New ABFO Member Open Job Posting, Sr. Manager, Accounting, Kura Oncology


Position:        Senior Manager, Accounting
Reporting to:    Controller

Position Summary

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to realizing the promise of precision medicines for the treatment of cancer. We are seeking an exceptional Senior Manager, Accounting who is responsible for month-end/quarter-end close process and manages day-to-day activities for payroll and accounting payable. This role will supervise two accountants and report to the Controller.


These may include but are not limited to:

  • Manage Payroll Accountant and Accounts Payable Accountant and oversee these processes.
  • Manage the month-end, quarter-end and year-end accounting close process and ensure close process is performed in a timely, accurate and auditable manner.
  • Responsible for close activities including reviewing or preparing journal entries and reconciliations for various transactions and accounts including but not limited to payroll, accrued R&D contracts, accrued clinical trial expenses, operating and investment accounts.
  • Review semi-monthly payroll and corresponding journal entries and reconciliations.
  • Review annual reports for payroll and A/P including W-2s, D&O compensation and 1099s.
  • Collaborate with contract/project owners to gain an understanding of contracts and work orders to ensure proper accounting.
  • Perform monthly variance analyses for trended operating expenses and other comparative analysis as required.
  • Ensure accuracy and compliance with GAAP, SOX and company policies and procedures
  • Participate and support the design, implementation and maintenance of Sarbanes/Oxley internal control requirements.
  • Support financial statement audit including responding to requests and inquiries from external auditors.
  • Prepare and file business property tax filings.
  • Proactively recognize, investigate and act to resolve discrepancies; utilize critical thinking to ensure accurate data and quality processing.
  • Other duties, as assigned or required

Requirements, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, plus minimum 7 years of accounting  experience.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience managing accounting staff
  • Experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • A thorough understanding of US GAAP, accounts payable, payroll and general ledger.
  • Experience with financial and SOX audits.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Outlook is required. Advanced knowledge in Excel is a plus.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to prioritize workflow, work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have an understanding of financial accounting systems. Proficiency with Great Plains, Coupa, NetSuite and ADP Workforce Now is a plus.
  • Require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively share information, work in a fast- paced environment, great organizational skills, maintain confidentiality and detail oriented.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Effective organizational and problem-solving skills
  • To apply, please submit your resume/CV referencing the position to

Applicants whose qualifications and experiences most closely match the requirements will be reviewed. Candidates will only be contacted for evaluative discussions.

Kura Oncology is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefits package.

Association of Bioscience Financial Officers

To apply, please contact Jackie Tran, Vice President, Finance, at

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