Job Opening: Accounting/San Diego

posted Oct 16, 2015, 9:38 PM by Eva Chiu

Controller/Director of Accounting Job Description


Responsible for managing all accounting operations including oversight and direction for monthly and quarterly financial statement preparation, internal and external financial reporting, compliance with accounting standards and regulatory requirements, determining appropriate application of accounting principles, internal controls and SOX compliance, and corporate tax compliance and planning.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct and indirect supervision and support to all direct reports and other staff in the following areas: general accounting, payroll, financial reporting and compliance and accounts payable.
  • Oversees monthly, quarterly, and year end close procedures including the consolidation of foreign subsidiaries.
  • Supervises the preparation of accurate and timely internal and external financial statements.
  • Oversees regulatory reporting and directs preparation of SEC filings including Form 10-Q, Form 10-K, 8-K, S-3, etc.
  • Plans, directs and coordinates accounting functions to ensure compliance with GAAP and SOX.
  • Oversees all financial audits of the company including external financial reporting, internal controls and compliance, federal and state tax reporting.
  • Assesses accounting operations, recommends improvements and implements new systems and processes.
  • Evaluates accounting and internal control systems and directs the development and implementation of financial policies.
  • Assesses, establishes and supervises tax planning and tax compliance activities with internal personnel and external advisors.
  • Monitors cash management and banking relationships.
  • Prepares materials and presents to the audit committee and/or Board of Directors.
  • Assists in financial due-diligence for merger and acquisition activities, corporate partnerships, licensing activities and other special projects like financial modeling and analysis.
  • Supports executive leadership on special projects as needed.
  • Supervises and develops staff.
  • Stays abreast of the latest regulatory and financial accounting reporting trends.
  • Works with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to achieve department, company and personal goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting; CPA required.
  • An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered.
  • Minimum 12 years in progressively responsible and relevant finance or accounting positions, preferably with commercial, public-company experience in the life science industry
  • Minimum 5 years in a senior level finance position and supervisory experience, with demonstrated success leading and mentoring a team.

Must possess:
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting and control principles including GAAP and other highly technical accounting skills in a public company
  • Motivation as a self-starter, ability to show initiative/independence and drive to make important business contributions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent judgment, gain results and be goal oriented.
  • Highly collaborative and perceptive, and shows prudent analysis in problem solving.
  • Demonstrated skill at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization.
  • Proficiency at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals.