New ABFO Member Company Open Job Posting, Sr. Manager FP&A, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals


Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:  ARWR) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that develops medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, Arrowhead 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 specific gene, thereby affecting the production of a specific protein. Arrowhead’s RNAi-based therapeutics leverage this natural pathway of gene silencing.

Arrowhead is focused on developing innovative drugs for diseases with a genetic basis, typically characterized by the overproduction of one or more proteins that are involved with disease. The depth and versatility of our RNAi technologies enables us to potentially address conditions in virtually any therapeutic area and pursue disease targets that are not otherwise addressable by small molecules and biologics. Arrowhead is leading the field in bringing the promise of RNAi to address diseases outside of the liver, and our clinical pipeline includes disease targets in the liver, lung, and solid tumors with a promising pipeline of preclinical candidates.

Arrowhead’s corporate headquarters, finance, accounting, legal, commercial, clinical and regulatory teams are in Pasadena, CA with research and development teams in Madison, WI and San Diego, CA.  Our employees are nimble, science-driven innovators who are collaborating to bring new therapies to patients in need. 

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Position

Arrowhead seeks a highly energetic & self-motivated Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis to manage short-term and long-term financial planning including annual budgeting, as well as other areas of finance and analysis.  The position will report to Arrowhead’s Director of Financial Planning & Analysis and will work closely with other members of Arrowhead’s Finance and Accounting, Clinical and Operations teams.  This position will manage (2) direct reports whom are dedicated Clinical Finance Managers.


  • Annual budget process, long-term forecast, periodic re-forecasts and on-going projections for the R&D organization; includes operating expenses, capital investments & headcount planning
  • Provide regular reporting and variance analyses to the R&D function and cost center managers to enable decision making and alignment to company objectives
  • Manage clinical trial budgets ensuring billing is commensurate to the contractual agreements, costs are benchmarked & proactively identify areas for improvement
  • Manage quarter end close activities including journals, reclasses & accruals
  • Continuously identify and communicate all risks and opportunities against the budget and/or forecast(s)
  • Develop financial planning standards & operational metrics for the R&D organization
  • Serve as the business partner to R&D leadership providing sound financial guidance & decision making
  • Coach, mentor & train direct reports ensuring a highly efficient & engaged team
  • 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, or bachelor’s degree in a Scientific discipline with an MBA.   
  • 8+ years’ experience in financial reporting/analysis or related field experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry
  • Proven experience managing direct reports & leading teams
  • Experience working with CROs (Clinical Research Organizations) & robust understanding of clinical budgets
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, with experience building models
  • Ability to gather, analyze and interpret information for completeness and accuracy; excellent attention to detail; excellent organizational skills
  • 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 desired results
  • Self-starter with the demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced atmosphere with minimal supervision


  • Experience with FP&A Planning systems
  • Experience with building financial models for clinical trials
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics 365

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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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