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Director, Global Process Excellence, Finance Systems and Reporting

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Accounting & Finance
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Job Description

The Director, Global Process Excellence, Finance Systems and Reporting is a key member of the Vertex Finance organization and will be leading financial systems and continuous improvement workstreams as part of Project Sirius as well as other projects aimed at improvement of global finance processes, implementation and enhancement of finance systems and the establishment of enterprise reporting capabilities.

Reporting to the VP, Global Process Excellence, Finance Systems and Reporting, this role is a key leader in ensuring that Vertex’s global R&D finance team can scale efficiently to meet the needs of an increasingly large and complex pipeline by optimizing global processes, implementing and enhancing finance systems and building new scalable global capabilities to enable efficient and effective enterprise planning and reporting. An important aspect of this role is the ability to have influence without authority, and to be able to maintain an enterprise-wide view where global processes and solutions are most effective and efficient for Vertex.

Success in this role requires a deep understanding of Vertex’s business and strategy including a strong understanding of R&D and PPM processes, experience in designing and implementing global processes and finance systems, an ability to lead and manage change and to collaborate effectively within Finance and with other key stakeholders including (Accounting, Internal Audit, DTE, PPM, HR etc.) to ensure strategic and operational alignment. Most specifically, collaboration and extremely strong partnership with R&D Finance and the PPM organization is paramount to success in this role.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Strategizes with finance and business leaders to identify and prioritize global R&D Finance process optimization opportunities to enable Vertex’s efficient growth through industry-leading cross-functional innovation and business partnering.

  • Partners with R&D Finance leadership to develop a strategy for that organization’s efficient scaling on short term processes as well as the LRP.

  • Leads process and systems enhancement workstreams to help optimize the use of data driven insights to drive integrated enterprise decision making.

  • Enables VRTX growth by using data and technology platforms to enable operating efficiencies, growth and ability to scale with sustainable, compliant and risk balanced processes.

  • Drives implementation of VRTX global financial data structures to ensure that we are organizing and governing data to enable effective performance management and decision support as Vertex grows in scale and complexity.

  • Partners closely with R&D Finance, PPM, HR and DTE to ensure that Vertex is building integrated enterprise planning capabilities to enable short- and long-term decision making and resource allocation.

  • Collaborates effectively with other R&D Finance, PPM, Internal Audit, Accounting, HR, DTE and business leaders to ensure highly aligned and coordinated enterprise change management.

  • Helps to develop and coach more junior team members to encourage growth and new opportunities and maintaining an atmosphere of inclusivity across the team.

  • Utilizes data analytics and metrics to identify trends, make recommendations and mitigate resourcing and financial risks.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Finance or Accounting.

  • MBA and CPA a plus.

  • Typically requires 12+ years of relevant experience in a finance managerial role demonstrating strong technical and analytical skills, and a track record of success working in a team-based environment or the equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Experience partnering with cross-functional teams and processes; able to manage through ambiguity and influence with and without authority.

  • Must have vision for the future, an ability to think strategically on getting alignment across various groups, and an ability to partner effectively with R&D Finance leadership.

  • Ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems, leveraging industry best practices and finding solutions that are fit-for-purpose for Vertex but also contemplate future business needs.

  • Ability to effectively work with and influence senior leaders including the DTE LT, FLT and PPM LT individually and in gaining alignment amongst these groups when needed.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.

  • Significant knowledge of drug development process with strong business acumen and judgment; knowledge of the company's markets/products a plus.

  • Strong project management ability and ability to manage multiple projects and areas of ownership.

  • Proactive, organized, and comfortable managing shifting priorities in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Possesses a continuous improvement mindset, with flexibility and ability to adapt to change



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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