Controller (Financial Reporting and Accounting) in San Diego, CA at Vaco

Date Posted: 6/1/2021

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Job Description

Title: Controller

Industry: Biotechnology (molecular AI Technology)

About the Company/Opportunity: This company is driving the discovery and development of small molecule drugs to treat patients suffering with severe and debilitation diseases.


  • Oversees and verifies the accuracy and timeliness of all finance reports, manages the day-to-day financial operations and month end/quarter-end reporting including payroll processing, accounts payable and fixed asset management ensuring financial statements are complete, accurate, and in compliance with U.S. GAAP requirements.
  • Facilitates periodic P&L reviews with key decision makers to uncover trends, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Manages annual audit with independent auditors.
  • Develops and prepares necessary financial information for regulatory requirements.
  • Partners with the CBO and other executive management team in preparing Board presentations.
  • Oversees comprehensive month end close to include reviewing and approving monthly financial statements and analysis of operating and balance sheet accounts.
  • Supervises outsourced accounting services for all general accounting functions.
  • Handles day-to-day cash management and oversight.
  • Ensures preparation and timely filing of annual and quarterly tax accounting with outside tax accountants; includes property tax, use tax, franchise tax, state and federal income tax returns, and manages other tax projects.
  • Performs technical accounting research related to new and proposed accounting standards and complex accounting transactions (license agreements, collaboration agreements, leases, vendor contracts, etc.).
  • Identifies, designs, and implements any changes to accounting policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field,
  • CPA required
  • 15+ years of progressive accounting and finance experience
  • Biotech company experience required
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of U.S. GAAP, accounting and financial reporting
  • Superior judgement and ability to demonstrate adaptability to individual needs while not compromising integrity and financial needs of the organization
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills

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 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.