Arch Oncology is a privately held clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. At Arch we discover and develop new biologic therapeutics to treat patients living with cancer. We are committed to advancing antibodies with best-in-class potential. Our lead molecule, AO-176, is an IgG2 CD47 targeted antibody, which blocks the “do not eat me” signal enabled by CD47’s interaction with SIRPa and induces phagocytosis.

We are seeking a highly motivated hands-on Controller to join our rapidly growing team, of highly experienced and driven professionals, who are committed to excellence and are focused on improving the lives of cancer patients.

Reports To:
VP of Finance and Operations

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The Controller will be primarily responsible for the financial close, financial reporting, technical accounting, internal controls, treasury, taxes, and all regulatory filings. The controller will lead or support other areas as required. Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead US GAAP compliant financial reporting and analysis, including the monthly, quarterly, and annual close process and reporting packages. This responsibility includes hands-on close activities.
  • Oversee general accounting, ledgers, reporting systems, payroll, 401K, accounts payable and treasury functions.
  • Function as the expert for technical accounting - keep abreast of changes in accounting requirements, develop, maintain, and enforce technical accounting policies and procedures in accordance with US GAAP, and write comprehensive accounting memos.
  • Establish, adjust, and document internal controls, policies, and procedures to ensure SOX compliance.
  • Manage audit processes and relationships with external auditors. Support the conduct of all external audit activity.
  • Manage the company’s tax reporting and filing processes. Manage and review the Company’s tax advisors, in preparing the Company’s income tax returns, tax provision, tax disclosures, tax studies and analyses.
  • Oversee equity administration, accounting, and systems.
  • Prepare special investors reports.
  • Support readiness for future financings, potentially including an IPO.
  • Together with the VP-Finance and with Information Technology, manage and enhance the company’s ERP, business, and accounting systems.
  • Develop effective working relationships with leaders throughout the organization to ensure strong partnership between finance and the business.
  • Manage and develop the accounting staff

Position Requirements and Experience:

  • CPA with Big 4 audit experience; knowledgeable of PCAOB standards and current accounting pronouncements. IPO experience is a plus.
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in a corporate environment, and 3+ years of successful supervisory experience.
  • Experience in a development-stage life sciences or biotech company preferred.
  • Solid foundation in SEC rules and regulations, SEC reporting (including 10-K, 10-Q, proxy and 8-Ks)
  • Strong technical accounting experience, including writing accounting memos and negotiating complex accounting issues with external auditors.
  • SOX 404 experience
  • Technically savvy with systems and ability to build processes and utilize technology to enhance productivity, reduce errors, and mitigate risks.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills.
  • Attention to details, high organizational skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to collaborate with cross-functional team members.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in Accounting or related field.
  • CPA designation required.

Position Location: Brisbane, CA


Arch Oncology offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, as well as paid time off and a 401k plan. Arch Oncology is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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