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FP&A Manager - Cost

Company: Norstella
Location: United Kingdom
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*This role also welcomes applications from candidates with the right to work in the US*

About Norstella:

At Norstella, our mission is simple: to help our clients bring life-saving therapies to market quicker—and help patients in need.

Founded in 2022, but with history going back to 1939, Norstella unites best-in-class brands to help clients navigate the complexities at each step of the drug development life cycle —and get the right treatments to the right patients at the right time.

Each organization (Citeline, Evaluate, MMIT, Panalgo, The Dedham Group) delivers must-have answers for critical strategic and commercial decision-making. Together, via our market-leading brands, we help our clients:

  • Citeline – accelerate the drug development cycle
  • Evaluate – bring the right drugs to market
  • MMIT – identify barrier to patient access
  • Panalgo – turn data into insight faster
  • The Dedham Group – think strategically for specialty therapeutics

By combining the efforts of each organization under Norstella, we can offer an even wider breadth of expertise, cutting-edge data solutions and expert advisory services alongside advanced technologies such as real-world data, machine learning and predictive analytics.

As one of the largest global pharma intelligence solution providers, Norstella has a footprint across the globe with teams of experts delivering world class solutions in the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Japan, China and India. 

Job description: 

At Norstella, we are building a world-class Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) organization. We have begun a comprehensive program to streamline processes, enhance systems, realign the organization, and add opportunities for personal skill-building and professional growth. We are finding new ways to add value and provide strategic support. This is the kind of work we do. We want to build leading FP&A practices within Norstella, setting the stage to become the place any FP&A professional wants to work. This is a company where you can become a catalyst for change.  

Move beyond compiling data and help tell the story behind the numbers. Specializing in Financial Planning & Analysis, this role offers the opportunity to drive better business partnering and bring key insights to our leaders. This role will support the Corporate or Tech team based on prior experience. This is a growth-focused opportunity with potential to have a strong impact on the company.   
You’ll be a key partner working directly with the business. You’ll focus on developing business and financial reports, tracking against budget, and ad-hoc strategic analysis to help business partners. We are a growing Finance team continuing to think strategically and look for opportunities to deliver more value. You will be detail-oriented, a strategic thinker, and a team player.  

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Partner with business on the development and communication of the budget and forecast, financial reporting, operational analysis and executive reviews for Budget, Forecast, and Actuals
  • Evaluate business results and serve as a functional expert to the business to provide strategic guidance and insights
  • Manage headcount and partner closely with the HR team to ensure alignment to budget
    Create, enhance, and manage financial models to increase budgeting and forecasting accuracy
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert to complex business performance issues to define and execute action plans
  • Accountable for the quality and delivery of financial information
  • Interpret and evaluate monthly business trends, including budget variance of financial results and Key Performance Indicators to identify areas of risk and opportunities and provide recommendations
  • Assess the impact of strategic financial decisions and present recommendations to leadership
    Design, develop and implement methods and strategies to continually improve processes
  • And other duties as assigned  

Key requirements

  • ACA/ ACCA/ CIMA qualified or equivalent
  • Prior experience and an advanced understanding of corporate financial planning, reporting & analysis, accounting processes, and SaaS KPIs
  • Analytical skills to drill down into the detail but also understand and communicate the big picture
  • Strong Excel skills with demonstrated ability to build intuitive financial models
  • Experience in the life sciences industry or SaaS business model
  • A high degree of analytical capability and attention to detail with the ability to work in an ambiguous environment and deliver results.
  • Strong strategic skills, with the proven ability to identify and assess key points, implications, and recommendations
  • Demonstrated in depth understanding of common business and cost drivers, financial statement analysis, and deep-dive analysis
  • Knowledge of FASB and SEC requirements, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, tax reporting and accounting practices and International Financial Reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in continuous improvement initiatives, root cause analysis and project management

Nice to have

  • A master’s in business administration, Accounting, Finance, or Economics
  • Post-qualified experience within FP&A
  • Proficiency in Essbase, Smart View, Hyperion Planning, and Hyperion Strategic Finance

Our guiding principles for success at Norstella: 

01:  Bold, Passionate, Mission-First  

We have a lofty mission to Smooth Access to Life Saving Therapies and we will get there by being bold and passionate about the mission and our clients.  Our clients and the mission in what we are trying to accomplish must be in the forefront of our minds in everything we do.

02:  Integrity, Truth, Reality

We make promises that we can keep, and goals that push us to new heights.  Our integrity offers us the opportunity to learn and improve by being honest about what works and what doesn’t.  By being true to the data and producing realistic metrics, we are able to create plans and resources to achieve our goals.  

03:  Kindness, Empathy, Grace

We will empathize with everyone's situation, provide positive and constructive feedback with kindness, and accept opportunities for improvement with grace and gratitude.  We use this principle across the organization to collaborate and build lines of open communication.   

04:  Resilience, Mettle, Perseverance

We will persevere – even in difficult and challenging situations.  Our ability to recover from missteps and failures in a positive way will help us to be successful in our mission.

05:  Humility, Gratitude, Learning

We will be true learners by showing humility and gratitude in our work.  We recognize that the smartest person in the room is the one who is always listening, learning, and willing to shift their thinking.   


  • 25 days annual leave, 4 days for volunteering and a personal day
  • 5% pension match
  • Group Life Assurance (100% employer funded)
  • Group Income Protection (100% employer funded)
  • Other voluntary benefits such as: Dental, Cash Plan, PMI Excess Cover, Health Screening & Critical Illness

 Norstella is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age. Our ethos is to respect and value people’s differences, to help everyone achieve more at work as well as in their personal lives so that they feel proud of the part they play in our success. We believe that all decisions about people at work should be based on the individual’s abilities, skills, performance and behavior and our business requirements. Norstella operates a zero-tolerance policy to any form of discrimination, abuse or harassment.

Sometimes the best opportunities are hidden by self-doubt. We disqualify ourselves before we have the opportunity to be considered. Regardless of where you came from, how you identify, or the path that led you here- you are welcome. If you read this job description and feel passion and excitement, we’re just as excited about you.