Chief Financial Officer

Cranbury, NJ /
General & Administration (G&A) – Finance /
Full Time
/ Hybrid
Work at ROCKET PHARMA and help cure rare diseases!

Rocket Pharma is a fully integrated, clinical-stage company advancing gene therapies with curative potential for multiple rare childhood diseases. Rocket places enormous value on people and considers team member progress and well-being to be as important as the progress of its pipeline. We are looking for hands-on team players who enjoy collaborating with colleagues.  We share a passion for seeking gene therapy cures for devastating diseases and making a difference for patients. This is an opportunity to become an integral part of a small, highly productive team and to help grow an entrepreneurial, scientifically driven organization that is increasingly recognized as a leading biotechnology innovator. In addition to a competitive compensation package featuring a generous 401K match and stock options, the position includes excellent health benefits.

Rocket Pharma is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to play a critical role in driving the future of the company and will be a visible strategic leader, building a high-performance finance team that can execute the company’s vision for both organic and inorganic growth. The CFO will possess a record of demonstrated success in building and managing a high-performance finance function, with proven experience attracting, developing, and retaining ‘A+’ Players to meet the demands of a fast-growing business.

This executive will report to the CEO and serve as a reliable business partner to the CEO, the leadership team, and the Board.

Willing to have individuals work out of the Cranbury office or New York City office.

Responsibilities:

    • As a business partner to the CEO and senior leadership team, the CFO will assess organizational performance against the annual budget and the company’s long-term strategy.
    • Develops tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the CEO and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations.
    • Oversees long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the company’s strategic plans.
    • Advise the CEO on business development and strategic planning.
    • Assist in raising additional capital to enable the company to meet future manufacturing, sales, growth, and market share objectives.
    • Reviews and approves board packages, quarterly and annual shareholder reports.
    • Ensures maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures for the company.
    • Ensures timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting to the company’s CEO and leadership team.
    • Ensures GAAP, legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
    • Represents the company to business partners, analysts, investors, including financial institutions and auditors.
    • Managing all short and long-term strategic financial objectives of the company, supporting the executive team with vital financial information and operational analytics, and driving a culture of accountability in managing the business.
    • Assist the CEO in the successful growth of the organization, including capital raising strategies.
    • Reports directly to the CEO.
    • Interacts frequently with members of Rocket’s Executive and Functional Leadership teams.

Requirements:

    • A Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or business administration. MBA a plus
    • Certified public accountant designation (CPA) preferred
    • At least 15 years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles
    • Biotech, Life Science, or Drug Development industry experience required and must take on the role of a full partner and advisor to the CEO
    • Must have public company experience
    • Able to take a prominent voice in investor relations and public relations to the Board
    • Experience growing a small company to commercial and includes finance experience in building a global org with P&L
    • Experience working with hedge fund, mutual fund, crossover funds
    • Possess the skills to communicate the company’s story to investors
    • Ability to tell Rocket’s story, ranging from the sophisticated science to the future manufacturing and sales details, while still being able to sign off on the Ks and Qs
    • A track record of originating and closing equity deals, and a strong reputation with the investor’s community
    • Experience with product launch and possibly manufacturing experience
A diverse workforce fosters innovation and strengthens Rocket’s business. We ensure equal opportunity without discrimination or harassment in the workplace on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, citizenship, status as a protected veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, and federal laws.

Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment at Rocket Pharmaceuticals.