New ABFO Open Job Posting - Director of Accounting & Finance - Stoke Therapeutics

Stoke is on the hunt for a top-talent, varsity player in the role of director of accounting and finance.  Title is flexible – controller+ to VP-.  Responsibilities are everything you could imagine of a finance professional with the character experience to be able to build out the breadth of finance responsibilities from A-round through cross-over and onto IPO.  Stoke, located in Bedford, Mass is developing antisense ogligoneucleotide medicines that target RNA splicing to increase gene expression for the treatment of sever genetic disease.  Company emerged from stealth mode earlier this year after securing Ed Kay – former Sarepta CEO – at the helm last year, and installing Barry Ticho (formerly Moderna, Pfizer, Biogen) in as CMO and Gene Liau (Precision BioSciences, Pfizer, Shire, Novartis) EVP, head of research & preclinical development.

Stoke Therapeutics is looking for an Accounting & Finance Director to develop and lead our Accounting & Finance function. This position will report to the COO/interim CFO. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to develop and implement sustainable financial accounting systems and contribute the company’s long term goals and financial success. The successful candidate will be collaborative, highly motivated, and possess the desire to constantly improve processes with an emphasis toward financial and operational best practices.

  • Lead and develop a dynamic financial organization that is dedicated to financial integrity and focused on supporting Stoke’s growth strategy
  • Orchestrate all financial reporting activities including but not limited to internal management reporting, independent auditing firms, tax preparers, and valuation firms
  • Ensure the financial organization delivers timely financials in accordance with GAAP, ensure all significant estimates and judgments have been fully documented.
  • Effective internal controls over financial reporting and up to date documentation of those controls
  • Implement and maintain financial and accounting systems that are robust, controls compliant, and support rapid future growth
  • Oversee and manage payroll, tax, and audit activities
  • Responsible for overseeing monthly and quarterly financial close, all elements of operational accounting, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll and share based compensation
  • Work with senior leadership to develop budgets and cash forecasts
  • Analysis of budget vs. actual and developing robust internal financial reporting systems to guide strategy and resourcing
  • Work in concert with operations team to ensure resource efficient operation of the company

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or other related field and CPA designation
  • 7+ years of accounting and financial leadership experience including time in public accounting
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry encompassing research, development and commercial functions demonstrating a keen understanding of critical accounting and financial reporting issues, risks and challenges specific to the industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong technical and financial acumen and well versed in U.S. GAAP
  • The ability to assist other leaders with non- financial backgrounds
  • A proven leader with the ability to motivate and develop talent
  • Demonstrated ability to apply “best practice” business process improvement and financial controls
  • Ability to make sound and timely business judgments consistent with company objectives
  • Willingness to contribute to the team in any manner possible to reach company goals


Interested in this opportunity?

Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter via e-mail to Please reference position STOKE-010.


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