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Sr. Accountant

Newark, CA 94560

Posted: 07/11/2022 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Financial Job Number: 361327

Job Description

Senior Accountant           

COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Our client is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that utilizes a proprietary technology platform to discover and develop novel peptide-based therapeutics to address significant unmet medical needs and transform existing treatment paradigms for patients. The Company currently has three clinical-stage assets.

LOCATION: Newark, CA. The team is working 3-4 days in the office. 


Position Summary: 

The Sr. Accountant will report to the Sr. Manager of Accounting and play an active role in supporting the financial close process, clinical trial accounting and internal & external audit requests. This is a highly visible role that works directly with employees at all levels of the Company as well as external consultants and auditors and will be a key contributor to the accounting department’s success.


Actively participate in the monthly, quarterly, and year-end close activities.
  • Collaborate with the Clinical & CMC Departments and other cross functional departments to ensure accuracy and completeness of clinical accrual. Including, reviewing and analyze clinical/CMC contracts and change orders, vendor financial reports and invoices, compare and reconcile data to purchase orders, budgets, work orders, to prepare the clinical/CMC accrual journal entries.
  • Prepare account reconciliations, roll forward schedules, flux analysis and other ad hoc schedules for other assigned accounts.
  • Participate and assist in our ongoing SOX compliance and internal control requirements.
  • Assist with audit requests including supporting the PBC schedules for the quarterly reviews and year-end audit.
  • Responsible for various federal and state tax filings including Delaware franchise tax, California sales and use tax and property tax filings.
  • Assist with special ad-hoc projects, research, and supplemental reporting as needed.
  • Assist with systems and process enhancements including optimizing the capabilities of various financial systems.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting or related field required.
  • Minimum 3+ years of progressive general accounting experience in a public company or in an auditing firm.
  • Experience working in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry a plus.
  • Solid understanding of US GAAP.
  • Proven ability to work with and communicate effectively across all levels across the organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all departments, management levels within the company and external stakeholders.
  • Must be capable of operating in a fast-paced environment, able to handle pressure well, be self-motivated and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent Excel spreadsheet skills and proficiency with Word and PowerPoint required and NetSuite accounting software experience a plus.
  • Ability to proactively identify and solve problems
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and quantitative skills
  • Attention to detail and highly organized

Determining compensation for this role (and others) at Vaco depends upon a wide array of factors including but not limited to the individual’s skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, office location and other geographic considerations, as well as other business and organizational needs. With that said, as required by local law, Vaco believes that the following salary range reasonably estimates the base compensation for an individual hired into this position in geographies that require salary range disclosure: $85,000-$140,000. The individual may also be eligible for discretionary bonuses. 
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