Rocket Pharmaceuticals

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis – R&D

Location US-NJ-Cranbury
ID 2024-1966
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Work at ROCKET PHARMA and help cure rare diseases!


Rocket Pharma is a fully integrated, clinical-stage company advancing gene therapies with curative potential for multiple rare childhood diseases. Rocket places enormous value on people and considers team member progress and well-being to be as important as the progress of its pipeline. We are looking for hands-on team players who enjoy collaborating with colleagues. We share a passion for seeking gene therapy cures for devastating diseases and making a difference for patients. This is an opportunity to become an integral part of a small, highly productive team and to help grow an entrepreneurial, scientifically driven organization that is increasingly recognized as a leading biotechnology innovator. In addition to a competitive compensation package featuring a generous 401K match and stock options, the position includes excellent health benefits.

Position Summary

The Director, Financial Planning & Analysis – R&D is responsible for executing budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, and key strategic finance projects. Reporting to the VP of FP&A, this is a critical role that supports and works in partnership with functional and senior leadership. As a key leader in the FP&A organization, this role will support the R&D Organization. This individual is expected to be an advisor to business and work alongside other matrix partners to identify, analyze, and propose new processes and strategies to solve complex business challenges.


The Director or FP&A – R&D is a high impact position requiring strong financial and management skills, decision support analysis, ability to influence strategic investment decisions and ability to multi-task. This individual is a key strategic leader with opportunities for visibility and influence with R&D leaders.


  • Develop, lead and oversee the quarterly and annual budgeting process, as well as ongoing forecasting efforts to enable organization to deliver on key objectives.
  • Develop and maintain financial models to support business planning, scenario analysis, and decision-making. Lead ROI, NPV, build vs buy and other assessments and analyses to support the business in decision making
  • Provide insightful analysis of financial performance, variance analysis, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to identify trends, opportunities, and risks and make informed recommendations
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to understand need and drive alignment on financial goals, assumptions, and priorities
  • Work closely with the R&D leadership (Program leaders and Functional/Dept heads) to understand the value drivers to the business.
  • Drive continuous improvement in financial processes, reporting tools, and systems to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and effectiveness
  • Support accounting team on month-end closing and quarterly filings, as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field; MBA or CPA preferred.
  • 15 years of progressive experience in financial planning and analysis,
  • 5+ years in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry
  • Extensive knowledge of financial modeling, forecasting techniques, and performance metrics
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to translate complex data into actionable insights
  • Deep demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budgeting, and business partnering
  • Demonstrated ability to influence decisions through clear, data-driven analysis, and strong presentation
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to work effectively cross functionally and with senior leadership
  • Possesses judgment and ability to manage multiple workstreams
  • Ability to manage through uncertainty

EEO Statement

A diverse workforce fosters innovation and strengthens Rocket’s business. We ensure equal opportunity without discrimination or harassment in the workplace on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, citizenship, status as a protected veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, and federal laws.


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