Finance / San Mateo / Intermediate / Full-time


Company Profile

We are Rakuten Medical, Inc., a privately funded, clinical stage, global Biopharmaceutical Company with locations in San Mateo, CA (Corporate Headquarters) and San Diego, CA (R&D Science Park), and regional offices in Japan, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and Germany.

Our mission is to offer new, safe, and effective cancer treatment options that could transform and improve the lives of patients. Rakuten Medical was created out of passion, ambition, and the motivating strength to take on the battle against a disease that affects millions across the world – cancer. Rakuten Medical embraces a culture of compassion. We abide by our promise to develop effective, safe and innovative therapies for patients as soon as scientifically possible, without delay, to extend and improve cancer treatment worldwide. Our slogan is “CONQUERING Cancer. For LIFE”. 

We are supported by investors that have the commitment to build a fully integrated R&D and commercial biopharmaceutical company to innovate, develop, and commercialize cutting edge cancer therapies.
Currently are developing therapies based on a novel proprietary technology platform that utilizes antibodies conjugated with payloads that are specifically activated at the tumor site. Our first clinical product is in Phase 3 pivotal clinical testing to treat terminal cancer patients. This is a first-in-class product with unique pharmacological activity and with the potential to have a broad impact in cancer. Given the rapid progression of the clinical studies we are quickly growing our teams to build and enhance in-house expertise with the intent to expand our R&D operations, clinical programs and prepare for the commercialization of our products.

Position Summary

The Director of Accounting will serve as an integral part of the management team and will report directly to the VP Finance. The Director will be responsible for the general and transactional accounting activities for the US entity and the international subsidiaries, inclusive of the general ledger, accounts payable, expense reimbursement, credit card program, capitalized assets, liability recognition, and the related internal controls associated with the accounting activities. The Director will also be responsible for the accounting related to the company’s pivotal global phase 3 clinical trial. The Director will oversee the company’s internal and external financial reporting. The Director will directly manage the Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Accounting/AP Manager and Tax Manager (to be added within FY2019). There are also two AP Specialists that report to the Accounting Manager.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the trial balance of U.S. companies and the international subsidiaries.
  • Ensure accuracy of balances recorded in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
  • Team with Accounting Managers to ensure overall success and stay ahead of issues.
  • Provide oversight for the quality and accuracy of financial information for both internal management financial reporting and external financial reporting. All internal and external financial reporting are prepared by the Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting.
  • Lead efforts to maximize the proper utilization of the Company’s various accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Responsible for ensuring Company policies relating to its accounting, transactional processing, and financial reporting are strictly followed. Develop further policies and/or enhance current policies.
  • Implement process improvements to the general accounting functions to drive operational efficiencies while maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the underlying accounting records.
  • Responsible for the management of all the payments to the CRO and clinical sites in accordance with the terms in the CRO contract and the clinical site budgets.
  • Lead the Accounts Payable group, which includes ensuring appropriate steps are taken for timely disbursements and accurate recording in the general ledger.
  • Direct the administration of the Company’s expense reimbursement system, SAP Concur. Ensure the expense reimbursement system and compliance with the Company’s expense reimbursement practices are strictly followed.
  • Lead implementations and ensure proper management associated with the Company’s credit card program.
  • Lead the accounting team in the recognition of capitalized assets, including fixed assets, intangible assets, and various prepaid and other assets. Ensure compliance with applicable U.S. GAAP. For fixed assets, ensure appropriate recognition, classification, and safeguarding of assets.
  • Ensure the accuracy and adequacy of the various liabilities recognized within the U.S. business, including accounts payable and accrued expenses, accrued compensation and related expenses, and other liabilities.
  • Act as a key leader in the integration process for the Company. Provide guidance and instruction for various subsidiary locations. Perform integration assessments, and ability to consolidate accounting activities with the Corporate Finance team as appropriate.
  • Ensure the Company maintains its robust internal control environment relative to the U.S. business and overall consolidation. Act as a key process owner on internal controls and business processes. Recommend control changes and enhancements as needed.
  • Provide oversight to the Manger, Accounting & Financial Reporting who will be managing the company’s inception-to-date audit in 2019.
  • Ensure team members stay up-to-date on applicable technical accounting pronouncements. Be a leading resource for the team. Provide oversight for the resolution of technical accounting issues. 


Desired Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Accounting with CPA certification
  • 3+ years experience in public accounting.
  • 10+ years overall accounting experience in roles with increasing responsibility, in the life sciences industry being directly responsible for the payment and accruals related to clinical trials.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional self-management ability.
  • Process improvement mindset.

We are proud to offer a competitive compensation plan with an excellent benefits package including flexible time off, stock options, 401k, medical, dental, vision plans and more.
Rakuten Medical Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. 



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