New ABFO Member Company Open Financxial Posting, Sr. VP, Accounting, Coherus BioSciences



Directly reporting to the Chief Financial Officer of Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Company” or “Coherus”), The SVP of Accounting is responsible for leadership, development and execution of the Company’s accounting function, including controllership, financial operations, systems and controls, transactional reporting, accounting and approval policies, and financial reporting. Additionally, the SVP will partner with non-finance executives and key stakeholders to engage and gather information on Company initiatives and activities. Of critical importance will be this leader's ability to establish credible working relationships with the Company's executive leadership team, functional leaders throughout the Company, internal auditors, independent auditors and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors in conjunction with the CFO.

Principle Responsibilities and Duties:

The SVP of Accounting will be a proven executive with experience leading a high-performing accounting organization, ideally in a high growth biotech company. The successful candidate will bring both strategic vision and best-practices to guide the accounting organization, coupled with a hands-on and tactical approach to enable effective implementation. The SVP of Accounting will demonstrate strong business judgment applied to routine and complex financial and accounting issues, and a healthy dose of professional curiosity when addressing business and accounting scenarios. The successful candidate must possess unquestionable character and absolute integrity and be able to lead through times of transformation and change.

Note:  The following is meant to be representative but not necessarily all inclusive of the duties and responsibilities for this position title:

  • Provide accounting and business leadership in support of the Company's plan to drive shareholder return and longer-term strategic goals.
  • Manage all areas of accounting, including SEC reporting, inventory and revenue accounting, technical accounting, internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and financial systems.
  • Evaluate current accounting practices and policies to ensure practices and financial reporting are continuously improving, to meet current and future requirements.
  • Supervises transactional accounting (i.e., consolidation of general ledgers and entries to general ledgers),
  • Lead the Company's quarterly financial close process, including preparation of financial statements and management reporting metrics and analysis. Continually evaluate opportunities to drive greater efficiencies and effectiveness in the monthly and quarterly accounting close process while ensuring a balanced workload within the organization.
  • Ensure compliance with all SEC regulations and US GAAP rules, in addition to federal, state and local rules, regulations and laws. Collaborate closely with the legal team in regard to the Company's governance processes, including leading the disclosure committee process.
  • Ensure integrity of accounting and financial reporting, including appropriate information systems to maintain disciplined financial planning and control systems to accurately report performance; regularly assessing the need to thoughtfully scale the systems and financial controls in support of future growth for the Company.
  • Collaborate closely with internal audit, information technology, tax, treasury, legal and other functions to ensure proper internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure.
  • Partner with other business and finance functions to provide real-time accounting interpretations and actionable insights to help guide key business decisions.
  • Lead and/or participate in strategic initiatives of the Company involving accounting, financial reporting, tax planning compliance, including providing updates to audit committee.
  • Continue to instill a performance culture resulting in meaningful process changes or improvements to increase efficiency and effectiveness, as well as meeting the needs of a high growth business.
  • Work with both internal and external auditors during audits.
  • Lead an experienced finance team, serving as a strong, positive leader; be a coach and advisor willing to roll up your sleeves to work alongside the team and sharing process and technical expertise to continually evolve the organization's capabilities.
  • These responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional responsibilities.

Experience, Education, Training, Traits:

  • BS/BA in a business finance or accounting.  MBA with a concentration in finance or accounting, or CPA is preferred. 
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a senior-level finance or accounting position is required. 
  • Experience with financial and corporate transactions is required.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, commercial-stage life sciences company highly desirable.
  • Flexibility and ability to quickly adapt to changes resulting from a dynamic and growing business environment. Ability to quickly grasp and embrace new business and transactional processes and procedures, work rapidly and accurately under pressure
  • Computer literate, experienced user of Excel, Word, Outlook. Experience with ERP systems is highly preferred. 
  • Ability to travel, on a limited basis, overnight and weekends.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • History of successfully seeing around corners in dynamic and complex industries, and demonstrated ability to navigate successfully through the new, the different, the unplanned -- through a combination of being a quick study and applying personal wisdom and experience.
  • Proactively providing early insight and driving engagement and stewardship and ensuring that the implications of business decisions to the accounting organization, systems, and processes are well-understood and addressed.
  • Understanding key operational business drivers and possessing broad knowledge across a range of finance and accounting functions to serve as a respected partner to Senior Management, Legal, Tax, Treasury, Corporate Planning, FP&A, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and other business leaders.
  • Proven ability to thoughtfully evaluate processes, identify opportunities for improvement and successfully execute on those plans.
  • Strong people management skills; reputation as a positive, highly motivated leader with a track record of recruiting and developing strong talent who have grown into senior roles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including experience preparing public filings and preparing materials for earnings releases and board meetings.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to perform lifting tasks of up to 10 pounds for short durations.  Duties of this job may involve standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.  Duties also involve daily keyboard data entry.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Coherus is committed to the health and safety of our employees.   We expect that all employees will perform their responsibilities while maintaining a safe, cooperative, and productive work environment, thus ensuring the health and safety of themselves and others.

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