Director/Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

220 - Finance · Berkeley, California
Department 220 - Finance
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a leading clinical-stage CRISPR genome editing biotechnology company located in Berkeley, CA. Caribou's tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development and the company is advancing an internal pipeline of genome-edited cell therapies for various oncology indications. Caribou was founded in 2011 by CRISPR pioneers including Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Martin Jinek, PhD, and Rachel Haurwitz, PhD, our President and CEO. The eight-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome editing technology platform and has a leading intellectual property position.


At Caribou, every employee is valued for their unique perspective, background, and diversity. Every person on the Caribou team contributes to problem solving and innovation. The Company’s vision is to advance agile genome editing innovations for the benefit of our communities.


Caribou Biosciences is seeking a Director/Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis to lead financial planning processes and systems, ultimately enabling strategic business decision-making and efficient allocation of capital.  This newly created position will be key to supporting Caribou’s continued growth as the lead program enters the clinic and external collaborations are executed.  The incumbent has the opportunity to establish FP&A capabilities, implement core finance processes and systems, and directly support the CFO in future capital raising processes.

The ideal candidate possesses proven research, clinical and business development financial planning experience within the biotech/pharma industry.  To be successful, the incumbent will be a strong collaborator, communicator, strategic thinker, and able to effectively utilize financial data and analytics to drive business decision making.  The successful candidate has the ability and desire to work in a scientific, dynamic start-up environment.  This role will initially be remote, with the expectation that the FP&A function will return on-site sometime in 2021.


Planning and Process Responsibilities

  • As Caribou’s first FP&A employee, establish FP&A capabilities that are suitable for today, and poised for expected future growth and expansion
  • Own, drive, lead and execute the annual budget process, along with routine forecast processes as required
  • Own and manage the long-range plan
  • Implement budget, forecast and reporting processes to enable appropriate cash and P&L plans and projections
  • Evaluate, recommend, implement and maintain an appropriate planning system that successfully integrates with NetSuite, while enabling for future growth and expansion
  • Develop and deliver timely and meaningful metrics and performance reports to the business, the finance leadership team and investor community
  • Perform necessary close activities to enable robust and SOX compliant financial records (e.g. accrual preparation, variance analysis, management reporting)
  • Partner with other finance personnel and other functions (Procurement, HR, IT and others) to ensure overall delivery that effectively enables business success
  • Assess FP&A demands to make suitable recommendations regarding addition of external and internal resources when stage appropriate
  • Establish and manage external service partners as necessary
  • Promote a mindset of simplification, standardization and continuous improvement
  • Meet necessary corporate finance deliverables and timelines


Strategic Business Partner Responsibilities

  • Be the trusted strategic and operational finance partner to functional and program business leaders, thereby enabling them to meet financial requirements, drive the business and make effective decisions
  • Collaborate effectively across functions and programs to understand key business drivers, and how such drivers affect performance; develop effective metrics to manage performance
  • Build analytical frameworks and forward-looking models to facilitate decision-making
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and duties as required
  • Assist the CFO in preparation of financial updates, proposals and communications to Caribou’s Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors
  • Assist the CFO with future capital-raising initiatives as they arise, including necessary project management for such initiatives
  • Represent Caribou with a high level of business integrity while adhering to all Company policies, procedures, and business ethics
  • Expect limited travel of up to 5% (post-Covid expectation)


Required Qualifications

  • BS in Finance, Business or related discipline with 10+ years’ Financial Planning and Analysis, corporate finance, investment banking or consulting experience
  • Robust understanding of financial statements, valuation methodologies and P&L management
  • Proven experience as a strategic business partner across functions and at multiple levels
  • Strong collaboration, communication and listening skills
  • Highly developed Excel and financial modeling skills
  • Proven ability to establish priorities, work independently, and execute objectives without supervision
  • Excellent and effective written, verbal communication and presentation skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA, CFA or similar
  • Experience with research, clinical trial management and/or business development finance in the biotech industry
  • Experience in a high growth environment
  • Able to traverse between strategic and detail-oriented operational topics
  • Ability to prioritize, make rapid decisions and adjust to changing needs and timelines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Significant attention to detail and strong organizational skills 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in parallel with consistent high quality
  • Personal attributes: team player, talent for networking, driven, passionate, curious, ability to deal with uncertainty, strategic thinker, effective problem solver, analytical, knowledge of underlying CRISPR or cell therapy technology, business acumen


Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic start-up biotechnology company, and the successful candidate should have a passion for science and a desire to work in a collaborative environment. Caribou promotes a culture in which employees are respected and valued for hard work, innovation, personal initiative, and teamwork.


Caribou compensation and benefits:

  • Comprehensive compensation package including stock options
  • Generous paid vacation time in addition to Company-observed holidays
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan including matching employer contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program


For more information, please visit Caribou is on Twitter. Follow the Company @CaribouBio.


Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law. In addition, Caribou prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the bases listed above or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.


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  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Department
    220 - Finance
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience