Chief Financial Officer

Owkin is hiring!


Efficient Data. Effective Medicine

OWKIN uses AI and machine learning to augment medical and biology research. Its proprietary platform, Owkin Socrates, uses machine learning technology to integrate biomedical images, genomics and clinical data to discover biomarkers and mechanisms associated with diseases and treatment outcomes. The company develops scientific collaborations with top-tier medical institutions and partners with leading pharmaceutical companies. Owkin has developed a state-of-the-art federated learning technology in healthcare to overcome the sharing problems associated with medical data, building collective intelligence from distributed data at scale while preserving privacy and security.

Our data scientists are among the best in the world, with several Kaggle Masters, DREAM Challenge top performers, and publications in ICML, NIPS and other top scientific journals. OWKIN is proud of its unique physician-scientist team trained in Weill Cornell and Paris University as well as pharma and CRO senior directors from Novartis, Roche, and Parexel.. Owkin is backed by renowned investors — such as Google Ventures and F-Prime — as well as a distinguished scientific board chaired by Bruno Strigini, former CEO of Novartis Oncology. To build this vision, Owkin is growing rapidly, with offices located in the USA, France, and UK.

Job Description

Owkin is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to join our fast-growing and dynamic Artificial Intelligence and Medical company. Our close-knit team of data scientists, doctors, pharma industry experts and engineers offers high-growth potential for the right candidate. The role will allow for flexible work arrangements with travel to our headquarters in New York and Paris. This is an exciting opportunity to be the lead on developing our next level AI and medicine technologies to change drug development and improve patients’ outcomes at scale.

Overview and scope:

The Chief Financial Officer position is accountable for all the global financial management operations of the company; to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics, risk strategy, and development of control systems designed to report accurate financial results.

The CFO should be commercially focused and able to advice on and participate in complex commercial negotiations with prospective clients, suppliers and partners.

The CFO will manage investor relations, fundraising and financial strategy. The CFO should be a big-picture, long-term thinker, outspoken, collaborative and have a strong commitment to team building and be excited about the advancement of science.

The position will be located at our NYC or Paris headquarters. Candidates not meeting every criteria, but who can demonstrate exceptional skill in key areas, are invited to apply.

Essential Job Functions

  • Be a strong contributor to our series B fund raise in next 12-18 months
  • Assist in formulating the company's future direction and supporting tactics
  • Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans
  • In conjunction with other senior team members assist in developing pricing model and resource allocation models to ensure maximum contribution and efficiency
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Manage the capital request and budgeting processes
  • Working with heads of departments in formulating and implementing budgets for individual departments and on the group level
  • Cost control and optimization
  • Develop performance measures that support the company's strategic direction
  • Leadership of the Finance and Accountancy Team by supervising all financial personnel
  • Oversee the setup and delivery of the Owkin finance systems as the company grows and evolves including developing internal policies and procedures to ensure accuracy and efficiency
  • Deliver financial control: Be this scorekeeper, making sure the business is aware of performance against key metrics.
  • Ensure that all regulatory and compliance requirements are accurately delivered within specified deadlines
  • Provide financial leadership in vendor negotiations, can lead on vendor cash management.
  • Treasury management: Risk management of liabilities, cash and liquidity risks
  • Overseeing internal and external audit processes

Preferred Experience

About you

You are hands-on, experienced, proactive, independent and creative. You display professionalism and integrity in all your work. A good sense of humor and friendliness is preferred. It is essential you have experience with startups, tech or biotech companies. This is an opportunity to join a fast-growing, well-funded company with real potential to make an impact on the lives of patients.


  • 8+ years in a finance role with strategic responsibilities
  • 3+ years at a technology startup, or high growth company
  • BA/BS required, MA, CPA or MBA preferred

Skill set:

  • Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development
  • Previous B or C round fundraising for a company
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict
  • Knowledge of investing and venture capital rounds, corporate and hedge funds
  • Excellent ability to seek out and interpret data to drive decision making
  • Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and effective international telecommuter
  • Attention to details
  • Evidence of leadership, creativity, integrity, initiative, and problem solving
  • Evidence of the ability to plan and implement
  • Strong financial modeling skills
  • French while not required is preferred

Recruitment Process

In addition to a competitive salary , we are known for our friendly and informal working environment. We also offer excellent opportunities for equity, travel and personal development.

OWKIN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status or on the basis of disability.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Start Date: 01 July 2019
  • Location: Paris, France (75010)
  • Education Level: Master's Degree
  • Experience: > 7 years
  • Telecommuting Possible