Head of Finance

Recruiter
Wren Therapeutics Ltd
Location
Pampisford, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
24 Mar 2019
Closes
26 Mar 2019
Ref
1090415221
Job Role
Head of Finance
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full-time
Level of qualification
Qualified
Company profile Wren Therapeutics, founded in 2016, is a spin-off company from the University of Cambridge (UK) and Lund University (Sweden), focused on drug discovery and development for protein misfolding diseases. The company is based at the University of Cambridge UK, in the recently opened Chemistry of Health Centre and will soon open a satellite office in Boston, Massachusetts. Wren is advancing an entirely novel approach to address protein misfolding diseases, based on more than a decade of research from its scientific founders focused on the chemical kinetics of the protein misfolding process. These advances make it possible to map, and selectively modulate, the complex and non-linear chemical kinetic networks associated with misfolding proteins and disease. Wren's predictive, quantitative platform is built on concepts from the physical sciences and is a fundamental shift from the descriptive, qualitative methods of traditional biology, which have failed to successfully address these complex systems. Wren is using its unique approach to develop a broad pipeline of small molecule and antibody therapeutics, as well as diagnostics, spanning neurology, ophthalmology and metabolic diseases. The Role The Head of Finance will lead all aspects of the finance function and play an integral role as part of the wider Executive Team. The Head of Finance will oversee finance activities at the Company's main site in the UK, in addition to at Wren's Swedish Branch, and at a future office based in Boston, Massachusetts. Key Responsibilities Developing a best-in-class finance function, including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, working capital management, cash-flow forecasting, supplier negotiations and payments, management of the audit process Implementing best-in-class financial systems and processes to support the operational and strategic development of the business Ensuring appropriate levels of internal controls, financial reporting, policies and procedures, and compliance with local statutory requirements Managing day-to-day finance operations, including overseeing and working with Wren's external accountants Leading financial reporting for external collaborations entered into Designing appropriate operating metrics, and preparing and presenting financial results to the Executive Team and Board Assessing and establishing the optimum corporate and financial structure for the company, including in relation to tax planning Establishing a US corporate entity and related financing activities and capabilities to enable the establishment of a US-based office Being an active business partner to the CEO and Wren Executive Team, providing financial insight and contributing to the development of overall company strategy and execution Skills and Qualifications Bachelor's higher degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related discipline Qualified chartered accountant 7-10 years of financial, accounting and operational management with increasing levels of responsibility. Experience in a biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry desired Demonstrated success collaborating with stakeholders in Finance, Legal, Tax and Scientific functions and an ability to continuously improve processes and capabilities Experience in establishing operating metrics and reporting capabilities Experience of interacting with auditors, business advisors and executive management teams Strong management, interpersonal and analytical skills

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