Director, Accounting

Location
San Francisco, CA, United States
Posted
Oct 08, 2019
Ref
5014-810-R
Hotbed
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Director, Accounting to join the Finance & Accounting Team.

Directs the activities of general accounting functions. Develops, implements, and maintains systems, procedures and policies, including all general accounting functions. Ensures the accurate compilation, analysis and reporting of accounting data. 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.

Participates with other senior managers to establish strategic plans and objectives. Makes final decisions on administrative or operational matters and ensures operations effective achievement of objectives. Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the company. Participates in corporate development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and people. Ensures budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements. Regularly interacts with executives and/or major customers. Interactions frequently involve special skills, such as negotiating with customers or management or attempting to influence senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization. Directs and controls the activities of a broad functional area within the company. Has overall control of planning, staffing, budgeting, managing expense priorities, and recommending and implementing changes to methods. Responsible for developing and maintaining sound business accounting policies, practices and standards to meet regulatory and management requirements. Managing, planning, and forecasting GAAP management operating reporting. Directs the recording, consolidation, arrangement, reporting and preservation of all financial data. Provides accounting consultation, assistance and service to leadership and other internal customers. Directs the accounting, preparation, analysis and required filings of all relative financial statements and related data and exhibits. Directs the preparation, analysis and filing of financial statements and other reports for internal and external sources. Reviews, advises, counsels and participates actively concerning new systems developments and other systems related matters to ensure accuracy of all financial data. Provides advice, counsel and assistance concerning accounting policies and practices. Develops and maintains strong business relationships with decision makers of targeted accounts and government agencies. Plans, initiates, and conducts account negotiations. Maintains fiscal responsibility for operational budget. Responds to applicable inquiries from internal and external auditors and other regulatory agencies. Directs the preparation of special reports, analyses and financials as requested by management and external agencies. Oversees and ensures Company business is in accordance with all regulations and Company policy and procedures. May provide regular performance feedback, development and 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 13 years previous accounting experience, preferably in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry is required. A minimum of 8 years experience at an auditing company is highly preferred. A minimum of 8 years experience at a publicly traded company is highly preferred. May require a minimum of 10 years previous management experience. A thorough understanding of accounting principles is essential. 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. Previous corporate accounting experience is required. Must possess excellent computer and analytical skills with proficiency in Excel. Good communication skills both oral and written are required. Previous experience with JDE ERP, COGNOS reporting, and Adaytum software 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.