Controller in Carlsbad, CA at Vaco

Date Posted: 12/23/2021

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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: One of 220 Best Places to Work in San Diego! Public pharmaceutical company that has been the leader in RNA-targeted therapy.

Job Description: Controller who will be responsible for the vision, leadership, development, and execution of the Accounting function. Reporting to the Chief Accounting Officer, the position's oversight includes accounting operations, systems and controls, and financial reporting.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for planning and directing all areas of accounting, both technical and transactional, including financial reporting, SEC reporting, technical accounting, operational accounting, procure to pay, risk management, internal controls, and financial systems
  • Lead the Company's financial close process, including preparation of financial statements and management reporting metrics and analysis. Continually evaluate opportunities to drive greater efficiencies and effectiveness in the monthly and quarterly accounting close process.
  • Provide oversight for the development and implementation of accounting policies and controls consistent with SEC, US GAAP and SOX compliance.
  • Participate/lead the drafting of the financial sections of the earnings releases and conference call scripts.
  • Prepare materials and present at Audit Committee meetings.
  • Manage relationships with functional departments heads across the organization, staying abreast of strategic needs that may drive changes to financial policies, tools, and risk management; and providing practical, savvy accounting expertise to others in the organization as we continue to evolve.
  • Collaborate with Financial Planning & Analysis on the preparation of financial reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Lead the Accounting team as a strong, positive leader; be a coach and advisor willing to work alongside the team and sharing process and technical expertise to continually evolve the organization's capabilities; manage the professional development of the team through ongoing growth opportunities and effective goal setting.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting
  • Advanced credentials such as MBA or CPA required
  • Minimum of 15+ years of progressively responsible accounting and financial reporting experience, with a strong background in driving departmental growth and improvement
  • Prior experience as a Controller is preferred
  • A combination of "Big Four" public accounting experience and public company experience is highly valued
  • Deep understanding of biotechnology, including commercial operations, is strongly preferred
  • Substantive experience in revenue accounting, technical accounting and financial close and reporting
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic organization requiring flexibility and commitment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • High degree of professionalism and strong ethical standard