New ABFO Member Open Financial Posting, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Corporate Controller


Corporate Controller

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a rapidly growing clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that develops medicines that treat intractable diseases by silencing the genes that cause them.  We are focused on developing innovative drugs based on RNA interference, a natural pathway for gene silencing.  We focus on diseases with a genetic basis, typically characterized by the overproduction of one or more proteins that are involved with disease.  Arrowhead is leading the field in bringing the promise of RNAi to address diseases outside of the liver, and our clinical pipeline includes disease targets in the liver, lung, solid tumors and muscle with a promising pipeline of preclinical candidates.  Our pipeline includes nine drugs in Phase 1 through Phase 3 clinical studies being sponsored by Arrowhead or its licensees, as well as an extensive list of candidates in pre-clinical development. 

Using a broad portfolio of RNA chemistries and efficient modes of delivery, Arrowhead therapies trigger the RNA interference mechanism to induce rapid, deep, and durable knockdown of target genes.
The depth and versatility of our RNAi technologies enables us to potentially address conditions in virtually any therapeutic area and pursue disease targets that are not otherwise addressable by small molecules and biologics.

Arrowhead’s corporate headquarters, commercial, clinical and regulatory teams are in Pasadena, CA with research and development teams in Madison, WI and San Diego, CA.  Our employees are nimble, science-driven innovators who are dedicated to bringing new therapies to patients in need.  Arrowhead is a multi-billion market cap company listed on NASDAQ Global Market (ARWR).

Location:  Pasadena, CA

The Position

Arrowhead is seeking a Corporate Controller with demonstrated experience in technical accounting & SEC financial reporting to join its Finance & Accounting team at its Pasadena, CA headquarters.  Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Corporate Controller will lead a growing team of (4) individuals, manage all aspects of financial accounting, technical accounting, cost accounting, SOX compliance, internal/external audit & external reporting.  The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of UA GAAP, be very detail oriented, responsive, tech savvy, quick to think on their feet, and comfortable with making decisions independently based on an analysis of risk.  10+ years of growing responsibility in an accounting role, preferably within the biotech or pharmaceutical industry, is required. 


  • Oversee accounting functions including the monthly financial close processes, technical accounting, internal controls, financial systems, and stock administration.
  • Oversee the preparation of consolidated external financial reports, including periodic reports filed with the SEC, and leading the disclosure committee to ensure disclosures are adequate and updated for changing business conditions
  • Provide guidance on technical accounting matters, and managing complex accounting issues such as revenue recognition, stock compensation, impairment analysis, leases, joint venture accounting and other critical accounting matters
  • Responsible for researching and implementing new developments in GAAP pronouncements that impact the business.
  • Manage the monthly/quarterly close process and provide guidance for a more efficient and effective accounting close
  • Develop and manage clinical trial and CMC accounting processes
  • Reviews agreements and operational contracts to ensure proper accounting and reporting
  • 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
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and international laws, rules, regulations and requirements related to financial accounting and control matters
  • Oversee management of quarterly reviews and annual financial audit
  • Lead SOX compliance initiatives & interactions with internal/external auditors
  • Mentor, lead, train and develop accounting staff to meet financial and accounting initiatives
  • Prepare materials and provide updates for executive management in preparation for audit committee / board of director’s meetings and earnings calls
  • Support the cost accounting manager
  • Manage accounting systems and associated databases, including ERP upgrades
  • Ad-hoc/special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA designation mandatory
  •  8+ years of financial accounting experience in a public company and/or Big 4 environment
  • Expertise in internal controls over financial reporting and accounting processes and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Demonstrated ability to lead both initiatives and teams in a fast-paced environment, and to communicate technical accounting requirements and implications to both technical and non-technical audience
  • Strong organizational skills, with a focus on accuracy, detail orientation and the ability to produce in tight timelines
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Possess the highest level of integrity
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Excellent team player
  • Pharmaceutical or biotech experience
  • Big 4 public accounting /auditing experience in a managerial capacity
  • Ability for occasional travel between Arrowhead’s locations

Arrowhead provides competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package.   

All applicants must have authorization to work in the US for a company.   

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