Senior Financial Manager

PATH, South San Francisco, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th March, 2015

Job Description

The Senior Financial Manager provides broad program financial & administrative leadership and support for the Drug Development Program, including identification of new business development opportunities and management of financial, administrative, and logistical aspects of the program. The Senior Financial Manager also manages forecasting, budgeting and expenditures on assigned projects, and coordinates development of consulting agreements, contracts, and financial donor reports.  The Senior Financial Manager reports directly to the head (Global Program Leader) of the Drug Development Program and leads a team of 2-3 additional people.  The role requires financial experience and acumen, the ability to effectively lead and mentor a small team, serving as a proactive liaison with other teams and offices at PATH, an optimistic outlook, and exceptional judgment.  The Senior Financial Manager is a member of the PATH Drug Development management team.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and oversight for project administrators (PADMs) in the program; advise PADMs on institutional and donor fiscal policies, and serve as a liaison between the program and PATH Headquarters on financial, administrative, and grant management issues.
  • Develop and review grant proposals, budget proposals, Board of Directors materials, and financial and technical progress reports for the program, to ensure compliance with PATH and donor policies.
  • Coordinate annual budgeting process, and develop tools and methods to monitor and communicate the program’s overall budget implementation against annual projections throughout the fiscal year.
  • Manage the Program’s reporting of cross-program indicators to the PATH Executive Team; validate data and prepare summary tables for programmatic discussion.
  • Identify new business development opportunities and manage bid and proposal efforts; may act as the proposal manager for the technical and cost proposals, work with program and team leaders on budget development and justification, and work across PATH programs to identify complementary areas of expertise.
  • Work closely with the Global Program Leader and other management team members on overall program strategic priority setting, partnership issues, funding and fundraising, personnel, labor and resource allocation, donor relations and project management.

Required Skills   

  • Demonstrated experience managing individual grants and contracts from a variety of donors including governmental, private, and industry sources, with a strong foundation in fiscal compliance issues. Experience working with donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK DFID, and USAID especially desirable.
  • Strong supervisory, mentorship and leadership skills, with the ability to quickly understand, summarize, and communicate the complex interrelationships of independent projects.
  • Experience developing complex proposal budgets and business case sections of grant applications.
  • Experience identifying and evaluating grant application/request for proposal opportunities that may be relevant to the program.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc).
  • Special proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other financial software tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Excellent spoken, written and active listening communication skills and effective facilitation skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks and a diverse workload.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented with timely follow through.
  • Must be able to travel approximately 10% of the time.     

Required Experience

  • MBA strongly preferred.  Seven or more years of relevant experience, including at least five years in a managerial or supervisory role (or equivalent combination education and experience).   Direct experience with development and submission of grant proposals, and administrative management of grants and contracts in a non-profit or academic setting.  Experience in global health and with grants from private foundations is preferred.  Must possess strong financial, management, and communication skills.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.


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