Manager, Accounting

San Francisco, CA, United States
Nov 21, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Manager, Accounting to join their Finance team.

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Manages 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. This position contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.

Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s). Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business trends. Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Develops and administers schedules, performance requirements and metrics. May have budget responsibilities. Supports the monthly consolidation and closing of the financial reporting records by assuming responsibility to independently complete specific and significant activities. Ensures the accuracy of financial and management reporting by independently completing trend analyses and reconciliation of balance sheet balances with transaction ledgers. Maintains the organization of accounts, departments and projects within the accounting systems to support all requested reporting. Reviews the accuracy of financial reports by analyzing variances between actuals and plan for significant and unusual activity. Assesses areas in which additional accruals may be necessary to cover the Company's business activities. Develops and maintains reports to support financial reporting, management requests and needs for analysis. Interfaces with the external auditors to explain the Company's financial reporting and accounting policies while satisfying the auditors' requests for analysis. Manages and coordinates the preparation and compilation of financial schedules for annual income tax and other tax returns. Maintains working knowledge of new GAAP pronouncements to recommend changes to procedures and reporting in order to achieve compliance. Supports any computer system enhancements and implementations that might impact the financial and management reporting. Responsible for monitoring internal controls to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting and recommends corrective actions. Performs other special projects related to analysis and activities requested by management. 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 8 years previous accounting experience, preferably in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry is required. Previous corporate accounting experience is required. A minimum of 4 years experience in public accounting is highly preferred. 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 JDE ERP and Business Objects reporting 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.