Senda Biosciences, Inc. is pioneering a new field of medicine called Intersystems Biology.  People are a system of systems—both human and non-human. The constant molecular exchange between the hundreds of trillions of human and non-human cells within us, such as plant and bacterial cells, defines life as profoundly as our genetics. Senda is systematically harnessing these powerful molecular exchanges—the product of millennia of co-evolution—to create new classes of programmable medicines. Built on insights from Intersystems Biology, Senda’s X-VIA™ drug development platform is the first-ever atlas of interspecies exchange mechanisms, enabling next-generation nucleic acid, genetic and protein-based therapies. These therapies will enable new frontiers for medicines, such as programmable tissue targeting beyond the liver for nucleic acid, cell, and gene therapies; tunable immunomodulation for both in vivo immune system stimulation and suppression; repeatable dosing of therapeutic modalities that were previously impossible; and multiple routes of administration, including enabling oral routes for large biomolecules for the first time.

Senda was unveiled by Flagship Pioneering in October 2020, and the company entered into a strategic collaboration with Nestlé Health Science in 2021 focused on novel nutritional therapies for a wide range of metabolic conditions. Senda is based in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Position Summary

The VP, FP&A will be an integral member of the Finance Team at Senda Biosciences and will be a closely integrated strategic and operational partner with the CFO. This role will be responsible for providing strong financial management and budget process development and management for the company while also serving as a critical thought partner to the CFO on both strategic and tactical financial decision-making and execution. They will also bring strong transactional experience in Financial Planning and Analysis. This individual will focus on providing business/financial planning, reporting and analysis as well as business partnering with other functions as a leader and manager within the Finance function. This role provides both strategic guidance and also requires a hands-on approach to day-to-day work to provide value as the company continues to evolve.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, execute and report financial activities, including annual budgets, long-range planning with financial controls, procedures, accuracy and reliability.
  • Partner with functional and departmental leaders on team financials, cash analysis, R&D program/platform level reporting, and quarterly Board of Directors and Audit committee packages.
  • Provide proactive monitoring of risks and opportunities.
  • Maintain and enhance a cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
  • Lead all Financial Planning and Analysis work and foster an environment and culture of continuous improvement with driving efficient process change and analytics fit for use for the business.
  • Provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial performance and provide business leaders with advice on the financial implications of research and business activities and initiatives.
  • Be a partner in forecasting future operations cost and budgeting.
  • Assist with specific projects and initiatives unique to a fast-growing biotechnology start-up, such as system implementations and updates and business process improvements.
  • Ad-hoc reporting and analysis including assistance with 409a valuations as needed.
  • Support Finance team with preparation and completion of annual Auditing.


  • Masters degree or MBA in Finance or Accounting or relevant discipline is preferred.
  • 6+ years experience in leading FP&A operations and strategy with minimum of 2+ years in a publicly traded company in the biotechnology or life sciences industry.
  • Solid financial, analytic, and strategic planning experience.
  • Experience leading the short-term and long-term financial planning process.
  • Experience coordinating with external vendors on an as needed basis.
  • Demonstrated budgeting, costing, estimating, and reporting experience.
  • Highly organized, analytical, ethical, clear communicator with a strong eye for details.


Senda Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Senda does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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