Associate Director, Finance - Fin3


Menlo Park, California, United States


Orchard Therapeutics is a leading global, fully integrated, commercial-stage biotech dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with rare diseases through innovative gene therapies.

Partnering with world-leading research institutions in gene therapy, Orchard’s portfolio of autologous ex vivo gene therapy programs has demonstrated sustained clinical benefit in over 150 patients across five disease areas. These programs include Strimvelis®, the first autologous ex vivo gene therapy approved by the EMA in 2016, 3 programs in advanced registrational studies in MLD (metachromatic leukodystrophy), WAS (Wiskott Aldrich syndrome) and ADA-SCID (adenosine deaminase severe combined immunodeficiency), 2 other clinical programs in X-CGD (X-linked chronic granulomatous disease) and beta-thalassemia, as well as an extensive preclinical pipeline.

Orchard is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ORTX) with offices in the UK and the US, including London, Boston and the Bay Area, California.

Job summary

The Associate Director, Technical Operations Finance will be the first finance leader for Orchard Therapeutics California sites.

The successful candidate will have an extensive Finance background and experience supporting a Manufacturing/Technical Operations organization. They will partner with Technical Operations leadership to draw out business insight to drive sound decision-making while maintaining a robust internal controls environment and helping the Finance organization prepare for rapid business growth.

The ideal candidate should have:

A passion for working in a purpose-driven and patient-centric organization. A positive, “can-do” attitude along with a strong work ethic and adaptability to effectively operate in an entrepreneurial, dynamic and rapid growth environment. The candidate should be comfortable liaising with all levels of management and collaborating effectively with a diverse set of functional experts.

The candidate will be comfortable setting the tone for internal controls and establishing a presence for the Finance function at the site. The candidate must be able to manage the expectations of many different departments and levels, must have a strong eye for detail and be prepared to go the extra mile when called upon.

This role is based in the Menlo Park offices of Orchard Therapeutics. Some travel to offices in Boston and Europe may be required.



  • Interact/collaborate with various business partners and stakeholders to ensure appropriate/timely progression of routine work and projects
  • Support critical accounting processes and assist in the monthly and quarterly close
  • Deliver routine financial reporting and associated business insight to drive sound financial and strategic decision-making
  • Working with the Technical Operations Leadership Team, develop the annual operating plan and the long-range strategic plan
  • Key point of communication with senior leaders for controlling, strategic support, reporting, and planning as well as taking an active leadership role in the Finance community
  • Understand all aspects of Cost Accounting including inventory valuation, variance analyses, yield measurement, and standard cost maintenance
  • Monitor and account for all capital projects, including the timely capture of all project commitments and assist managers in performing project and/or capital expenditure cost analysis and justification as needed
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls

Job requirements

  • Minimum 5 years in progressively complex financial leadership roles
  • Experience with both clinical and commercial manufacturing
  • Experience working in a matrixed, global environment; people management experience preferred
  • Experience working for a multi-national biopharmaceutical or healthcare company preferred
  • Accounting experience preferred
  • Strong English language skills (reading and written)
  • Strong computer literacy is essential, particularly across all Microsoft Office packages and Oracle systems
  • BA/BS in Finance or Engineering (or other relevant field), MBA or advanced degree preferred


  • BA/BS in Finance or Engineering (or other relevant field), MBA or advanced degree preferred