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Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Avalyn Pharma

Avalyn Pharma

Accounting & Finance
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

  • 401(k) matching
  • Company parties
  • Competitive salary
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Stock options plan
  • Tuition assistance
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness resources

Company Overview:

Avalyn is a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare respiratory diseases including pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung diseases (ILD). Pulmonary fibrosis is characterized by scarring, decline in lung function, reduced exercise capacity and quality of life, and is associated with increased mortality. Currently approved therapeutic options slow pulmonary fibrosis progression but are associated with significant toxicities that restrict their use and dosing. Avalyn is developing a pipeline of new inhaled formulations of approved medicines designed to reduce systemic exposure and deliver medication to the site of disease. Avalyn’s pipeline is led by AP01, an optimized inhaled formulation of pirfenidone, which has been assessed in 150 individuals with different forms of pulmonary fibrosis and demonstrated clinical proof-of-concept with improved efficacy and safety over existing therapies. For more information, please visit

Position Overview:

The Director, Financial Planning & Analysis is responsible for executing sound processes relating to budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis for Avalyn reporting to the VP Finance. This is a critically important and highly visible role that interacts with senior management. The Director, Financial Planning and Analysis should be highly motivated to lead a team to identify, analyze, and propose solutions for the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, lead and oversee the quarterly and annual budgeting process, as well as ongoing forecasting efforts to enable organization to deliver on key objectives.
  • Responsible for financial reporting, including monthly comparison of actual vs. budget results and relevant variance analysis, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Create monthly reporting packages for project teams and departments, including variance analysis.
  • Performs comprehensive financial analyses, including variance analysis, trend analysis, and scenario modeling, to evaluate performance and identify opportunities.
  • Responsible for driving alignment between financial planning and analysis and the business by working with the departments to understand their needs and ensuring that the FP&A function is providing the information and insights they need to make informed decisions.
  • Proactively drive analyses of business performance and results and provide thoughtful, informed recommendations.
  • Support accounting team on month-end closing and quarterly filings, as needed.
  • Develop and coach team to support growth and development and achievement of goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate for this role will have:

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting or related field.
  • 10+ years of Finance experience in biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • 10+ years experience in Financial Planning and Analysis, working on clinical study trials.
  • Strong experience in designing & leading best-in-class FP&A processes, (e.g. budgeting, forecasting and long-range planning) working in a biotech required.
  • Proven success as an FP&A leader in a high growth environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills with a solutions-oriented mindset.

This is a remote position.