded biotechnology company, advancing to clinical studies in 2019 with facilities and laboratories in South San Francisco, CA.  PACT is developing personalized adoptive T-cell therapies for the eradication of solid tumors.  We are in the San Francisco bay area, in the heart of the world’s premier biotechnology research hub.

PACT is developing tumor-mutation targeted T Cells tailored for each patient. Tumor mutation (neoE) targeting is programmed into the patient’s own T cells to seek out & kill the tumors. Using (non-viral) precision genome engineering, the neoE-targeted Tcell receptors (TCRs) replace the endogenous TCR of fresh CD8 and CD4 T cells collected from that same patient followed by minimal expansion in closed systems for re-infusion into the patient. These patient-specific neoTCR-P1 cells are formulated to immediately kill all neoantigen-expressing tumors, together with a deep reservoir of ‘ready-to-go’ neoTCR-P1 cells for long term persistence and capable of rapid expansion to prevent future cancer recurrence.

PACT is seeking a Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) who will play a key role in the Finance organization. Reporting to the VP Finance, the Associate Director of FP&A will have ownership of financial planning and analysis and be responsible for the creation and maintenance of financial models, forecasts, reports and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Working directly with the senior team, this position will play a lead role in strategic planning, assessing operational and investment decisions, and developing success criteria.

The Associate Director, FP&A is accountable for providing sound financial analysis to support development of the company’s overall business strategy, developing insightful information from the company’s internal accounting and financial reports, delivering executive level presentations, and synthesizing and articulating key findings for executive and operations management audiences. The Associate Director of FP&A will advise and support the company’s executive team including preparing board and financial presentations, industry/peer group comparisons, new business initiatives and opportunities assessment, and is a key resource for the company’s corporate development initiatives.

The candidate will demonstrate the ability to understand and apply various principles and possess a deep knowledge of the Corporate, Clinical, Manufacturing and R&D businesses and processes to solve a wide range of challenges, raise business issues, and identify and implement process improvement opportunities. A strong candidate will have a demonstrated ability to communicate to peers, clients and top management in a clear and concise manner.


  • Ownership of the FP&A function, including financial planning and tracking of operating expenses, headcount reporting, monthly close support, quarterly forecasting, annual budgeting and variance analyses.
  • Advisor to the senior team on the financial performance of the business and produce board and management reporting packages
  • Lead the organization in the annual operating plan process and conduct financial forecasts and budget analyses
  • Lead periodic business reviews to analyze results and key information and conduct sensitivity and risk analysis and development of recommendations
  • Provide business support to the clinical and manufacturing teams to help create transparency around key parameters in these critical business areas – from enrollment rates, clinical accruals, cost per patient, and others in the clinical area, to cost of goods, capital investments, throughput metrics and build vs. buy decisions in the manufacturing area.
  • On an as needed basis, participate on high-priority valuation or corporate development projects, including analyses supporting clinical program investment decisions. Projects may also include analyses for M&A and licensing decisions.


  • Bachelor's Degree preferably in Accounting or Finance. MBA and/or CPA preferred.
  • 10+ of progressive experience and demonstrated growth including a minimum of 5 years in Finance/FP&A required; Life Science/Biotech experience required.
  • Prior experience with ERP systems, Financial Planning tools and other financial systems implementations preferred.
  • Positive work ethic, superb communication and organizational skills with a high attention to detail, and unquestionable integrity and personal ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with the ability to think strategically.

PACT Pharma is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strives to build a diverse and inclusive team. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



Interested in this opportunity?

Please send your resumé to Jeroen Grasman, Vice President, Finance, at
or apply online here

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