Senior Accountant

Emeryville, CA, United States
Jul 30, 2019
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

At Santen, we're innovating therapies to improve the quality of life for patients worldwide. Our single focus in ophthalmology enables us to challenge unmet needs in the field-through passionate research, successful collaboration, and clarity of commitment. With over 130 years of investigative insight, Santen remains committed to the discovery, exploration, and development of ophthalmic therapies. As a global company, Santen is expanding to accommodate new and evolving initiatives in ophthalmic research, regulatory management, production, marketing, or distribution. Our clinical development network spans three continents, with centers in Europe, Japan, and the United States.

We are in search of top talent to help us meet our aggressive and important goals.


This position supports key company-wide accounting activities with a focus on R&D and Canadian services. This position supports the Accounting Manager, the Finance and Accounting department, business agreement managers, and other related functions within the company. This position partners with all functions in a manner which ensures regulatory compliance, establishes best practices, standardizes and optimizes process efficiency, and minimizes business risks. This position can also act as a backup for the Accounts Payable and Procurement functions.


  • Verify and process vendor invoices in a compliant fashion, including enforcement of company policies, the correct application of coding, and the integration of invoice files and data between multiple systems.
  • Coordinate between Accounting, Procurement, and business agreement managers to resolve invoicing matters.
  • Maintain vendor invoice electronic and physical files and registers, ensuring consistency between multiple systems.
  • Maintain and reconcile the company's fixed asset register and processes.
  • Compile and issue internal intercompany processes related to intercompany service level agreements and loans.
  • Manage the company's North American corporate card program, processing expenses to ensure compliance and accuracy.
  • Validate contracts, Purchase Orders (PO), goods & services receive with the vendors' invoices
  • Responsible for Order To Cash (OTC), AR/Collection, AR aging reporting.
  • Responsible for Gross To Net (GTN) revenue recognition in accordance to ASC606
  • Maintain and reconcile inventory balances.
  • Coordinate intercompany transactions with trading partners.
  • Train new and existing employees on user-facing systems and procedures.
  • Act as backup for Accounts Payable (AP) and Procurement functions.
  • Support various month-end close and reconciliation activities.QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field of study; or equivalent Accounts Payable/Contracts/Procurement experience.
  • Minimum of 8 years accounting experience. Pharmaceutical or biotech industry experience preferred.
  • Must have some knowledge of IFRS15 and ASC 606.
  • Experience with global team management and frequent interactions with global teams a strong plus.
  • Skilled in use of invoicing and ERP software packages (preferably Coupa and SAP).
  • Must have excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal/group skills.
  • High degree of computer proficiency, preferably in MS Office environment.
  • Highly detail-oriented.
  • Adaptable to changing regulatory environments and SOPs.
  • Flexible team player with the ability to work in a changing environment.
  • Must exercise good judgment regarding routine and non-routine assignments.
  • Present business cases, talk to people, collaborate with business partners, effective present ideas and concepts
  • Independently problem solve (provactive)
  • Ability to work with auditors
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with people from different cultures (e.g., Europeans, Japanese).

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