Sage Therapeutics Associate Director, Business Systems (G&A) in Cambridge, Massachusetts


SAGE Therapeutics is searching for a creative, resourceful, integrative thinker for an important role that is responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining applications software and systems used to support the G&A functions. This includes the management of maintaining application operation, installing new systems, developing reports, supporting ancillary software, and maintaining system compliance, security, and performance. This position will serve as an interface with system users, and vendor contacts, and will monitor SOX Compliance procedures and reporting. This individual will partner with finance and the IT/IS team to align the business strategic, operational and tactical goals with IT/IS investment and solutions. They will understand the larger company wide IT/IS landscape in both front of office applications and back office infrastructure and solutions to provide the optimal service to those communities

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Drive project initiatives and functional enhancements

  • Act as a liaison between business users and internal, external technical team members

  • Identify process improvements and work with business partners effectively to implement system changes

  • Partners with assigned business units, Finance, HR, and Legal and other Departments to understand current systems and business processes, provide best practice guidance and to inform on latest features and functionality.

  • Monitors and controls the performance and status of corporate business applications used for accounting and financial operations, human resource information systems, and legal contract systems, including forecasting and analysis systems.

  • Utilizes software development, extraction, and analysis tools to aid users in reporting financial and human resource information and integrating financial and human resource systems with other business applications.

  • Act as liaison for outside vendors during installation, modification, and training, of application software.

  • Monitors software requirements, determines application utilization, and recommends upgrades/enhancements as needed.

  • Provides leadership in planning, design, implementation and support of business applications; insures interface with existing applications, network and operational server environments.

  • Establish and maintain compliance with various regulatory standards, including Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, and Dept. of Labor.

  • Must understand privacy regulations including, but not limited to HIPAA and GDPR.

  • Determines system operational objectives by studying business functions; gathering information; evaluating output requirements and formats.

  • Work with business to Identify systems requirements by analyzing business requirements; constructing workflow charts and diagrams; studying system capabilities; writing user requirements and specifications.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key stakeholders, good conflict management and negotiation skills, ability to analyze complex issues to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations. Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action; excellent analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way and to orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Finance or related technical field.

  • 7+ years’ experience in a commercial financial applications support/development environment.

  • 5+ years of implementation and support experience as a Business Analyst on Oracle Cloud Financials preferred

  • 5+ years functional expertise in General Ledger, Payables, Purchasing and OPM (Oracle Costing, Billing) or HCM Core, Benefits, Compensation, Performance, or Absence Management modules

  • Experience supporting any of the following Oracle Cloud Applications modules: General Ledger, Payables, Receivables, Purchasing, Project Costing and Billing, HCM Core, Benefits, Compensation, Performance, Absence Management

  • Demonstrate an understanding of SOX and other regulatory related system requirements.

  • Experience working in a biotech/pharma organization.

  • High degree of technical expertise and extensive knowledge of Oracle Cloud Solutions financial, human resource, legal, and general applications/systems.

  • High degree of expertise related to the selection, installation, and management of application software systems.

  • Basic application/web/database programming is a plus.

  • Experience working with all levels of management and consulting with key business stakeholders. An ability to influence for greater outcomes.

  • Strong team player that has a customer service approach and is solution oriented.

  • Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external partners and vendors.

  • Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun.

  • Excitement about the vision and mission of Sage

ID 2018-2242

# of Openings 1

Category Information Technology