Senior Commercial Analyst

10 Feb 2017
10 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Our client is a leading, AIM listed BioTech business driving innovative solutions of genetic combating of disease through Patented technology solutions. This is a high profile organisation which has raised significant funding and has a Market Cap in excess of £80m. Reporting directly to the CFO and indirectly to the highly entrepreneurial CEO, the Group FP&A Manager will be tasked with developing an outstanding planning and analytical department. The role will demand a large amount of non-finance liaison, working closely with the R&D team and Cost Centre Managers to enhance business understanding and analytics. Due to the extremely commercial nature of the organisations, the Group FP&A Manager will also be involved in ongoing M+A activity.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual with FP+A experience who is seeking a step in to a highly commercial organisation.

State the overall purpose & function of the role:

To undertake budgets & forecasts, provide financial planning, analysis, and accounting support for the organization, as well as ad hoc competitor analysis and M&A support. In parallel, to provide project management support for the R&D organisation, developing a comprehensive reporting matrix to identify risks/opportunities to timelines.

List the major responsibilities of the role:

  • Provide direct financial support to cost centre managers
  • Lead the budgeting, forecasting, and Long Range Planning
  • Assist in analysis of monthly expenses vs. budget and forecast
  • Assist in production and distribution of monthly variance reports
  • Work closely with business users and Accounting group on all aspects of accruals and GL accounting
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and financial liaison tasks as needed
  • Support the CEO/CFO with ad hoc competitor analyses
  • Provide project management support for the R&D organisation, developing a comprehensive reporting matrix to identify risks/opportunities to timelines
  • Provide financial support to cross-functional Program Teams
  • Selection & implementation of planning/forecasting system for financial analysis;


  • Degree educated, preferably with a scientific background
  • 6+ years’ experience in Finance and Accounting having qualified at a Big 4 Firm and previously held FP&A responsibilities
  • Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology experience preferred but not essential
  • Experience with ERP systems required
  • Strong Excel skills required
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, commitment to accuracy & adherence to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective financial support to business/operational managers.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills