New ABFO Open Job Posting, Assistant Controller, Arrowhead Pharmceuticals

Assistant Controller

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage, NASDAQ listed (ticker ARWR) company developing medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them. Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, our therapies trigger the RNA interference mechanism to induce rapid, deep and durable knockdown of target genes. RNA interference, or RNAi, is a mechanism present in living cells that inhibits the expression of a specified gene, thereby affecting the production of a specific protein. Our RNAi-based therapeutics are at the leading edge with the potential to bring life changing treatments for patients.

Our Targeted RNAi Molecule (TRiMTM) platform utilizes ligand-mediated delivery and is designed to enable tissue-specific targeting while being structurally simple. The TRiM platform builds on more than a decade of work on targeted RNA delivery and offers several advantages including simplified manufacturing and reduced costs; multiple routes of administration; and potential for improved safety.

Our employees are nimble, science-driven, innovative professionals. A career at Arrowhead offers the opportunity to collaborate with top notch scientists to rapidly discover and develop RNAi-based therapeutics in a variety of indications to add to our growing pipeline.

Location:  Pasadena, CA

The Position:

Arrowhead seeks an Assistant Controller to join its Finance and Accounting Team, and this individual will report into Arrowhead’s Director of Finance and Accounting.  This individual will be responsible for managing Arrowhead’s internal and external audits, SEC reporting and technical accounting documentation.  The individual will work closely with members of the Finance and Accounting Team and will collaborate with each of Arrowhead’s operations departments.  


  • Prepare SEC filings (10Q/10K/8K) to ensure compliance with SEC rules and regulations and U.S. GAAP guidance
  • Lead and direct planning and coordination of audits and quarterly reviews; ensure timely and successful completion of external financial audits and internal SOX audits
  • Monitor and ensure timely identification of evolving accounting guidance and potential impact on the company; provide interpretation and document issues in a clear, logical and comprehensive manner
  • Lead and direct corporate tax compliance for annual returns, annual provisions as well as tax projects, as needed
  • Review weekly expenditure details to ensure accurate GL recording and alignment with budget
  • Develop and manage clinical trial and CMC accounting processes
  • Ensure appropriate recognition, classification and safeguarding of fixed assets
  • Assist in the assessment of systems requirements for the accounting department in support of organizational growth; assist in ERP and other accounting systems implementations
  • Develop documentation of standards and procedures for the accounting and finance teams’ processes
  • Prepare materials for CFO to present to the audit committee and support the CFO in earnings announcement preparedness
  • Manage relationships with functional departments heads across the organization, staying abreast of strategic needs that may drive changes to financial policies, tools and risk management
  • Other related duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting
  • CPA
  • 8-10 years of progressively responsible accounting or financial reporting experience.  Mix of public (big 4) and industry specific (biotech/pharmaceutical) experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to gather, analyze and interpret information for completeness and accuracy; excellent attention to detail; excellent organizational skills;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Excel – pivot tables, vlookups, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills (oral & written); ability to effectively interact with others at all levels – within and outside of finance.
  • Demonstrated history of identifying problems, researching and recommending resolutions
  • Flexibility to put in extra hours during critical times such as month, quarter and year-end close cycles
  • Strong time management with the ability to work independently and in a group setting

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Arrowhead provides competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package.
All applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S. for a company.

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