VP, Commercial Finance and FP&A

Cambridge, MA
G&A – Finance /
Full-Time /
Scholar Rock is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and delivers life-changing therapies for people with serious diseases that have high unmet need. As a global leader in the biology of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) superfamily of cell proteins and named for the visual resemblance of a scholar rock to protein structures, the clinical-stage company is focused on advancing innovative treatments where protein growth factors are fundamental. Over the past decade, the company has created a pipeline with the potential to advance the standard of care for neuromuscular disease, cardiometabolic disorders, cancer, and other conditions where growth factor-targeted drugs can play a transformational role.
Scholar Rock is the only company to show clinical proof of concept for a muscle-targeted treatment in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This commitment to unlocking fundamentally different therapeutic approaches is powered by broad application of a proprietary platform, which has developed novel monoclonal antibodies to modulate protein growth factors with extraordinary selectivity. By harnessing cutting-edge science in disease spaces that are historically under-addressed through traditional therapies, Scholar Rock works every day to create new possibilities for patients. Learn more about the company’s approach at ScholarRock.com and follow @ScholarRock and on LinkedIn.

Summary of Position:

Reporting to the SVP, Finance, the VP, Commercial Finance and FP&A will share responsibility for the commercial finance and FP&A functions at Scholar Rock. This position presents an opportunity to join the leadership of a growing and expanding finance team. It will have strong strategic aspects as well as be involved in the daily operations of both the FP&A and commercial finance functions. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in managing the commercial finance processes. To lead the FP&A function, the candidate will be required to assist key internal functional stakeholders in planning and executing against financial objectives, but also be a strategic partner in framing, evaluating, and driving decision making to maximize value creation. This position will require strong organization, clear communication, attention to detail and a great sense of teamwork. This position represents a great opportunity to help build a critical function at a growing and evolving, multi-product candidate biotechnology company.

Position Responsibilities:

    • Help to build commercial finance function from the ground up
    • Lead all FP&A activities including long-range planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis for strategic initiatives.
    • Set up policies related to government pricing;
    • Develop processes for oversight of external vendor for government contracts;
    • Develop a comprehensive understanding of key business drivers to provide operational insights and strategic financial support to ‘customers’ across the company; clinical development, research, technical operations and supply chain and G&A
    • Perform analysis of Sales, Medicaid, Managed Care, chargebacks, returns, copay and other GTN components
    • Drive the development of GTN models, forecasting accuracy, and scenario analysis to support pricing decisions and revenue projections;
    • Develop and drive timely analysis of monthly budget-to-actuals including variance analyses, generation and reporting of synthesized results
    • Create financial tools and business models that will scale with the Company and support key business decisions
    • Position will also require partnership with various members of cross functional teams, including the executive leadership team and other business function leaders

Candidate Requirements:

    • Hands-on knowledge of commercial finance concepts
    • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
    • Mastery of utilizing Excel in order to analyze complex strategic options and distill information for business leaders in order to support key decisions
    • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at one time
    • Thrives in a dynamic environment
    • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams
    • At least 10-15 years of applicable experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology environment with prior experience in commercial finance and/or in supporting R&D teams
Scholar Rock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees