Finance|South San Francisco|Full Time

Allogene Therapeutics, with headquarters in South San Francisco, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell (AlloCAR Tâ„¢) therapies for cancer. Led by a world-class management team with significant experience in cell therapy, Allogene is developing a pipeline of “off-the-shelf” CAR T cell therapy candidates with the goal of delivering readily available cell therapy on-demand, more reliably, and at greater scale to more patients. For more information, please visit, and follow @AllogeneTx on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Position:  Associate Director, Accounting

Location: South San Francisco, CA

Allogene is seeking an Associate Director, Accounting to be responsible for the general and transactional accounting activities, the financial close process, accounting operations areas, and the related internal controls associated with the accounting activities. The ideal candidate will have extensive operational experience in SOX 404(b) environment, leading and motivating experienced and junior staff, project management, and collaboration with diverse stakeholders. This position reports directly to the VP Controller.   

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Hands-on ownership of accounting close activities to ensure that all recorded transactions (including journal entries), and all GL accounts are properly reconciled (and identified reconciling items are resolved in a timely basis)
  • Work closely with Treasurer in treasury accounting and reconciliation, including overseeing operation banking reconciliation
  • Lead the team in the recognition of capitalized assets, including fixed assets and various non-clinical prepaid and other assets
  • For fixed assets, ensure appropriate recognition, classification, and safeguarding of assets
  • Ensure the accuracy and adequacy of various non-clinical liabilities, including accounts payable and accrued expenses, accrued compensation and related expenses, and other liabilities
  • Oversee outsourced payroll activities and ensure timely and accurate payroll processing and reconciliation
  • Able to identify, optimize and automate accounting processes and drive efficient and streamlined close process
  • Primary owner of understanding GL impact from third-party providers, modules and bolt-on application interfaces with ERP
  • Support SEC filings (10Q, 10K, 8-K, Proxy) and assist with disclosures as needed
  • Design SOX controls as needed and perform SOX controls as assigned
  • Work with Business Systems on system design, implementation, and enhancement
  • Support budgeting and forecasting process as needed
  • Ad hoc analysis and projects as needed
  • Recruit, manage and develop a high-performing general accounting team
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field and CPA required with at least 8 years of experience with at least 3 years of experience in auditing (preferably in a Big 4 accounting firm)
  • Ability to grow, manage and develop a diverse accounting team in a dynamic environment
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite tools and ERP systems
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to prioritize effectively to deliver results within aggressive timelines with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

As an equal opportunity employer, Allogene Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact the careers email at for assistance.


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