New ABFO Member company open financial posting - Tenaya Therapeutics, Associate Director, Accounting

Associate Director of Accounting (Hybrid)

A growing public biopharma company is looking to add Associate Director of Accounting within the Controllership organization reporting to the Sr. Director of Accounting Operations. This role will have a broad range of job responsibilities including day-to-day management of operational accounting functions, financial and management reporting as well as audit and tax compliance work. We seek a highly motivated professional with solid GAAP and technical accounting understanding. This role will be responsible for all General Ledger activities and ensure integrity and accuracy of the company’s financial statements, accounting for complex research and development, collaboration and other arrangements, leases, payroll and benefit accounting, insurance and prepaids, tax compliance as well as cash flow preparation. The Associated Director will also play a key role in external audit and reporting process and execute process improvements to ensure strong internal controls as the company scales up its operations.


  • Ownership and preparation of accurate US GAAP financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and shareholders’ equity rollforward) in a timely manner
  • Ownership of month-end close activities including timely preparation and review of journal entries and key account reconciliations; ensure compliance with the close calendar
  • Manage and provide guidance and leadership to the AP manager in managing a high functioning, efficient and responsive accounts payable team through strategic hiring, performance management and process optimization.
  • Supervise and provide guidance and leadership to the Sr. Accountant(s) in preparing R&D studies accruals, including management of accrual, review of open purchase orders and invoices, and review of reconciliations and latest estimate processes.
  • Develop R&D studies accrual model and improve related processes; closely work with AP and Procurement.
  • Own and manage the fixed assets accounting and property tax filing.
  • Produce quarterly management reports with flux explanations.
  • Provide accounting support and guidance to GMP Manufacturing, Procurement and AP teams to ensure proper capitalization and classification of fixed assets; support development of standard costs and related process.
  • Partnering with SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting, and provide needed schedules.   
  • Maintain strong internal controls and processes in the operational accounting areas; develop and maintain corporate policies and procedures related to operational accounting areas for SOX compliance
  • Own master data and related processes including Chart of Accounts, Department, Location
  • Play a key role in external audits (quarterly/annually) to ensure timely completion of audit processes
  • Work with 3rd party tax service provider and provided needed PBC items to ensure timely tax return filings and provision preparation (federal and state income taxes, responsible for sales, use and property taxes as well as payroll and government filings
  • Manage / review payment runs to ensure compliance with SOX controls and timely payments.
  • Collaborate with the extended finance team to ensure adherence to a timely close and reporting process, timely responses to internal/external audit requests and overall execution of team objectives.
  • Build strong relationships with business partners across the organization to ensure timely internal services and effective collaboration.
  • Play a key role in major enterprise-wide initiatives and projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 10+ years accounting experience, including 3+ years in a public company. 
  • Public accounting experience required; CPA preferred.
  • Biotech/life sciences and manufacturing experience strongly preferred
  • 3+ years’ experience leading managers and providing mentoring, coaching, and development to create high-performing teams.
  • Strong GAAP and technical accounting knowledge
  • Pay attention to details; a very-hands approach to accounting and reporting
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Critical thinker who can foresee potential obstacles and propose alternative approaches or solutions
  • System savvy; ERP experience (NetSuite/Coupa)
  • Experience with developing, documenting, and maintaining processes, policies and controls in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
  • Communication skills that demonstrate understanding of GAAP concepts
  • Team player/people person with proven experience in managing people and projects.

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