Sr. Financial Analyst - G&A in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 10/1/2019

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Job ID: CEP004454

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 Senior Financial Analyst is a key member of the Corporate Finance team, reporting to the Senior Corporate FP&A Manager. This position will act as direct business partner with G&A leaders and is responsible for development of accurate headcount, expense and capital budgets/forecasts, timely corporate submissions, month-end FP&A close activities, and management reporting.

Additionally, the role partners with the leadership teams in Finance, HR, IT, Legal, and Facilities in supporting sound business decision making by providing insightful financial analysis and accurate forecasting explaining the business results.

A strong team player, the owner of this role brings business acumen, analytical power and a results-oriented mentality. High sense of integrity, good communication skills, great attention to detail and a proven ability to work with senior leaders are essential qualities for a successful candidate.


• Evaluate results to plan, drive variance analysis and provide partnership to G&A business leaders in Finance, HR, IT, Legal, and Facilities to execute on plan; analyze historical, current, and projected financial data for use in planning, forecasting, and management decision making.
• Perform in-depth financial & operational analysis and quarterly/annual forecast modeling, including operating expenses, headcount and capital, to accelerate future business planning decisions.
• Establish a regular cadence with business partners to review monthly actuals, analyze forecast variance, identify trends and provide recommendations to drive forecast execution and accuracy.
• Actively participate in cross-functional projects designed to solve business problems and improve profitability.
• Prepare, analyze and distribute functional and internal management reports, including financials P&L and operating review package.
• Responsible for month-end, quarter-end and year-end FP&A close activities, including preparation of journal entries, and forecast activities related to Headcount, capital, facilities and operating expenses.
• Understand standard accounting principles and policy and interact with global accounting and financial partners to maintain proper financial processes, procedures and controls.
• Conduct ad-hoc planning and analysis to support the G&A departments and senior management.

Job Requirements



Education and Experience (in years):

• B.S degree in finance, accounting, economics or equivalent
• 3-5 years of financial planning and analysis experience
• Goal/results-oriented team player with demonstrated success working effectively across different departments.
• Strong communication and partnership skills with ability to build and convey business insight
• Result-oriented, energetic, dynamic individual with hands on mentality
• High attention to detail and the ability to communicate at an executive level
• Self-starter able to prioritize given responsibilities
• Understanding of accounting processes, procedure and internal controls
• Advanced user in MS Excel
• Experience in SAP/BPC preferred

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

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, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.