Director, FP&A and Special Projects

Senti Biosciences

Senti Biosciences

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024
Reporting to the CFO, this highly visible role will be instrumental in developing best-in-class processes and building robust budgeting, forecasting and analytics to support a scaling business. This role will be a dedicated member of the finance team but will need to lead business partnering with other teams, including R&D and Technical Operations/Manufacturing. The ideal candidate will bring a capital markets lens to FP&A, with experience with both a rapidly scaling operational company and investment banking or equity research. You should also be able to take on related special projects that typically arise from a scaling biotech company like Senti, such as valuation and competitive market analysis, as well as assessment of potential financing transactions. We are looking for a flexible leader who is capable of doing things outside of the direct line of ongoing operations forecasting. You will be responsible for demonstrating strong communication, strategic thinking skills, and proactive teamwork to ensure we are operating in the most optimal way to support Senti’s business needs and objectives.


  • Strategic business partner with the ability to work collaboratively with business leaders in R&D, Clinical, Manufacturing, and across the organization to accurately frame, assess and integrate strategic and tactical initiatives and growth plans into operating budgets and forecasts
  • Support/enhance processes and structure for budgeting, forecasting, and long-range planning
  • Provide monthly reporting packages for department leads including variance analysis to monitor progress against plans
  • Lead the effort to model and forecast our preclinical portfolio through IND, clinical stages, and potential commercialization including competitive market analysis
  • Perform comprehensive financial analysis including cash out projections, variance analysis, and scenario modeling to senior leadership team and develop materials for Board Meetings
  • Collaborate with Strategic finance on valuation analysis, creation of financial models to support corporate projects, business development transactions, company financing activities, and/or other ad hoc financial analysis
  • Support the accounting team on month-end close, quarterly external reporting, and audits as needed
  • Review contracts and purchase orders for budget compliance
  • Work closely with People Operations and executive team to ensure all hiring plans are within budget and calculate annual bonus compensation/merit increases
  • Build, Coach and Develop Senti's future FP&A team


  • 10+ years of a combination of public and/or private operational experience and investment banking/equity research experience
  • A BS or BA is required, and an MBA is preferred
  • Prior experience in biotech or pharma is required
  • In-depth proficiency in aspects of accounting and finance and knowledge of US GAAP
  • In depth knowledge of Business Intelligence, Planning and ERP (SAP) systems is preferred
  • Mastery level Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint skills are required
  • Strong at execution, follow-up and attention to detail
  • Commitment to process improvement and the ability to think “out-of the box”
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A team player, adept at building relationships across the organization
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Able to keep deadlines at a fast pace without losing accuracy

Salary and Benefits

  • Compensation for this role includes base salary, annual target bonus and equity
  • The base salary range for this role is $220,000-240,000. Starting pay is determined by multiple job-related factors including a candidate’s skills, education and experience level, benchmark, and internal parity
  • Significant growth opportunity as the company expands
  • Empathetic, supportive and collaborative colleagues and work environments