New ABFO Member Open Job Posting, Corporate Controller, Inovio Pharmaceuticals
Location San Diego, USA
Departments: Accounting and Finance
Type: Full-time
Minimum Experience: Executive



INOVIO is a biotechnology company focused on rapidly bringing to market precisely designed DNA medicines to treat and protect people from infectious diseases, cancer, and diseases associated with HPV. INOVIO is the first and only company to have clinically demonstrated that a DNA medicine can be delivered directly into cells in the body via a proprietary smart device to produce a robust and tolerable immune response. Partners and collaborators include Advaccine, ApolloBio Corporation, AstraZeneca, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND)/Department of Defense (DOD), GeneOne Life Science/VGXI, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Ology Bioservices, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Plumbline Life Sciences, Regeneron, Richter-Helm BioLogics, Roche/Genentech, University of Pennsylvania, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and The Wistar Institute. For more information, visit

Job summary

The Corporate Controller (CC) is a key leadership position within the Accounting and Finance department reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer. The CC is a hands-on manager and leader in the day-to-day activities of the accounting department, including month-end close process, review of journal entries, internal control compliance, payroll and other special projects. The CC is the lead point person with the external auditors and provides technical recommendations to the accounting team and management. The scope and responsibility of the position is broad and requires extensive in-depth knowledge, skills, and experience. The CC must lead and motivate the team to meet competing and demanding timelines, while also operating at the highest levels with executive leadership. The position has direct and indirect oversite of department staff, some of which are located in Pennsylvania.

Essential job functions and duties

  • Lead and manage the day-to-day accounting operations, including oversight for several subsidiary companies. 
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Provide direct and indirect supervisory and leadership oversight of department staff, including Accounting Managers (3 direct reports & 5 indirect reports).
  • Perform month-end financial statement close process, including review of journal entries and account reconciliations.
  • Lead and manage quarterly reviews and year-end audit; act as point person with external auditing firms.
  • Maintain and update internal controls in accordance with Sarbanes Oxley and COSO framework.
  • Provide general oversight for bi-weekly ADP payroll processing and compliance.
  • Perform technical research and draft accounting memorandums as necessary.
  • Collaborate with legal on the review of contracts/agreements to ensure financial terms are reasonable.
  • Participate in CRO bid/proposals to assess the vendors’ capabilities.
  • Participate or lead special projects and support various accounting related duties as needed.
  • Occasionally travel to the East Coast company office as needed.

Minimum requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business with an emphasis in accounting. An advanced degree is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 12 years of finance and accounting experience (minimum five years of public accounting experience required) with at least 7 years of management experience.
  • CPA certification and Biotech industry experience is preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of GAAP and of recent accounting trends.
  • Solid knowledge of Excel Spreadsheet and MS Word.
  • Acute attention to detail and accuracy of work performed.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction to accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving and results.

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To apply for this position, please access the application on our public website at the following link:

INOVIO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with our policy, INOVIO will recruit, hire, train and promote into all job titles the most qualified individuals, without regard to race, color, creed, gender, gender identity and expression, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

A current US work authorization is required. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. INOVIO offers an attractive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer. 

Important notice to employment businesses/agencies

INOVIO does not accept referrals from employment agencies unless written authorization from the INOVIO Human Resources department has been provided. In the absence of written authorization, any actions undertaken by employment agencies shall be deemed to have been performed without our consent and therefore INOVIO will not be liable for any fees arising from employment agency referrals in respect to current or future position vacancies at INOVIO.

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