Associate Director, FP&A - G&A Business Partner

Bluebird Bio, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

integrated product platforms with broad therapeutic potential

Associate Director, FP&A – G&A Business Partner

Join our high performing FP&A team supporting the G&A function and Corporate FP&A! As part of our exciting, fast-paced FP&A team, this individual will be a business-facing Finance team member providing critical business and financial decision support. This person will play an integral role in establishing and driving processes in areas such as budgeting/forecasting, management reporting and providing important input to FP&A processes and systems as we scale both to meet the needs of our growing organization.


Business partner to G&A

  • Become a key resource to the G&A team for all things finance including contract reviews, requisitions and POs, accruals, and assessment of performance vs. plan, providing financial expertise across all areas of operations from planning to execution
  • Provide decision support to stakeholders across all G&A departments both during active planning cycles (budget, reforecast, LRP) and on an ongoing basis
  • Develop, analyze, interpret and present financial results to various stakeholders within the organization, with the ability to adapt messaging depending on the audience, from department planners to executive level
  • Support the integration of G&A business planning to ensure alignment with the rest of our business during budget, forecast and LRP, including running workstreams in coordination with our Chief Operating Officer and/or others in oversight roles
  • Collaborate with our Global Procurement and Sourcing team to proactively and creatively seek out opportunities to evaluate various options and assess their respective financial and business impact
  • Collaborate with relevant members of our Accounting team on processes such as development of an integrated month-end close, including partnership on accruals and Budget versus Actual analyses
  • Advise on business planning assumptions, trade-offs and scenarios to support strategic decisions within the business

Corporate FP&A

  • Oversee global processes for headcount planning, participating as an active member on the Headcount Committee, and partnering with our People & Culture and IT teams on the seamless integration of data between position management and planning systems
  • Oversee our program allocation process and related time tracking system to ensure timely and accurate collection and reporting of data vs. plan
  • Bring creative ideas including those based on past experiences to help us streamline systems and process to ensure we continue to improve the way we work
  • Leverage strong systems knowledge to provide relevant, timely feedback on systems changes and on an ad hoc basis, help oversee various projects to implement changes
  • Establish and provide input into corporate financial processes and timelines



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
  • 8+ years related work experience in finance or a related field, including prior experience working as a finance business partner
  • Experience in cloud-based planning systems. Oracle PBCS is strongly preferred; a similar platform also acceptable.
  • Skilled with reporting tools (e.g. Tableau, Power BI) a plus.
  • Knowledge of recruiting and/or position management systems (e.g. Greenhouse) a plus
  • In depth knowledge of MS Office applications required
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively work with cross-functional teams
  • Experience in a multi-national corporation supporting users across different geographies
  • Understanding of GAAP/IFRS accounting principles required
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with changing priorities


Skills and Competencies

  • Analytical thinking – ability to collate & analyses data and identify key drivers
  • Finance Business Partnering skills – ability to engage with non-finance professionals and distill complex financial viewpoints to promote understanding
  • Focus on delivery – thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Patient-centricity – a passion for addressing the critical unmet medical needs of patients
  • Flexibility - to respond to fast changing business needs on short notice
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence across multiple functions and up to senior leadership
  • Strong Excel, PowerPoint and financial modelling skills
  • Willingness to embrace and demonstrate the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself

About Bluebird Bio

About us We are leading the gene therapy revolution. Our integrated product platforms encompass gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and gene editing – providing us with the potential to treat, and hopefully cure, a broad range of serious diseases. We have a lot of energy, and it’s not just the abundance of coffee that keeps us going. Find out what sparks our excitement and inspires us every day.

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