New ABFO Member Company Open Job Posting - Accounting Manager, Synthekine


Synthekine is a Menlo Park, CA based biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing best in class cytokine therapeutics to treat cancer and autoimmunity. We use our unique insights on how cytokines bind to their receptors and tune these systems though protein engineering to generate therapeutics that have transformative potential.  Synthekine was formed in 2019 and has raised $190M from leading biotech investors.   We are advancing a deep pipeline of therapeutics against some of the most important cytokine targets.  Come join us and help us give patients and physicians better options to treat disease and advance cytokine science along the way.
Position Summary:

The Accounting Manager will be a key contributor to the Finance function and the Synthekine organization in general. This position will work closely in collaboration with the rest of the Finance Team to complete the monthly financial close and assist with other responsibilities during quarter-end. This position will be the primary owner for several general accounting areas, such as cash, fixed assets, prepaids, other general assets and liabilities and expense accruals. The position will partner with the Accounts Payable and the Procurement functions to oversee and perform key internal control and procedural activities.

Partnering with the rest of the Finance Team, this position will also play an active role in performing and supporting SOX internal controls, and in completing our periodic reviews and audits by our external auditors, KPMG.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in managing the month-end close process, variance analysis and documentation to support performance of required SOX internal control procedures.
  • Prepare journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations for cash, prepaid expenses, fixed assets, other assets and certain operating expense accruals
  • Comply with proper SOX internal control procedures, and support regular testing of controls as part of SOX 404 requirements
  • Support the external quarterly reviews / annual audit processes including the preparation of “prepared by client” (PBC) requests, interactions with the auditors and resolution of open items.
  • Assist with certain periodic compliance filings, such as quarterly use tax filing, the Form 571-L property tax filing, etc.
  • Partner with the Accounts Payable function to ensure performance of AP internal controls and operational activities, such as invoice vouchering and the payment run processes.
  • Partner with the Procurement function to oversee the Company credit card program, and ensure proper accounting of monthly activities.
  • Assist with documentation, implementation, and maintenance of corporate accounting policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to new ERP system implementation project in design, configuration, testing and other implementation procedures related to the accounting and financial reporting processes.
  • Perform ad hoc projects and/or assist other Finance Team members, as deemed necessary.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in Finance and/or Accounting
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience
  • Strong Microsoft Word skills in Excel and MS Word.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Solid core accounting knowledge
  • Ability to work effectively within a team that requires good coordination and collaboration to complete team and company objectives.
  • Ability to effectively work cross-functionally
  • Proactive, detail-oriented, a self-starter, able to take responsibility and maintain high quality and accuracy in reporting with specific deadlines.
  • Results oriented with an ability to manage work appropriately to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to growing organizations and deal with the Company’s frequently changing needs and priorities.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Biopharmaceutical industry experience
  • Public Accounting / Big 4 experience

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Synthekine is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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