Director of Accounting and Reporting

San Francisco, CA, United States
Mar 19, 2019
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Title: Director of Accounting and Reporting

Reports to: Senior Director, Technical Accounting & SEC Reporting

Status: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Location: San Francisco, CA

About Assembly: Assembly Biosciences (NASDAQ symbol ASMB) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing two innovative platform programs: a Hepatitis B-Cure program consisting of a new class of oral therapeutic candidates for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and a novel class of oral synthetic live biotherapeutic candidates, which are designed to treat disorders associated with the Microbiome. We pride ourselves on creating a culture and work environment that is scientifically driven, ambitious, and collaborative. We encourage diversity of thought that leads to great innovation and are looking to add to our dynamic team great people who are driven to transform the lives of patients.

We believe our Microbiome platform represents the best in class approach to developing biopharmaceutical agents from live biotherapeutic products. ABI-M201, our lead program in ulcerative colitis, is currently in IND enabling studies and is expected to enter the clinic in 2019. This program is part of a broader partnership we established with Allergan in 2017 for GI programs with a potential total development and commercial milestones of up to $2.8 billion. Our internal pipeline will represent first in class or best in class microbiome approaches in areas such as immuno-oncology, liver diseases, and other areas of high medical need.

Assembly is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, while the R&D headquarters is in South San Francisco. The Company also has a microbiome manufacturing facility in Groton, CT, and a research office in Shanghai, China. Assembly has a strong balance sheet having raised approximately $166 million in July 2018, thus positioned well to build the next phase of Assembly toward global development and commercialization of our innovative medicines in HBV-cure and the Microbiome.


Support and help build consistent, accurate, and timely financial results for Assembly Biosciences and ensure consistent compliance with US GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Sr. Director in regulatory compliance with reporting/accounting regulations, establishment of internal control processes and procedures, implementation of SOX compliance programs
  • Support the Sr. Director in all aspects with assessing and addressing unusual transactions with appropriate treatment of technical accounting guidelines and implementation of such policy, including but nor limited to Stock Based Compensation, new accounting guidance such as ASC 842 and 606
  • Support the Sr, Director with all aspects of SEC reporting requirements, as requested
  • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure
  • Ensure an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close
  • Ensure the timely reporting of all monthly financial information
  • Consistently aims to create and development procedures while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Advises staff regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions
  • Work with the Sr. Director to ensure a clean and timely year end audit
  • Manage the general ledger to ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met
  • Assist in development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the financial controls of the Company
  • Support Sr. Director with tax compliance quarterly and annually
  • Acts as a liaison between the company and the external auditors in providing the required information and ensuring that proper information is maintained for historical purposes. Responsible for monthly reports and research
  • Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
  • Establish and promote productive working partnerships with internal stakeholders, third party service providers, and outside auditors as appropriate
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as directed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 8+ years of related experience with success in a growth company, with 2+ years in an Sr. Manger or Manager role
  • Public Accounting experience and CPA a plus
  • Accounting ERP experience. Preferably Oracle Fusion, Oracle EBS or another cloud platform
  • Strong understanding of US GAAP accounting and finance including solid understanding of SOX
  • Strong knowledge of accounting and financial reporting
  • Acumen for Technical Accounting
  • Exceptional skills in accuracy and organization, attention to detail
  • Strong written and communications skills, management proficiency, coordination, motivating others
  • Consistent performance to follow projects through to resolution
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to consistently work within fixed timeframes and meet deadlines. Proactive communicator with excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Must be capable of building strong relationships with colleagues
  • Maintain the highest standards of accuracy and precision; detail-oriented, highly-organized and resourceful
  • Exceptional work ethic, team mentality, positive attitude, highly-driven, self-motivated, and excellent business partnering skills
  • Passion for technology and genuine desire to make meaningful contributions on a team with big aspirations
  • Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint required
  • Previous experience in Life Sciences or Biopharma
  • Seniority Level
  • Mid-Senior level

AAP/EEO Statement
Assembly Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.