New ABFO Member Company Open Job Posting, Vice Presdient, Finance, Alkahest


Alkahest is a well-funded clinical-stage biotechnology company, developing innovative products for the treatment of age-related conditions, with an emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. The Company was founded on the pioneering science of Tony Wyss-Coray and his colleagues at Stanford University, who identified restorative functions in young plasma. At Alkahest, we are working to translate these opportunities and our discoveries into transformative human therapies. The company is located in San Carlos, California.

Alkahest is seeking an experienced Vice President of Finance to manage all financial aspects of the Company. Serving as an integral member of the leadership team, the VP of Finance is responsible for overall day-to-day management of the accounting, finance, and procurement functions, which include financial reporting, financial information systems, accounts payable, payroll, cash management, tax, fixed assets, internal controls and purchasing.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Manage and mentor a growing team in Accounting, FP&A and Procurement
  • Ensure the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements are completed on a timely basis and in accordance with GAAP
  • Oversee the budgeting and forecasting process
  • Active member on the company’s leadership team, participating in decisions on company operations and ensuring compliance with financial policies
  • Act as primary liaison with Finance and Treasury departments of parent company, Grifols International, S.A.
  • Clinical trial accounting management, including monthly monitoring of clinical studies, ensuring timely and accurate accrual entries and reporting
  • Manage financial information systems design, implementation, enhancement, monitoring and controls
  • Ensure financials are always audit ready and assist parent company with audit support, including analysis of technical accounting issues
  • Oversee compliance and filings of all areas of tax, including corporate tax returns and use tax
  • Operational experience in SOX 404(b) environment including oversight of internal controls
  • Assist with identifying process improvements, implementing changes, and ensuring best practices
  • Participate in or lead ad hoc projects, as needed


  • CPA with bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in a senior-level finance or accounting position, ideally in a high growth biotech company
  • Proven ability to thoughtfully evaluate processes, identify opportunities for improvement and successfully execute on those plans
  • In-depth knowledge of US GAAP and clinical trial accounting
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with QuickBooks and a plus.
  • Ability to understand financial systems and workflow and experience with system
    implementations a plus.
  • Strong communication skills (oral & written); able to effectively interact with all levels internally and externally – within and outside of finance; able to tailor communications to the audience to achieve desire results.
  • Attention to detail with ability to move easily between hands-on work and strategic thinking
  • Team player, positive and confident, with high energy drive
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize

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