New ABFO Open Job Postinsg - Chief Financial Officer - Protagonist Therpaeutics


Chief Financial Officer must possess strong business acumen in the bio-pharmaceutical space in the US and a strong financial background. This position is directly responsible for financial operations, revenue accounting, decision supporting, negotiations, risk management and controls. This position is responsible for the leadership of all finance employees and will direct the fiscal functions of the organization to ensure financial efficiency, strong internal controls, effective capitalization, and cost-effective management of resources. The CFO will be an innovative thinker and bring high-level insight and perspective to the analysis and interpretation of the financial results and make appropriate recommendations to leadership.


Financial Reporting

  • Determine and document the Company’s position on technical matters
  • Drive continuous improvement of financial reporting, risk management and tax to scale with the Company’s growth
  • Partner and manage key relationships including the Audit Committee, auditors, various other key vendors and Executive Committee members.

Forecasting and Planning

  • Serve as business partner to Executive Committee members; help drive and prioritize achievement of budget targets
  • Deliver to executive management and Board of Directors detailed, effective and timely analyses of budgets and projects under evaluation and long-range forecasts
  • Review contracts to ensure financial terms
  • Build strong cross-functional relationships with key management in order to incorporate their input into models and plans
  • Assist with business modeling for anticipated transactions and alternative financing scenarios
  • Responsible for preparing materials for the Board of Directors, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee
  • Oversee implementation of revenue recognition policies


  • Prepare support and documentation for the tax provision
  • Review the tax provision and tax returns ensuring compliance with internal controls
  • Review cost-sharing agreements
  • Strategic planning of legal entity structure
  • Work closely with legal on compliance requirements, including board meetings, signature authority, appropriate documentation, and other statutory requirements

Treasury / Risk Management / Governance/IR

  • Partner with external cash managers to manage the company’s investments and ensure compliance with the company’s investment policy
  • Ensure that the companies’ insurance requirements are adequate to meet the current and forecasted growth of the company
  • Well versed in various forms of financing including venture debt structures, financial aspects of non-dilutive financings including strategic pharma partnerships 

Compliance and Controls

  • Analyze all significant Company contracts to ensure they are accounted for in compliance with GAAP requirements
  • Ensure consistency of the application of all financial policies, and standard procedures, processes, tools and systems


  • Lead a high performing team including Controller, Sr. Director Financial Reporting and Director/Sr. Director FP&A
  • Build and contribute to a great team culture
  • Business decision support on ad hoc investments and other business cases


  • BS/BA in Business and a CPA/MBA preferred
  • 15+ years of progressive growth in financial roles in biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies
  • Leadership role in small, publicly traded pre- commercial-stage companies
  • Highly detail-oriented and technically proficient
  • Excellent judgment and ability to see problems and develop solutions
  • Action oriented personality who tackles issues when they first arise
  • Experience managing direct reports and providing leadership when establishing focus, work plans, coaching and development
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly visible and dynamic environment is critical; able to work effectively with ambiguity and incomplete information
  • Ability to work effectively with a lean team
  • Superior communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation)
  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Ability to influence and lead across functions

About Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.

Protagonist Therapeutics  is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that utilizes a proprietary technology platform to discover and develop novel peptide-based drugs to transform existing treatment paradigms for patients with significant unmet medical needs. PTG-200 is an oral peptide interleukin-23 receptor antagonist in development for the treatment of Crohn's disease, and it has completed Phase 1 studies in healthy volunteers. The company has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech for the clinical development of PTG-200. PN-10943 is an oral, gut-restricted alpha-4-beta-7 integrin antagonist peptide that is under development for treatment of ulcerative colitis. Protagonist is also developing an injectable hepcidin mimetic, PTG-300, for the potential treatment of anemia and iron overload related to rare blood diseases with an initial focus on beta-thalassemia.

Protagonist is headquartered in Newark, California, with pre-clinical and clinical staff in California and discovery operations in both California and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. For further information, please visit  



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