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  • Sector: Accounting & Finance
  • Function: Controller
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  • Expiry Date: 02 August 2021
  • Job Ref: Nelson_2159944_1627530170

Job Number: 2159944

Senior Director/Controller

South San Francisco

The Opportunity:

The Senior Director, Controller will be a leader of our growing Finance team. The role oversees the financial statement close process, external audit, internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, technical accounting, tax compliance, accounts payable, payroll and equity administration. The Controller will be responsible for management of the accounting department and the internal controls of a dynamic, growing company. The successful candidate will manage a high performing team and act as a key point person for the executive staff, board of directors and investors.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day activities of the accounting department, including the accounting close process, accounts payable, payroll and equity administration. Oversight of the accounting department also includes accurate preparation of financial accounting results and the evaluation, implementation and maintenance of financial software and systems
  • Oversees the technical accounting function which serves as the technical subject matter expert to include: developing, maintaining and enforcing accounting policies and procedures in accordance with US GAAP and other authoritative literature; leading analysis of the application of technical accounting standards to complex business issues and transactions and providing well-supported documentation of positions and conclusions; and overseeing SEC reporting guidelines
  • Keeps informed of current developments in the field of US GAAP standards, other authoritative standards, new legislation, professional trends, and technological advances within biopharmaceutical industry
  • Ensure the timely and accurate preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements (and related footnote disclosures) in accordance with US GAAP
  • Oversee the SEC reporting function which is responsible for the timely and accurate preparation of external financial reporting, including the drafting and finalization of Forms 10-Q, 10-K and other SEC filings as required, in compliance with SEC regulations and US GAAP disclosure requirements
  • Serve as primary contact for and manage external audit and tax service providers
  • Oversees the design of internal control program and leads team to implement and perform the appropriate control functions to allow for a strong control environment. This also includes execution and testing of controls to ensure overall compliance with SOX 404 requirements and management certifications
  • Manage treasury functions and cash flow management
  • Responsible for stock administration and recordkeeping
  • Oversee risk management to include business insurance renewals
  • Assist in the preparation of budgets and forecast
  • Oversee tax planning, compliance and filings, including corporate income tax, sales and use tax and VAT
  • Manage, mentor and develop a high performing team to include defining the strategic direction of the accounting organization in line with the Company vision
  • Other duties and projects as assigned to make this job a career building experience


  • BS/BA degree in accounting, with a CPA license and extensive background working in technical accounting for a publicly-traded company
  • At least 15 years of finance and accounting experience in a fast-paced, results-oriented, hands-on environment at a small to medium size company, preferably in the life sciences, medical technology or diagnostics industries
  • At least 5 years of management experience

Professional Requirements:

  • Experience preparing materials for and presenting to the Audit Committee for the Board of Directors
  • Ability to be visionary in building an experienced and high-performing team to properly support the growth of the Company.
  • Team-oriented with outstanding integrity, accuracy and organizational skills
  • Ability to proactively identify and solve problems
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate interaction with all levels of an organization and outside audiences as well as excellent listening skills and is open and responsive to new ideas
  • A positive, self-confident, decisive leader, with a track record in developing high performing teams, leveraging a collaborative, coaching approach in management style, and retaining talent
  • Computer skills: Functional experience with an ERP; proficiency in MS Office applications such as; Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Experience in project management and system implementation

Personal Characteristics:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Company values of Integrity, Commitment, Creativity, Teamwork, Accountability, and Fun

About Nelson:

If you're looking for a new opportunity, the recruiting and staffing experts at Nelson can help. We work with companies of all types and sizes across all industries. We help people like you find exciting roles with employers ranging from Fortune 100, government, and nonprofit organizations to local businesses, industry leaders, and the most agile start-ups. The candidates we work with appreciate our responsive approach, genuine relationships, and exceptional service. With a commitment to transparency, authenticity, and credibility, we look forward to our jobs every day, and we're excited to help you find the job you've been looking for. Nelson is an EEO Employer: Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Citizenship, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Ancestry, Veteran Status, Genetic Information, Service in the Uniformed Services or any other classification protected by law.