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Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

San Diego - California Up to $310,000 (plus bonuses)

We are developing a global information exchange platform to transform how drug innovators and health regulators interact to bring safe and effective medicines to patients faster and more efficiently.


  • Advising the CEO on strategic planning and business development.
  • Assist the CEO in the successful growth of the organisation, including capital raising strategies
  • Responsible for working with the CEO and Board of Directors (BOD) to develop and execute the financial strategy and operations that support the Company’s business objectives and plans. 

Key Criteria

  • Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry experience and must take on the role of a full partner and advisor to the CEO
  • Able to take a prominent voice in investor relations and communications to the Board
  • Possess the skills to communicate the company’s story to investors
  • A track record of originating and closing equity deals, and should have a list of potential financing sources that are willing to take their call
  • Experience with VC firms, or raising priced equity rounds as needed
  • Experience in pre-IPO
  • Interaction with international regulatory authorities i.e. FDA, EMEA, MHRA

Key Relationships

  • Reports directly to the CEO
  • Interacts frequently with members of the senior leadership team
  • Board of Directors
  • Existing and clients globally

Major Responsibilities

  • As a business partner to the CEO and senior leadership team, the CFO will assess organizational performance against both the prior year results, the annual budget, and the company’s long-term strategy
  • Ability to maintain healthy and positive relationships with institutional investors, investment banks and equity analysts is essential, including the ability to build a market for the company stock post-IPO.
  • Polished, hands-on, decisive team player/builder who will take responsibility for the development of a well-integrated financial organization
  • Develops tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the CEO and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations
  • Oversees long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the company’s strategic plans
  • Advise the CEO on business development and strategic planning
  • Assist in raising additional capital at appropriate valuations to enable the company to meet sales, growth, and market share objectives.
  • Reviews and approves board packages, quarterly and annual shareholder reports
  • Ensures maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures for the company
  • Ensures timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting to the company’s CEO and leadership team
  • Ensures GAAP, legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions
  • Represents the company to business partners, analysts, investors, including financial institutions and auditors
  • Managing all short and long-term strategic financial objectives of the company, supporting the executive team with vital financial information and operational analytics, and driving a culture of accountability in managing the business.
  • Assist the CEO in the successful growth of the organization, including capital raising strategies

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or business administration. MBA a plus
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is strongly preferred
  • 15+ years of finance experience required, of which at least 10+ years are of senior financial leadership experience in the biotech industry, or significant banking and investor experience in biotech/biopharmaceutical
  • 3+ years as CFO with strong investor-relations, finance-based analytical skills, and experience in strategic planning
  • Biotech, Life Science, or Drug Development industry experience required
  • IPO/S-1, M&A or start up exit experience within the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry is strongly preferred



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