Ocera Therapeutics is always interested in meeting excellent candidates with experience relevant to any part of our organization. Our company offers a package of competitive compensation and benefits.

Palo Alto, CA

     We do not currently have any open positions at the Palo Alto site.

Research Triangle Park, NC

Research and Development Project Financial Analyst

     We are currently seeking a Research and Development Project Financial Analyst for our RTP office to support project team(s) to execute project plans for key drug development initiatives by providing process/project management and financial analysis expertise to meet corporate deliverables.

Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • In collaboration with Senior Director, Project Management, support project team(s) in developing and executing drug development project plan, budget and integrated timelines
  • Receive, review and process R&D invoices; track and reconcile expenses against budgets; resolve outstanding issues and act as point person for related inquiries, both internally and externally
  • Monitor project expenses against budgets for variances, milestone achievement, potential out of scope conditions; alert manager of findings
  • Support manager in tracking, confirming and resolving discrepancies in outsourced vendor expense activity, particularly contract research organizations
  • Interact with clinical operations team to track site and patient visit activity; prepare patient payment statements
  • Prepare required support documentation and collaborate with Finance team and department managers for monthly and quarterly financial closings
  • Develop and maintain tools (spreadsheets, reports, slides) for financial and project reporting as new needs arise
  • Support development project team; maintain project timelines, track project activities and deliverables, set agendas for project team meetings, facilitate meetings, and develop minutes
  • Anticipate, identify, and promptly resolve discrepancies in priorities, plans, and activities
  • Perform analytics to support vendor budget reviews and selection process
  • Support contract finalization efforts including final compilation, sign-offs and document control
  • Maintain electronic and paper files of final contracts/budgets; ensure Finance receives appropriation documentation
  • Serve as primary backup to manager to present project status and financial analysis findings to project team and/or senior management as needed
  • Participate in development of tools, processes and standards for project management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and audit support


  • BS degree, preferably in a related scientific field, finance or accounting
  • 5+ years experience in clinical research/drug development, 2-3 years experience in cross-functional project teams in biotech and/or pharma-related industry
  • Strong understanding of accrual accounting as it relates to drug development and clinical operations
  • Understanding of functional area roles, responsibilities and interdependencies of the drug development process 
  • Advanced competency working in MS Excel, both building and maintaining spreadsheets; proficiency with MS Word and PowerPoint; experience with MS Project
  • Demonstrated organizational and numeracy skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Self-starter, independent thinker and deadline driven; able to effectively operate independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to positively influence others towards the best interest of company and product goals while keeping the attainment of project milestones on track
  • Ability to adapt to a changing work environment is essential
  • Demonstrated high energy and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • A can-do attitude and an ability to demonstrate creativity, initiative and independence in resolving project issues towards program and business goals

Corporate Benefits

In keeping with Ocera's commitment to its employees, we currently offer a comprehensive and generous employee benefits package which includes medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability, flex-spending and 401(k) plans, along with paid holidays and a paid time off program.


Resumes may be submitted to: jobs@ocerainc.com