Manager, R&D/PM Finance

Finance Chestnut Ridge, New York


Job Summary - a concise overview of the job


The Manager, R&D/PM Finance is responsible for providing independent and objective oversight for Generic and Sterile R&D Finance. This role provides leadership and direction to the accounting and finance activities for the R&D (AR&D and Formulations), Project Management and Business Development, and Regulatory groups of Generic and Sterile segments. This includes providing financial support and leadership to Finance, Operational, R&D, and Development leaders, playing a key role in establishing and achieving financial objectives and formulating and executing operational strategies. This role is responsible for implementing and maintaining reporting mechanism and processes resulting in accurate development costs and performance reporting, in compliance with financial policies, SEC requirements and US GAAP.



All incumbents are responsible for following applicable Division & Company policies and procedures.

Scope of Authority - span of control (work unit, site, department, division, etc.), monetary value of budget/spend authority ( capital, operating, etc.), P&L responsibility, etc.

Generic and Sterile R&D segments


Key Accountabilities - key outcomes/deliverables, the major responsibilities, and % of time



% of Time

Budgeting, Reporting, and Forecasting

§  Prepare financial models and analysis to support management decision-making.


§  Lead and execute the annual budgeting and ongoing forecasting process for R&D groups (Development, Project Management, Regulatory) by partnering with the appropriate department and functional leaders.  Prepare and participate in the presentation of the plant budget to leadership.

§  Perform, review and oversee plant-level financial and operational reporting; financial statements, variances analysis, budgets and forecasts.


§  Assist in the implementation of activities against which performance is tracked and measured.


§  AdHoc analysis

§  Project Spend analysis – spend vs future returns


§  Monitor compliance with internal controls/SOX processes and consults with internal and external auditors.



§  Responsible for monthly/quarterly R&D closing process – spend accruals (development costs, bio-study accruals, filing fees, etc.)

§  Quarterly inter-company charges



Leadership & Counseling

§  Build relationships to develop and enhance collaboration with business leaders.


§  Establishes and maintains effective cross functional relationships and participates on cross-functional project teams providing financial support and analysis.

§  Provide direction and leadership for continuous improvement programs.

§  Foster a culture of continuous improvement and accountability via implementation of relevant operational metrics.






Education & Experience

Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience and  certifications required for the job

§  Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance. 

§  Advanced degree/MBA/CPA/CMA a plus.

§  Minimum of 7 years work experience with a thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, planning, general accounting, budgets, forecasting, R&D finance, and internal accounting control.

§  Advanced ERP skills preferred.  JDE, SAP, and Hyperion experience a plus.

§  Experience in pharmaceutical or similarly regulated industry a plus.


Proficiency in a body of information required for the job   

e.g. knowledge of FDA regulations, GMP/GLP/GCP, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, etc.

§  Sound working knowledge of GAAP, Sarbanes Oxley and local statutory requirements.

§  Knowledge & understanding of Corp, region/division and plant reporting policies.




Often referred to as “competencies”, leadership attributes, skills, abilities or behaviors that may be enterprise, functional or job specific       e.g. coaching, negotiation, calibration, technical writing etc.

§  Ability to communicate orally and in writing with all levels of management.

§  Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

§  Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

§  Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

§  Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes oneself available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

§  Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.

§  Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

§  Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

§  Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

§  Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.

§  Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

§  Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

§  Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Physical Requirements

Physical & mental requirements     e.g. lift 40 pounds, walk across plant/warehouse, business travel (% of time), driving as part of work responsibilities, etc.

§  General office environment.


Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.