Accounting Manager in San Diego, CA at Vaco

Date Posted: 5/4/2021

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Job Description

Title: Accounting Manager

Industry: Biotech

About Vaco: Vaco provides expert consulting, permanent placement, executive search, and strategic staffing for companies around the world, in the areas of accounting, finance, operations, administration and more. As a premier talent solutions firm, Vaco connects people to their dream jobs and helps leading companies find talent to grow their business.

About the Company/Opportunity: Public clinical stage biopharma


  • Responsible for monthly/quarterly closing processes for R&D contracts, clinical trials, prepaids, investments, debt and other assets and liabilities, including preparing or reviewing journal entries and reconciliations.
  • Lead monthly meetings with project managers to obtain and review accrual information for financial close.
  • Prepare monthly balance sheet reconciliations for various prepaid, R&D and clinical accruals.
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliations and associated journal entries for various accounts.
  • Prepare monthly trial balances and assist with monthly and quarterly variance analyses.
  • Support financial and SOX reviews and audits - gather information and prepare schedules as needed.
  • Perform accounts payable invoice review and backup for accounts payable functions.
  • Ensure accuracy and compliance with GAAP, SOX and company policies and procedures.
  • Assist with implementations of accounting systems
  • Perform other duties and ad hoc projects, as assigned, to support the Finance department.


  • BA/BS in Accounting or related discipline, plus a minimum of 5 years of accounting experience.
  • Certification in accounting is preferred.
  • Experience working in publicly traded company
  • Biotech not required but preferred (especially if the candidate does not have public accounting)
  • Knowledge of US GAAP and internal control principles for a public corporation
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to understand the broader picture and priorities.
  • Must be a dedicated self-starter with a high energy level and able to achieve results.
  • Must have strong communication and leadership skills-the ability to influence and work successfully with colleagues.

About your Recruiter: My name is Linnea Westman, and I am a Finance and Accounting Recruiter at Vaco. Before joining Vaco I worked as an auditor at EY. I'm tremendously grateful for my experience in public accounting as it has helped me understand my candidate's skillset and clients' needs better, which in turn has allowed me to successfully help accounting and finance professionals in their transition from one job to another. I am here to listen to you, understand what you are looking for in your next role, and advise on the San Diego job market.

If the role listed above is not the perfect fit for you, I still welcome you to apply if you have a bachelor's degree in finance or accounting, or similar. Public accounting, CPA and larger public company experience is always a plus for our clients as well.

Looking forward to speaking with you.