New ABFO Member Open Company Posting - Senior Accountant, Avidity Biosciences



Location: La Jolla
Position Type: Full-time
Required Education: BA/BS, Accounting or Finance
Area/s of expertise desired: Accounting

Job Summary:

The senior accountant will be responsible for payroll processing, booking journal entries, account reconciliations, bank reconciliations, providing SOX testing selections to the auditors, generation and distribution of department reports, and preparing monthly internal financial statements. Additionally, they analyze financial information, prepare accurate and timely financial reports and statements, ensure appropriate accounting control procedures, and periodically plan, organize, assign, review and evaluate the work of other accounting staff members as part of the overall growth and development of the department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists in preparation of month-end close/management reports and accompanying schedules, worksheets, and narratives
  • Assist in preparation of quarterly financial statements and “Budget vs. Actual” variance reports including in providing follow-up and documentation of significant variances
  • Assist in preparation of a wide variety of accounting and financial analyses as requested, including narrative support
  • Assist with establishment, operation and updating of internal controls, including narrative standard operating procedure documentation and communication
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliation
  • Prepare and/or review monthly account reconciliations
  • Record/review semi-monthly payroll into GL
  • Handle employee correspondence and inquires
  • Maintain purchase orders; cost control oversight including processes for ensuring best pricing is being received for procurements
  • Manage Fixed Asset procedure (policy and process)
  • Support Controller and Finance Director, as needed
  • Perform other duties as required

Desired Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Outstanding communication, organizational and interpersonal skills; strong customer service
  • Strong detail orientation with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Proactively manage tasks and workloads; flexible, able to adapt/adjust with short notice
  • Capable of making good judgments, anticipate needs, and the ability to work independently
  • Proficient with Quickbooks, Concur and MS Office with advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Responsive and reliable
  • Demonstrate absolute discretion when dealing with confidential matters
  • Able to work independently with limited supervision and cooperatively as a team

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as an accountant, preferably in pharmaceutical / biotech

Association of Bioscience Financial Officers


Interested candidates, please submit resumes to
Vanessa Jacoby at

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