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Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

Alto Neuroscience

Alto Neuroscience

Accounting & Finance
Mountain View, CA, USA · California, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024


This role will be a key asset in planning the future growth of the company. This individual will help to establish the FP&A function and will spear-head Alto’s financial forecasting, annual budgeting process, operating plan variance analysis and special projects. S/he will provide financial consulting and strategic support to senior leadership including preparing board presentations, financial presentations, capital expenditure analysis, industry/peer group comparisons, new business opportunities, financial projections, and other projects requested by leadership. This function acts as the financial analytical engine of the company to provide insights and support ‘optimal’ business decision making. This position is envisioned as an individual contributor role. The position reports to the VP, Finance and Accounting and will work closely with the CFO.


  • Manage the annual budgeting, forecasting, and long-range financial planning processes.
  • Analyze current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, cost of sales, expenses, and capital expenditures.
  • Analyze financial data to identify trends, risks, and opportunities for growth. Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives.
  • Analyze complex financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision making purposes.
  • Lead the monthly and quarterly financial budget to actual reporting process, including variance analysis and management reporting.
  • Develop and maintain complex financial models to support decision-making across the organization. and work with Business Intelligence Tools and create Dashboard reports.
  • Monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variance.
  • Oversee and manage the continued development of Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Operating Plan and Modeling tools using NetSuite or other complex analytical and reporting tools.
  • Conduct Ad-Hoc Reporting and Analysis and utilize NetSuite for reporting and special projects.
  • Drive improvements in financial processes, systems, and reporting capabilities to enhance efficiency and accuracy.
  • Improve company and department performance by evaluating processes to drive efficiencies and understand ROI in clinical program spend.
  • Supporting Senior Management Team and leaders with in-depth analysis upon request.
  • Draft presentations for Board of Directors and Senior Management Team.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment of financial plans with strategic objectives.
  • Evaluate potential investments, mergers, and new initiatives to support growth strategies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; MBA preferred; CPA or CFA preferred
  • 4+ years’ experience as either a Manager or as a Senior Analyst with 2 years in a leadership role.
  • In-depth knowledge of accounting principles, financial statement analysis, and management reporting in a publicly traded company required.
  • Expert financial modeling and analytical skills.
  • Works independently using project management skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent Financial and Quantitative skills.
  • Strong collaborator and influencer.
  • Builds strong working relationships and has exceptional leadership skills.
  • Learns quickly and has strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills. Access and ERP skills desirable; experience with other financial software tools a plus. NetSuite strongly preferred.
  • Highest standards of accuracy and precision; highly organized.
  • Articulate with excellent verbal. written and presentation skills
  • Ability to think creatively, highly self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work with team members in a hands-on management capacity
  • Strong attention to detail, problem-solving abilities, and a results-driven mindset
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Self-motivated and curious with a strong desire for continuous learning
  • Strong business acumen


  • Ethics and Dependability: Develops effective working relationships with peers, manager, direct reports, senior management, and board of directors. Follows instructions to achieve established goals, takes responsibility for own actions all while treating people with respect, consideration and upholding organizational values.
  • Results: Place a top priority on achieving desired results by conveying a sense of urgency, overcoming barriers, maintaining a high level of productivity, and monitoring progress while staying within time and budget requirements. The ability to focus on the desired result of one’s own or team members work, setting challenging goals, focusing effort on the goals, and meeting or exceeding them.
  • Accountability: Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it. Takes personal ownership in the company's success and accepts full responsibility for oneself and contribution as a team member. Consistently delivers on commitments and meets commitments to others.
  • Collaboration: The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Supports and helps other employees in their work to contribute to the overall success of the company.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrates comprehension of skills, processes, and procedures in order to effectively complete assigned responsibilities. Develops alternate solutions to challenges and utilizes resources to aid in problem-solving. Exhibits solutions-oriented attitude, with ability to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events as they arise.
  • Leadership: Gains the confidence and trust of others by fulfilling commitments, accepting responsibility, and expressing views openly. Provides direction and support which is in alignment with corporate goals. Ensures appropriate cross-functional collaboration.


  • Required to sit for prolonged periods of time
  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet
  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 50 pounds

Alto Neuroscience, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.