Manager, Accounting Operations

San Francisco, CA, United States
Jul 19, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Summary:

Manages the activities of general accounting functions, primarily within the fixed asset and accounts payable/accrual functions, with opportunity for expansion into other areas. Develops, implements, and maintains systems, procedures and policies, including all general accounting functions. Ensures the accurate compilation, analysis and reporting of accounting data. Researches and resolves both accounting and process-related issues, and prepares detailed technical accounting memos. Acts as a liaison between the company, government, CPA and other auditors in providing the required information and ensuring that proper information is maintained for historical purposes. Supports the preparation of federal, state and local reports and tax returns. Creates and interprets reports and records for management. Supports management in the preparation of management reporting, financial analysis and financial statements. May select, develop, and evaluate personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function. Works on special projects as needed.


Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Supervises the activities of general accounting functions, primarily within the fixed asset and accounts payable functions. Responsible for the preparation of technical accounting memos related to fixed asset and lease accounting issues. Responsible for the preparation and/or review of pertinent journal entries, reports, reconciliations, and analysis to satisfy audits and various management requests, including for the fixed asset and accrual functions. Supports management in the preparation of management reporting, financial analysis and financial statements. Ensures the accuracy of financial and management reporting by independently completing trend analyses and reconciliation of balance sheet balances with transactional ledgers. Reviews the accuracy of financial reports by analyzing variances between actuals and plan for significant and unusual activity. Maintains working knowledge of new GAAP pronouncements and may recommend changes to procedures and reporting in order to achieve compliance. Interfaces with internal and external auditors, government agencies, tax accountants, and other parties as needed. Responsible for the preparation and/or review of control activities to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting, including conducting annual SSAE 16 SOC 1 reviews and ensuring that process narratives are up to date. Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis of the situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of regulatory requirements and generally accepted accounting principles. Follows processes, operational procedures, and best practices in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Maintains expertise in all current and pertinent fixed asset and lease accounting pronouncements to advise management of any changes in GAAP or recommended policy changes to ensure compliance. Responsible for all aspects of the capital budgeting process, including working with project owners to prepare annual capital budgets, reviewing all proposed capital requests for both the business justification and any related accounting issues, and preparing monthly capital budget versus actual reviews/reports. May have other budget responsibilities. Manages and coordinates annual fixed asset counts. Manages and coordinates the preparation and compilation of financial schedules for property tax and other returns. Assists with the preparation and compilation of financial schedules for annual income tax returns and insurance or other requests. Oversees the disbursement process, including the review and authorization of payments and the review of account coding. Performs other special projects related to analysis and activities requested by management. May provide coaching to junior accounting staff.


A minimum of a Bachelors degree in a Finance or Business discipline is required. A CPA, MBA or other advanced degree is preferred. Equivalent experience may be accepted. A minimum of 8 years previous accounting experience, which must include direct experience with fixed asset accounting, is required. A minimum of 4 years experience in public accounting is required. A minimum of 3 years experience at a publicly traded company is highly preferred. May require a minimum of 5 years previous management experience. Must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of GAAP. Must be able to demonstrate a high attention to detail with an ability to independently prioritize and organize work assignments. Must possess excellent computer and analytical skills with proficiency in Excel and Word. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Previous experience with JDEdwards, Equity Edge Online, Ascentis, and Business Objects are highly desired. Must be able to review and understand significant agreements as they pertain to the accounting group.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.