New ABFO Member Company Open Job Posting, Senior Accountant, nKarta


Nkarta is a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing the development of allogeneic, off the shelf natural killer (NK) cell therapies for cancer. By combining its cell expansion and cryopreservation platform with proprietary cell engineering technologies, Nkarta is building a pipeline of cell therapy candidates generated by efficient manufacturing processes, which are engineered to enhance tumor targeting and improve persistence for sustained activity in the body.
Founded in 2015 at the birthplace of biotechnology in South San Francisco, CA, Nkarta became a public company (Nasdaq symbol NKTX) in 2020. Our development pipeline of engineered NK cell therapy candidates consists of co-lead programs, NKX101 and NKX019. The IND for NKX101 for the treatment of relapsed or refractory AML and higher-risk MDS was accepted by the FDA in July 2020. Patient dosing began in Q4 2020. As we broaden the development of NKX101, we also plan to initiate studies in solid tumors. Our second co-lead program, NKX019, is designed to target B cell lymphomas. The IND for NKX019 was accepted by the FDA in April 2021, and we plan to begin dosing patients with NKX019 in the second half of 2021.
Position Title       Senior Accountant
Location                South San Francisco, CA
Reports to             Assistant Controller

Position Summary

Nkarta seeks a Senior Accountant to join and help build the Finance team to support a growing organization. Best match is a team player who is comfortable working in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment and desires to develop professionally as the team and company grow. This role supports the day-to-day financial accounting and reporting as well as fixed assets, cash, equity administration, payroll, month-end and year-end close processes. The ideal candidate brings 3-5 years of public accounting and/or corporate accounting operations experience and is familiar with SOX compliance and US GAAP accounting standards.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for fixed asset accounting, including accounting for build out of manufacturing facility and coordination with multiple cross-functional teams to ensure accurate fixed asset records.
  • Tracks project spend in comparison to the capital budget for fixed assets, and reviews asset requests, P.O.’s, and invoices in construction-in-process account for capitalization.
  • Prepares monthly bank reconciliations for all bank accounts.
  • Assists in the preparation of the monthly and quarterly financial packages for management.
  • Responsible for the month-end financial statement close processes, including balance sheet and income statement account reconciliations, journal entries and payroll processing.
  • Supports equity administration, including maintenance of stock option records and stock compensation calculations.
  • Assists in preparation of required SEC filings, reporting documents, including reports on Form 10-K, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, proxy filings, and prospectus supplements, as applicable.
  • Helps with the coordination of annual audits and quarterly reviews by external auditors, including the audit of our financial statements.
  • Works closely with the Assistant Controller and Controller to improve, automate, and document accounting processes. Assists with the development and maintenance of internal control structure. Ensures compliance with established controls.
  • Assists the Assistant Controller and Controller with any ad hoc projects as assigned, such as research, reporting, and system implementations, projects, etc.

Position Requirements

  • Direct accounting experience including general ledger management, reconciliations, month-end closing, and other functions, with a strong emphasis in fixed asset accounting.
  • Thorough understanding of GAAP, full-cycle accounting processes and internal controls
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to effectively manage timelines and deliverables.
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with Excel.
  • Experience in the biopharmaceutical industry is a plus.
  • Experience in a variety of accounting systems including NetSuite, Point Purchasing, and is a plus.

Education / Background

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • CPA license and Big 4 experienced preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years of related experience in either public accounting, corporate accounting, or a combination of the two

Work Environment / Physical Demands

The regular requirements of an office environment (computers, computer screens, workstations, etc.). Travel (car or airplane) may be a requirement on an infrequent basis.

Working at Nkarta

The 100+ team members at our South San Francisco, California primary location describe working at Nkarta, along with opportunities for improvement, in some of the following ways:

Work is interesting – lots of projects in the pipeline (so I don’t have to worry about the one project failing). Leadership is open, straight forward.”
“Smart, capable, nice people. People I work with day to day are enjoyable.”
“I like that the company is open minded with a (people) –(looking for) a set of skills that can grow (as opposed to thinking you have to have exactly what’s in a job spec now) Things that broaden their (employees) skills and growth.”
“Like any startup there are fires to put out; feel confident we have the people to control those fires.”
“Diverse people from different backgrounds.”

To learn more about our work at Nkarta and the career opportunities that will drive us forward to serve patients, please visit the company’s website at

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