New ABFO Member open job posting - Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage, Nasdaq listed (ticker ARWR) company developing medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, our therapies trigger the RNA interference mechanism to induce rapid, deep and durable knockdown of target genes. RNA interference, or RNAi, is a mechanism present in living cells that inhibits the expression of a specified gene, thereby affecting the production of a specific protein. Our RNAi-based therapeutics are at the leading edge with the potential to bring life changing treatments for patients.

Our Targeted RNAi Molecule (TRiMTM) platform utilizes ligand-mediated delivery and is designed to enable tissue-specific targeting while being structurally simple. The TRiM platform builds on more than a decade of work on targeted RNA delivery and offers several advantages including simplified manufacturing and reduced costs; multiple routes of administration; and potential for improved safety.

Our employees are nimble, science-driven, innovative professionals. A career at Arrowhead offers the opportunity to collaborate with top notch scientists to rapidly discover and develop RNAi-based therapeutics in a variety of indications to add to our growing pipeline.

Location:  Pasadena, CA

The Position:

Arrowhead seeks a Director, Financial Planning & Analysis to manage short-term and long-term financial planning including annual budgeting and long-term forecasting and modeling, as well as other areas of finance and analysis.  The position will report to Arrowhead’s CFO and will work closely with other members of Arrowhead’s Finance and Accounting team, as well as other functional areas especially the clinical team and commercial operations.  There is currently no staff reporting to this position, therefore it is a hands-on management role.


  • Plan and coordinate the annual budget process, long-term forecast, periodic re-forecasts and on-going projections.
  • Provide regular reporting and variance analyses to R&D function and cost center managers to enable decision making and alignment to company objectives.
  • Work closely with clinical finance and clinical operations in order to develop budgeting and long-term forecasting related to clinical trials and related expenditures;
  • Prepare, review and analyze financial reports, presenting operating results and budget variations for Executive Management.
  • Forecast and manage cash flow, and assist in managing cash investments to maintain appropriate liquidity for the company.
  • Capital expenditures budgeting & analysis.
  • Provide financial analysis and presentations for Audit Committee, Board of Directors,  press releases, and investor packages.
  • This is a hands on management position
  • Identify and implement process development and improvements relating to budgeting, forecasting, period close process, ERP implementation, and financial reporting  
  • Participate in other ad hoc projects, roles, and workload sharing between Finance and Accounting as appropriate.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting, CPA/MBA preferred;
  • 10+ years’ experience in accounting, financial reporting/analysis or related field preferably in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with building financial models for clinical trials a strong plus.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, with experience building models.
  • Experience utilizing enterprise-grade, commercial ERP systems and reporting software; Microsoft Dynamics 365 experience a plus.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and interpret information for completeness and accuracy; excellent attention to detail; excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with FP&A Planning systems preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP).
  • Strong communication skills, ability to effectively interact with others at all levels– within and outside of finance. Ability to tailor communication to the audience to achieve desire results.
  • Self-starter with the demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced atmosphere with minimal supervision.

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Arrowhead provides competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package.
All applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S. for a company.

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