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Lead Finance Business Partner, Business Development and Analytics

Date: Jun 18, 2022

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.






The Lead Finance Business Partner, Business Development and Analytics will be responsible for providing overall finance support to the Business Development, Finance and Strategy departments. The Position will be an effective business partner and trusted financial advisor to the Head of Business Development, Head of Finance and Head of Strategy and accompanying team members.

The position holder will also provide finance expertise, guidance and analysis into strategic and operational business decisions aimed at executing on the goals and priorities of the group/organization. This position will be responsible to gather critical data points and execute financial modeling in support of business development opportunities, manage the long-range financial planning exercise and generate analytics that will contribute to achieving the company’s strategic objectives.

The position holder may also be involved in ad hoc projects that support driving the functions and organization towards optimal efficiency and effectiveness.

The positions will report to the Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and will collaborate with a team of professionals (direct reports and contractors) across the Finance function.  


Key duties will include:

  • Act as the primary strategic and operational finance partner on cross-functional teams in the assessment of business development opportunities, including the development of financial models, discounted cash flows/NPVs, benchmarking and asset valuations, etc.  
  • Partner with Strategy on the development of the Long Range/Strategic Plan and lead the creation of the financials for Spark Therapeutics
  • Support cross-functional leaders, including the Head of Strategy, Asset General Managers (AGMs) and Portfolio Management, with deep data driven analysis which is intended to support operational and strategic decisions and drive business performance (e.g. business reporting, trend analysis, investment cases, pricing analysis).
  • Understand and seek out business drivers and key operational issues; actively identify strategic and tactical opportunities and deliver insightful analyses to Head of FP&A and Head of Finance to support decision-making
  • Deliver timely, complete and accurate financial analysis that communicates progress toward attainment of financial plans & goals, as well as plans to identify trends in expense, capital expenditures, and other related areas  
  • Identify, design and implement leading practice business and finance analytics capabilities for Spark Therapeutics
  • Act as a leader in the Finance function







Be a critical and strategic trusted advisor to Finance, Business Development and Strategy to understand, contribute to and enable the organization’s strategic goals and operational objectives. This includes but is not limited to development of analysis methodologies to drive strategic and tactical decisions; and creation of new tools/solutions for program teams and functional leaders to support key strategic and program investment decisions.

  • Manage the financial portion of Long Range Planning exercise, including:
    • Execute the process
    • Analyze and challenge key assumptions
    • Create summary presentations


  • Additionally, the position will develop new approaches, processes and analytics to address business needs that arise during these processes.


  • Contribute to the financial accounting/review process:
    • Develop and improve processes for collection and review of financial results
    • Develop innovative financial reporting and analysis capabilities


Education and Experience Requirements

•            Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance

•            CPA and/or MBA strongly preferred

•            Minimum 10 years of relevant financial experience; preferably in the biopharmaceutical industry

•            Extensive Experience in developing financial models – discounted cash flows/NPV's, monte carlo/risk-based analysis ect. required

•            Extensive Experience with Business Development deals is preferred

•            Working knowledge of budget preparation, consolidation and financial reporting


Manage the team to achieve business goals and objectives.

•            Hire & Intergrate.  Know what skills, experiences and capabilities are needed to achieve current and future business goals. Take an active role in attracting and selecting talent who are inspired by our Mission, Vision and Values.  Consciously create a team with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skill sets and perspectives.  Help new team members successfully integrate into Spark so they can actively contribute and add value as quickly as possible.

•            Manage performance.   Ensure every team member knows what is expected of them, what it takes to be successful, and how they are progressing.  Provide team members with continuous and on-going performance feedback, holding everyone accountable to achieve results while demonstrating the Spark Values. Help team members understand how their work contributes to the overall success of Spark by continuously communicating priorities, decisions and changes; adjusting goals as needed.

•            Develop people.   Understand each individual team member’s career goals. strengths and motivators.  Partner with your employees to identify areas for development, conduct coaching conversations regularly and provide guidance on ways to develop through on the job experiential learning and stretch opportunities.



Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies


  • Demonstrated success building long-lasting partnerships across an organization.
  • A proactive, critical thinker, who prioritizes decision support activities, initiates and drives productivity and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to frame issues, develop hypothesis, create analytical plans, conduct analytical plans, and present results.
  • Ability to develop and conduct sophisticated financial and business analysis.  Experience in scenario analysis, option analysis, valuation and complex modelling.
  • Professional maturity, business acumen and leadership necessary to effectively work with and influence non-finance colleagues across the organization.
  • High energy self-starter and proactive leader.
  • Seeks to continually improve business processes.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced and rapidly growing company, with experience in driving improvements, defining process and guiding business clients and partners.
  • Commitment to customer service with a strong sense of ownership for projects and results.
  • Very strong knowledge of accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in preparing financial statements.
  • Proven ability and desire to work effectively and deliver accurate results under tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills; must be able to confidently and effectively communicate finance and accounting concepts to those who are unfamiliar with financial terms.
  • Track record of partnering productively with accounting function to support monthly & quarterly close activities
  • Experience in people management




Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Technical financial and accounting knowledge with analytical acumen; ability to help business partners “look around the corner”; problem-solving skills.
  • A process thinker with a sound knowledge of service-based organization business models.
  • Analytical and systems thinking - logically breaking problems down into their essential elements: carrying out diagnosis and development solutions.
  • Should be able to see structures and flows in complex systems as well as depict and present them to others in a simple and concise manner.
  • Independence - holding to own convictions in the face of resistance (anticipated or actual)
  • Critical information seeking - gathering critical information from key sources to assist problem solving

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Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location.  Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia