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At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world’s most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.
Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we’re working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.
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The Finance Director will serve as the primary business partner to the Senior Vice President of one of Cepheid’s Business Units. The role entails working closely with cross-functional teams to help develop strategic plans and guide investments in BU segments for developed markets worldwide. This includes helping to create and drive the business unit segment strategy, P&L (profit & loss) statement, product roadmap and portfolio, market value realization, assay and platform development, and non-organic investments (i.e., open innovation, M&A).
This is a highly visible role that includes frequent interaction with executive leadership, and other key internal and external partners! As a leader within the Finance organization, this role’s overarching responsibilities include all financial aspects of the business unit’s efforts in delivering insightful business analysis that enables decision-making and improves Cepheid’s overall performance.
This position is part of the Financial Planning & Analysis department and will be located in Sunnyvale, CA.
In this role, you will have the opportunity to:
Partner with the Senior VP to drive the growth and profitability of the business unit and help set and deliver on its financial objectives.
Lead the BU Finance Team(s) in partnering with leadership supporting the business.
Own and collaborate with the commercial finance team in the new matrixed organization, to create the BU budget, forecast and actual reporting processes along with related Cepheid/DHR deliverables w/ special focus on forecast accuracy.
Analyze financials with the goal of generating insights on key business drivers and initiating countermeasures if the BU deviates from its targets.
Support all financial aspects of new product development via the product life cycle management toll-gate process.
Maintain a culture of control & compliance with regards to financial controls & cost discipline.
Lead & deliver on special projects (Make vs. Buy, Production / Product relocation, M&A).
Drive culture of ongoing process improvement to help identify opportunities in the areas of minimizing idle capacity, unit & total cost, and maximizing labor & instrument efficiency.
Drive organizational improvements to develop the best team possible and work with staff to ensure that adequate development plans are in place so that we create and grow a bench of robust finance talent.
Build and maintain an environment of personal accountability that encourages ownership of issues and excellence in service.
Maintain a strong team focusm on “professional people development”, accountability, respect and committing to results.
The essential requirements of the job include:
Bachelor’s or advanced degree with a concentration in Finance/Accounting/Economics or related field. MBA is a plus
Minimum 14+ years of relevant experience in medium to large scale organization ideally in med tech industry
Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated success working with (and leading) cross-functional teams to understand business drivers and deliver financially and operationally impactful outcomes to the business.
Confirmed experience to successfully lead others; create and foster an environment of collaboration & teamwork.
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and an understanding of the implications your actions and those of the Finance team will have on the strategic and organizational demands of a rapidly growing company.
Results oriented; high eye for business/strategic orientation, influence leadership, change leadership – driving a change to execution seamlessly.
Strong discernment, including the ability to partner and communicate with line management and Danaher operating businesses, as needed.
Engaging personality so that you are sought out as a solution provider and problem solver.
Drive strong employee engagement across a geographically/culturally diverse team.
Committed to continuous improvement through the use of DBS/Lean tools.
Deals well with ambiguity and applies critical-thinking and creativity to research and analysis.
Self-motivated with a bias for action with strong analytical skills and ability to utilize those skills to influence and motivate change.
Detailed orientation, passion, and curiosity to dive into problem areas before they become financial surprises.
Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it’s a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at danaherbenefitsinfo.com .
When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.
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