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Assistant Controller

Redwood City, CA 94065

Posted: 04/28/2023 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Financial Job Number: 370914

Job Description

Assistant Controller

ABOUT THE COMPANY:  Our client has developed an advanced genomic diagnostic technology that is used by research labs and educational institutions to measure/analyze proteins at scale. 

LOCATION: Redwood City, CA. 4 days/week in office.  COVID vaccination is mandatory.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Company is seeking to hire an experienced Assistant Controller, who will be responsible for overseeing the corporate accounting function, related SOX control activities, external audit process, system improvements and more. This role requires critical thinking skills, effective organizational and execution skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a strong ability to build effective relationships across the company. This individual interacts with all levels of management and third parties across financial and operational projects and initiatives. The ideal candidate is a licensed CPA with a mix of Big4 and industry experience. This position will be based in our Redwood Shores headquarters and report to the VP, Corporate Controller.

  • Lead, develop and mentor a rapidly evolving accounting team, including individuals responsible for GL accounting, international accounting, treasury, accounts payable, revenue, cost accounting, payroll administration, equity administration and others
  • Oversee transaction accounting, payroll processing, the close process, and other financial controls; assure accuracy, timeliness, and conformity with professional accounting standards and best practices in accordance with GAAP requirements
  • Maintain relationships and provide controllership oversight for the international subsidiaries and their local accountants
  • Maintain and develop internal control structure, including development and revision of accounting policies and procedures
  • Liaison and relationship manager with accounting firms and independent auditors for the respective areas
  • Manage SOX compliance for areas of responsibility by establishing, overseeing, and maintaining financial controls and operational processes that balance controls and risk management with flexibility inherent to staying nimble and fostering our entrepreneurial culture
  • Drive process improvement activities to accelerate and enhance the company close cycle and transactional processes
  • Participate in expansion/improvement program of our NetSuite ERP system and other systems being implemented in the finance department
  • Special projects and assignments as needed
  • Bachelor's degree with major coursework in business administration, finance, or accounting
  • 10 years of experience including a combination of public accounting, preferably Big 4, as well as industry accounting experience
  • Recent experience working at an SEC SOX compliant registrant required
  • Minimum 4 years experience leading managers and providing mentoring, coaching, and development to create high-performing teams
  • Proven track record of excellence and high performance
  • Extensive experience in the general ledger, monthly close process and financial reporting, and in-depth knowledge of US GAAP and SOX compliance
  • Strong technical accounting experience, including writing accounting memos and negotiating complex accounting issues with external auditors
  • Strong understanding of cost accounting preferably in a medical device manufacturing environment
  • Ability to proactively identify accounting issues and initiative to solve challenges
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • NetSuite or other large or mid-size ERP experience preferred
  • Technically savvy with systems and ability to improve processes and utilize technology to enhance productivity, reduce errors, and mitigate risks
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, proactively manage tasks and workloads while being flexible, able to adapt with short notice
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively across a diverse range of departments and levels, including executive management. Ability to maintain positive, professional relationships with personnel at all levels of the organization
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: $180,000-$240,000. The individual may also be eligible for discretionary bonuses. 

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