New ABFO OPen Job Posting - Director, Finance and Controller - Cytokinetics, Inc.
Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators as potential treatments for people with debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle biology research, we’re developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility. We take a purpose-driven approach by leveraging our unique muscle biology expertise to engineer compounds with specific characteristics aimed at treating diseases that impact muscle function, like heart failure, ALS and SMA.

We view our employees as the unequivocal ingredients to success. Each and every employee is an integral member of the Cytokinetics team, contributing to our shared goal of improving lives. While expectations of our employees are high, there is an equal commitment to ensuring that contributions are recognized and rewarded. We seek exceptional individuals to join us in our mission to develop the next generation of novel small molecule drugs specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility.

Primary Responsibilities:
The Director, Finance and Controller oversees our functional accounting close, internal and external reporting, internal controls, coordination of the audit and audit-related activities, treasury and tax compliance and reporting. The Director, Finance and Controller designs and implements financial policies and procedures related to business processes, risk management and internal controls. As lead liaison for auditors for annual audit, quarterly reviews and Sarbanes-Oxley reporting, the Director, Finance and Controller ensures effective coordination with Accounting, SEC reporting, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis to deliver high quality and timely information. As Cytokinetics expands for commercial activity, the Director, Finance and Controller will coordinate on a worldwide basis all controllership activities. The Director, Finance and Controller reports to the Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer.


  • Direct accounting close and reporting
  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of information for SEC and other reporting
  • Working with IT and other functional areas, lead financial and enterprise resource planning systems to design and implement worldwide integrated biopharmaceutical operations
  • Coordinate and assure functional budgets
  • Establish and maintain financial policies and procedures
  • Lead Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Lead liaison with external audit firms, including diligence and comfort processes.
  • Manage tax returns and tax provision with external tax advisors
  • Review, research, and document the accounting implications of major transactions, including coordination with functional area leads and legal to review and approve major corporate contracts
  • Provide accounting and business expertise to corporate development transactions and collaboration agreements
  • Assess the financial implications of new accounting pronouncements
  • Support cross-functional functional and project teams
  • Manage equity, cash management and other treasury activities


  • Expertise in the areas of controllership, corporate accounting, controls, SEC and tax – significant prior public company experience is a must
  • BS/MBA in accounting and CPA
  • 10+ years of related experience and demonstrated leadership in Finance
  • Knowledge and understanding of the biotechnology industry, including experience in functional and project-based budgeting and forecasting in a late-stage or commercial enterprise
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in staff development
  • Experience with enterprise resource system design and implementation
  • A strong desire to collaborate on a cross-functional basis to ensure achievement of our corporate goals and objectives

Our passion is anchored in rigorous and diligent scientific and clinical approaches to the discovery and development of novel mechanism therapeutics. With gratitude for the commitments and convictions of our employees who are inspired by the courage of patients we aim to serve, we believe Cytokinetics will continue to be a pioneering, values-driven, sustainable, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company.

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Cytokinetics is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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