New ABFO Open Job Posting - Controller - Beacon Discovery, Inc.
Title: Controller
Reporting to: CEO

Beacon Discovery, Inc.

Beacon is privately-held drug-discovery company founded in 2016 with a mission to efficiently identify and advance molecules targeting G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) from concept to clinic. Beacon is developing its own internal pipeline as well as collaborating with several Pharma and Biotech companies. (

The Role

Beacon is seeking a Corporate Controller located in San Diego, CA. ​This position is a hands-on leadership role that will be responsible for the accounting function, including financial close process, external financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll, stock plan administration, collaboration revenue, tax, accounting systems and direct management of audit engagements, cash management, budgeting and forecasting, amongst other responsibilities.

Specific areas of responsibility will include:

  • Management of the monthly/quarterly accounting close
  • Preparation and maintenance of annual budgets and long-range forecasts
  • Preparation of GAAP financial statements for internal and external reporting
  • Cash management and treasury
  • Serve as primary coordinator for auditor engagements
  • Management of stock plan administration and accounting
  • Responsible for payroll function and partnering with HR to manage employee benefits
  • Oversee accounts payable function
  • Responsible for invoicing and proper accounting of collaboration revenue
  • Interface with external tax advisor on relevant tax matters
  • Implementation of accounting and other finance systems
  • Implementation of accounting policies and procedures
  • Responsible for enhancing and improving accounting and control systems as company grows
  • Development of strong internal controls
  • Partnering with the CEO in preparing Board presentations
  • Responsible for negotiation of business insurance policies
  • Other accounting and finance duties as required

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or business administration
  • 8+ years of experience in accounting operations, financial reporting; 3+ years as a Controller
  • Prior experience working in a life science company
  • Demonstrable experience managing the monthly/quarterly accounting close process
  • Strong experience supporting and leading annual financial audits
  • Strong communication/writing skills and history of effectively interfacing with all levels of management
  • Must be a kind, respectful, fair, trustworthy, and dependable team member and leader
  • Proficient in Excel, QuickBooks and Microsoft Office
  • Superior problem solving skills and ability to prioritize, organize and balance diverse tasks.
  • Must be able to work in a high-growth environment


Interested in this opportunity?

To apply, please send their resume to Erin at


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