New ABFO Open Job Posting - Manager, SEC Reporting - Atara Bio

The Manager of SEC Reporting, Technical Accounting and Compliance is responsible for all SEC financial reporting activities and technical accounting analysis. This individual will frequently interact with accounting staff, IT, legal, and other stakeholders across the organization as well as external SOX consultants and external auditors. This role requires critical thinking skills, effective organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a strong ability to build effective relationships across the Company. This position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to leverage a strong background in external reporting, technical accounting and Sox compliance with the intensity and dynamics of a rapidly growing biotechnology company.

Reports to:  Corporate Controller

Location:  South San Francisco, California, may consider Thousand Oaks, CA


  • Lead the preparation of Company’s SEC filings, including 10-Qs and 10-Ks, and ensuring appropriate XBRL tagging of related content in Active Disclosure.
  • Gather supporting data, tie outs and preparing information for review.
  • Create and maintain SEC calendar to inform parties of necessary deadline adherence for the following processes: financial close, BOD package, press release and 10-Q/K
  • Ensure financial statements are presented in accordance with GAAP guidelines.
  • Proactively identify accounting & disclosure issues, and perform related research and documentation of such issues in accounting whitepapers; propose suitable disclosures and benchmark against industry standards.
  • Maintain relationship and work closely with External Auditors, Business Owners and Senior Management to ensure communication of critical issues in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate/monitor/review the execution of audit procedures including those in support of management’s assessment of internal controls over financial reporting in according with the COSO Framework and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
  • Partner with SOX consultants in documentation of SOX Risk Assessment, Risk Matrix, Process Documents, Process Flow Charts, Testing Protocol, and Review Testing.
  • Participate in special projects and performs additional duties as required.

Education and Professional Qualifications:

  • Deep subject matter expertise in SEC reporting, technical accounting and US GAAP accounting standards
  • CPA required, with a BS or Masters in Accounting/Business Administration
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience, both for a Big 4 public accounting firm, followed by experience in SEC reporting, for a public company
  • Experience in preparing SEC financial filings for a public company, including use of an SEC filing platform, such as Active Disclosure (RRD)
  • Exceptional leadership and teamwork capabilities
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong personal drive for excellence and highly self-motivated
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills combined with experience working with outside consultants in a positive and collaborative fashion.
  • Enjoys being ‘hands-on’ and able to work in a co-located environment.
  • Able to work in an environment where sharing responsibility for success and the shortcomings of others on the team is critical to the overall success of the Company. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people in diverse and different settings.
  • Possesses a sense of urgency; identifies challenges and problems and takes the initiative to identify solutions.
  • Role model for Atara Biotherapeutics’ values.

Travel:  Ability to travel, up to 15% travel time.

Physical Requirements:

Subject to extended periods of sitting and standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office or clinical environment. Car and airplane (see above) travel is an essential part of the job.



Interested in this opportunity?

Please apply directly to this position via, or contact Chris Castin
Director, Talent Acquisition at


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