Assistant Controller
Golden Gate Search Group
 Redwood City, CA
This is an exciting new opportunity for a proactive and hard-working Assistant Controller to join our fast-paced Finance team. As a key member of our Accounting and Finance team, you will be responsible for providing leadership in the accounting function including developing accounting policies and procedures and overseeing the financial statement close process in areas not limited to External Reporting, the General Ledger (GL), Accounts Payable, and Payroll, while ensuring accurate and effective processing and efficient execution. 

Key Duties & Accountabilities:

Responsible for driving the monthly and quarterly close process 

Analyze and provide commentary on the balance sheet and income statement variances 

Assist with the preparation of monthly and ad-hoc reporting for senior management 

Prepare and review reconciliations as part of the close process including preparation of R&D accruals 

Prepare SEC filings 

Act as a key point of contact for external auditors and assist with the preparation of workpapers in advance of audits 

Review, recommend, and implement best practices regarding accounting policies and procedures 

Collaborate with other finance team members to identify ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the day to day operations as well as the close process, and assist with the implementation of such recommendations 

Oversight of AP process, including, design, implementation, and maintenance of accounts payable reports and other GL reports to meet business needs 

Mentor and provide leadership to direct reports; staff accountant and senior accountant 

Perform other related duties and ad hoc projects as required by position 

Competencies Required:

Strong time management and organizational skills 

Proactive work ethic 

Ability and willingness to meet business critical deadlines 

Strong analytical, problem solving, and financial troubleshooting skills 

Good interpersonal skills, including ability to translate financial concepts to individuals at all levels, including finance and non-finance managers 

Knowledge: Education, Experience, & Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration 

CPA required 

10+ years of experience in Accounting 

Experience in biotech/pharma industry is preferred not required 

Strong understanding of U.S. GAAP 

Experience closing the books with a private or publicly traded company in the life sciences industry 

Excellent Microsoft Excel skills 

Experience with ERP systems