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Finance Manager (R&D)

Finance | San Carlos, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Company Overview

ChemoCentryx is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders and cancer, primarily focused on orphan and rare diseases. ChemoCentryx balances a passion for science with the deep-seated belief that patients suffering from serious diseases deserve more than incremental improvements to the length and quality of their lives.

 As a clinical-stage company with a broad portfolio in multiple therapeutic areas, ChemoCentryx pushes beyond “good enough” and strives for a totally new way of healing.

 Position Overview

The Finance Manager will support the R&D functional areas (mainly CMC, DMPK, Research) in accounting close activities, reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and strategic long range planning.  This role will report to the Director, FP&A.

 Qualified candidates must have the ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and remain open to new projects and/or responsibilities as the business evolves.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure timely delivery and accuracy of monthly accounting close activities (preparation of journal entries, review of POs, account reconciliation, explanation of monthly variances).
  • Assist department heads with review of contracts, financial and payment terms, and preparation of contract request forms.
  • Responsible for proper project account coding of POs and invoices for R&D tracking of spend; maintain and prepare vendor invoice trackers.
  • Prepare and manage forecasting/ annual budgeting requirements for functions; maintain and prepare financial models.
  • Provide financial and analytical support to functional teams, including reporting of actual vs budget.
  • Performs other tasks and assignments as needed and specified by management. This may include special projects/ad hoc financial analyses.
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of business area, and staying abreast with changing business requirements and assumptions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting and a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant financial planning and analysis experience, preferably within pharmaceutical / biotechnology.  MBA a plus.
  • Excellent planning, problem solving, and time management skills in deadline driven environment.
  • Analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Moderate to high level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel and modeling.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong attention to details and accuracy.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience with D365 preferred.