New ABFO Open Job Posting, Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, Kura Oncology

Reporting to CFO

Position Summary

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to realizing the promise of precision medicines for the treatment of cancer.
We are seeking an exceptional Director, FP&A who will be responsible for the direction and oversight of all planning and budgeting processes including:  annual, quarterly, and project budgeting processes. This role reports to the CFO and will oversee the creation and maintenance of reports in Adaptive Insights software and Excel for actual versus budget/forecast analysis and the development of complex financial models.


These may include but are not limited to:

  • Ownership of the FP&A function, including financial planning and tracking of operating expenses, headcount reporting, quarterly forecasting, annual budgeting and variance analyses
  • Responsible for supporting and serving as the strategic and operational FP&A business partner for our R&D teams
  • Develop, plan, and coordinate budgets/forecasts and provide regular actual to budget/forecast reporting and variance analyses to senior management, R&D functions and cost center managers to enable decision making and alignment to company objectives
  • Partner with business partners owners to prepare comprehensive budgets that align with their departmental strategic plan
  • Produce robust, proactive financial analyses for business partners and applicable workstreams
  • Build analytical frameworks and forward-looking models to enable quality decision-making
  • Prepare and submit, on a timely and accurate basis, a variety of scheduled financial reports
  • Manage the development of multi-year project financial statements and analysis for different scenarios
  • Financial analysis includes income statement, cash flow statement and NPV calculations
  • Provide business support to the clinical and manufacturing teams to help create transparency around key parameters in critical business areas including from enrollment rates, clinical accruals, cost per patient, etc.
  • Review, approve and track purchase requests against budgets
  • Work closely with R&D to forecast and track activities for internal functions and external vendors as part of period close process
  • Identify and implement process development and improvement relating to budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting
  • Assist in accounting processes related to Clinical, Translational Sciences, Research, and other R&D teams from both forecasting and close perspectives
  • Participate in other ad hoc projects, roles, and workload sharing between Finance and Accounting as appropriate
  • Identify opportunities for improved financial performance.  Continually seeks ways to improve operating efficiency within the department and overall business
  • Develop and implement features available in Adaptive
  • Create and maintain reports and queries for ad hoc management requests
  • Support special projects by driving the right set of analyses and presenting conclusions
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance with a minimum of 10 years of accounting and financial analysis/planning experience (an equivalent of education and experience may be considered). MBA or CPA preferred
  • Minimum of five years’ experience at a biotech company in this role
  • Knowledge of US GAAP
  • Advanced proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Great Plains and Adaptive Insights 
  • Effective communication across all levels of the organization
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demands an in-depth knowledge of company operations
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Effective organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to set-up, automate and track data and information
  • Requires minimal supervision and ability to act independently

Association of Bioscience Financial Officers


To apply, please submit your resume/CV referencing the position to
Applicants whose qualifications and experiences most closely match the requirements will be reviewed. Candidates will only be contacted for evaluative discussions.

Kura Oncology is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefits package.

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