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Assistant Controller

Depomed, Inc.

Newark, CA
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Job Description

City Newark
State California [CA]
Title Assistant Controller
Department Finance
Description Job Summary:
Reporting to the Controller, the Assistant Controller will be involved in the direction of all aspects of the accounting operations with key responsibilities which include the following:

o Research complicated GAAP and SEC issues and assist with writing accounting memoranda
o Oversee the preparation of all SEC reports
o Support quarterly auditor reviews and annual audits
o Review calculations of significant / high risk estimates and/or unusual items
o Review XBRL instance documents
o Interact with external auditors.
o Train the Department staff on new accounting pronouncements and SEC rules
o Assist in writing and updating accounting policies and procedures
o Assist with system and software implementations as needed.
o Assist with ad hoc projects as needed.
o Assist in the preparation of quarterly financials for auditor review, including requested schedules.
o Work with the Controller to initiate, review, and implement process improvements across the department while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the underlying accounting records.
o Assist with inventory valuation and tracking.
o Assist with the development and implementation of internal controls and preparation of SOX 404 compliance.
o Be able to lead, manage and execute on special projects as needed, and across various functions.

Requirements Education and Experience:
o BA or BS in Accounting / Finance or equivalent
o CPA required
o Minimum of 10 years of professional accounting experience. Including at least five years of management experience preferably in a publically traded commercial stage pharmaceutical / Biotech company.

Skills and Abilities:
o Strong financial reporting and accounting skills and knowledge
o Significant SEC reporting/compliance experience
o Strong Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency.
o Strong management and supervisory skills, including coaching and developing employees
o Experienced in managing teams, able to communicate and work cross-functionally
o Hands on experience of managing monthly, quarterly and annual accounting cycles
o Strong analytical and problem solving ability
o ERP systems experience required (Microsoft AX highly preferred)
Depomed Competencies Include:
  • Decisions and Judgment: independently completing assigned tasks by gathering relevant information systematically and considering a broad range of issues or factors when making decisions.
  • Ownership and Initiative: Assumes personal ownership and accountability for business results and solutions. Organizes work based on company/department goals. Develops alternative strategies when confronted with obstacles. Plans and organizes work so that timelines are met or exceeded.
  • Communication skills: Expresses ideas and information effectively and constructively. Provides accurate and timely information to others within the department and across functional groups. Demonstrates attention to and understanding of others’ comments, questions, and views
  • Teamwork: Establishes and maintains cooperative and productive working relationships. Proactively and constructively resolves disagreements. Shares recognition and credit with others. Acts with integrity and earns the trust of others by dealing with them respectfully and honestly. Shows awareness and considers the opinions of others.
  • Team management / leadership: Blends people into teams when needed. Creates strong morale and spirit. Fosters open dialogue. Defines success in terms of the whole team. Creates an organized and purposeful culture where each member contributes and feels accountable to the team.

    Physical Demands:

    o Sitting – 80%
    o Standing/ walking - 20%
    o Repetitive motion: Substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and or fingers for sustained periods of time. Approximately 6-hours of keyboarding per day.
    o Visual Requirements: Able to see and read PC screens and read fine print.
    o Comprehension: Ability to understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints.
    o Decision Making: Ability to make decisions which have impact on the department’s credibility, operations, and services.
    o Communication: Ability to formulate complex and comprehensive materials such as legal documents, authoritative reports, official publications of major scope and impact, etc. and to make formal presentations.
    o Mathematics: Ability to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

    About Us Depomed, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat pain and other central nervous system conditions. The company was founded in 1995 and has established itself by developing and incorporating promising technology into differentiated therapeutic products, taking those products through clinical approval, and building a strong market presence. The company currently markets four FDA-approved products, Gralise® (gabapentin) tablets for the management of Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN), Cambia® (diclofenac potassium for oral solution) for acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults 18 years of age or older, Zipsor® (diclofenac potassium) liquid filled capsules for relief of mild to moderate acute pain, and Lazanda® (fentanyl) nasal spray CII for the management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients. See Important Safety Information for Gralise, Cambia, Zipsor, and Lazanda.

    We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer


    Please see Job Description.
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