Senior Analyst/ Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

Description: Pliant Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies for fibrotic diseases. Founded by Third Rock Ventures with world-renowned academic thought leaders, Pliant is raising the bar for progress to meet unmet medical needs for patients and physicians. The company’s focus is on mechanism-based intervention in the fibrotic process using small molecules.

Position Overview: The Sr Financial Analyst/ Manager is responsible for strategic, financial and operational activities and will collaborate with a wide array of departments and program teams.   The position will report to the CFO, and will be responsible for budgets, forecasts, long-range plans, variance analysis and other ad-hoc reports. This role will be a key part of the Finance team and will work closely with Corporate and Business Development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Help lead the budgeting, long-range planning and quarterly forecasting efforts.
  • Provide financial planning, analysis, and support to drive decisions.
  • Manage/understand variances to plan for R&D spend on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Report/budget the allocation of FTE resources on a monthly basis.
  • Assist with the presentation of monthly results to program leads/department heads.
  • Special projects, system implementation, and ad-hoc analysis, as needed.
  • Cross-train on other key functions within the Finance team.
  • Build and maintain long-term projection and strategic valuation models to aid in decision making.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/ or Master’s degree in Economics/ Accounting/ Finance or similar discipline.
  • 2-5 years of finance experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, investment banking and/ or strategic consulting.
  • Strong financial modeling and analytical skills; highly proficient in MS Excel.
  • Ability to navigate and influence in a matrixed organizational structure; highly collaborative.
  • Attention to detail, with ability to see the big picture.
  • Passion to understand the business.
  • Able to work independently while exercising initiative, flexibility and sound judgment.
  • Comfortable working with different levels of the company including senior level management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Ability to operate in alignment with Pliant’s values.