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Assistant Controller - Biotech

Assistant Controller - Biotech

Our client is a publicly traded clinical-stage bio-pharmaceutical company and seeks to hire an Assistant Controller. In this newly created position, the Assistant Controller will support the Senior Director, Corporate Controller in overseeing all areas of general accounting including the month-end close, accounts payable and payroll processes. The successful candidate must have public company experience running a quarter-end close process to meet filing deadlines and be familiar with implementing and ensuring compliance with SOX controls.


  • Oversee the monthly and quarterly close process, ensuring adherence to deadlines.
  • Prepare & review monthly journal entries & reconciliations ensuring appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Assist with preparation of monthly R&D accruals.
  • Assist with preparation of supporting schedules for SEC filings (10-Qs, 10-Ks, Proxy).
  • Point of contact for external quarterly reviews and audit process.
  • Review payroll processing (semi-monthly) and W-2 reporting requirements.
  • Manage 3rd party payroll provider vendor relationship with ADP.
  • Oversee accounts payable operations ensuring appropriate processes are in place.
  • Manage 3rd party expense report software vendor relationship with Concur.
  • Develop standards, policies and SOPs in support of key business processes.
  • Develops, maintains and ensures ongoing compliance with accounting policies and procedures and internal control documentation.
  • Assist with the completion of tax related filings and projects.
  • Drive internal process improvements and continually identify opportunities for automation to maximize system capabilities.
  • Provide accounting support for special projects and ad-hoc reporting and analysis as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business.
  • 5+ years of combined public accounting and public biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry accounting experience.
  • Big 4 public accounting firm experience preferred; CPA required
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls, and managing a quarter-end close & public company reporting process preferred.
  • Life science industry experience, particularly experience with accounting for collaborations and clinical accruals preferred.
  • Experience working with mid-size to large ERP systems preferred.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high-growth environment.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Willingness to adjust schedule during peak periods

Contact Joe Hyde, Partner, Kingston Dwight