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Sr. Finance Manager, Government Contracts in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 2/18/2019

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Job ID: CEP002165

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


The Sr. Finance Manager, Government Contracts is a key member of the Global Finance Team, manages 1 Sr. Finance Analyst, and is responsible for Government Contracts Accounting and Reporting. A strong team player, the owner of this role brings strong knowledge of Government Contracts accounting rules and regulations, business acumen, analytical power and a results and process improvement oriented mentality. Strong sense of integrity, good communication skills, great attention to detail and a proven ability to work cross functionally is a requirement.


    • Ability to build and maintain financail models for government grant proposals.
    • Uses advanced contracts and grants concepts to manage and guide others in complex award document terms and conditions.
    • Performs financial results analysis to identify variations and trends that indicate possible exposures, assessing risk and managing compliance within Cepheid policies and government contracts rules and regulations.
    • Defines and implements standard work processes for efficient and accurate government contracts management.
    • Acts as liaison between Cepheid and the sponsoring agencies, working at a high level of independency to negotiate acceptable terms and conditions, answer questions and provide status reports.
    • Analyzes problems, formulates options, and coordinates resolution of post award related issues.
    • Works collaboratively with R&D project managers to ensure proper allocation of Cepheid resources, approving hires and purchase orders, enforcing accurate time-reporting and ensuring projects are progressing timely and on budget.
    • Stays up to date on current Federal policies and procedures and assists in developing and training others in the organization.
    • Recommends changes to department policies and practices as needed in order to assure compliance with government contract rules and regulations.
    • Independently exercises sound judgment, identifies risks and responds accordingly. 
    • Prepares monthly budget vs. actual analysis on several dimensions of the projects (milestones, sub-projects deliverables, cost centers, headcount, materials, consulting, overhead and capex.
    • Prepares timely and accurate annual budgets and monthly forecasts, with similar levels of detail as mentioned above, month-end close activities, management and corporate reports related to the projects.
    • Provides monthly reports and meets with project team, R&D & finance organizations as well as sponsoring agencies, to review actual results analyze forecast variances, update forecasts, identify trends and provide recommendations to drive forecast execution and accuracy.
    • Works closely with General Accounting to ensure proper coding of expenses and capital purchases.
    • Leads Cepheid’s efforts on any government audits, as well as internal audits and maintains relevant documentation to support auditsPrepares/reviews allocation and accrual journal entries.
    • Ensure proper coding of allowable vs. unallowable expenses.
    • Identify cost savings and process improvement opportunities and drive implementation.
    • Manage, coach and develop the Sr. Finance Analyst.
    • Create and maintain an environment of personal accountability that encourages ownership of issues and excellence in service.

Job Requirements


  • Qualifications / Competencies

    • Bachelor's in Accounting, Finance, or related area required (with 8+ years of related work experience). CPA or MBA a plus.
    • Master's degree in field with 6+ years of related work experience OR
    • Doctoral degree in field with 3+ years of related work experience
    • Advanced working knowledge of contracts and grants transactions and applicable financial systems, as well as related policy, accounting and regulatory compliance requirements.
    • Thorough knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional and government policies. 
    • Advanced working knowledge of current compliance regulations in all areas of government contracts administration. 
    • Ability to independently manage high volume and complex transactions.
    • Excellent/effective oral and written communication and presentation skills, including ability to interpret and construct complex legal language as well as persuasive correspondence to convey information in a clear, organized, and concise manner. 
    • Advanced knowledge and ability to perform review of complex funding solicitations including Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
    • Strong knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and policies related to government project/contract administration. 
    • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.
    • Goal/results oriented team player with demonstrated success working effectively across all levels within the organization
    • Strong hands-on ERP, Data Warehouse and Consolidations & Reporting tool experience and business analysis (SAP, BPC, BW, Hyperion HFM experience preferred).
    • Advanced knowledge of financial and accounting theory as well as financial and statistical modeling techniques.
    • Experience managing and developing others, recognizes and develops talent – enjoys mentoring.
    • Proven experience working with confidential or sensitive information.
    • Results oriented – has track record for delivery results, takes ownership and is accountable.
    • Stretch oriented – embraces and thrives on challenge.
    • Continuous improvement oriented.
    • Customer Service oriented – high sense of urgency
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, including fluency with Excel Pivot Tables, macros and function formulas.
    • Strong managerial, planning, organization and project management skills.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.