Manager R&D Accounting

San Francisco, CA, United States
Jan 12, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Position Summary:

The Accounting Manager is an integral part of a growing accounting team and oversee the accounting of all R&D and commercial aspects of the Company's operations. This position currently reports directly to the Director of Accounting Operations but will partner extensively with Financial Planning & Analysis team to ensure thorough understanding of various initiatives and timely completion of tasks. A successful candidate is someone who is articulate, professional, and understands the ins and outs of wearing multiple hats at a growing organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Month-end closing task management and execution to ensure timely and accurate completion of the R&D and Commercial accrual tasks
  • Ensure accurate month-end close accruals for research and development and commercial
  • Prepare and/or review journal entries for key areas of responsibility including accruals, ensuring month-end close metrics are delivered with excellence
  • Support the completion of financial statement fluctuation analysis to summarize financial results for R&D and commercial related activity
  • General ledger account reconciliation preparation, review, and follow-up on open items
  • Liaise between accounting team members and R&D FP&A regarding the periodic activity under review and provide guidance on proper determination of U.S. GAAP expense recognition, accrual accuracy and disclosures
  • Support R&D and Commercial FP&A team on forecasting and budget planning
  • Support interim and year end audit process (internal and external)
  • Drive closure of any internal/ external audit points raised on a timely basis
  • Identify opportunities to reduce the accounting close process, enhance existing procedures and opportunities to improve the utilization of our financial system tools
  • Prepare and/or update standard operating procedures for assigned areas
  • Adherence to Sarbanes Oxley controls


  • BA/BS Degree in Accounting, CPA preferred
  • 5 + years of experience in R&D area desired
  • Experience in Pharmaceuticals/ Biotechnology industry is a strong plus
  • Public accounting experience a plus
  • Experience with ERP systems especially NetSuite
  • An aptitude for learning and managing ERP data structures and reporting capabilities
  • Superior analytical and modeling skills including advanced proficiency in Excel and the ability to quickly manipulate and analyze large data sets and build reports
  • Strong work ethic including sound judgement, outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work independently
  • Able to work with high volume of transactions in a fast-paced environment
  • Results and goal-oriented mindset with an opportunistic eye towards process improvements
  • Strong ability to prioritize and organize work effectively
  • Must be able to collaborate and communicate effectively

Fit with GBT culture:

  • Ability to build strong relationships with co-workers of various backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to function at a high level in a team setting whether leading the group or acting as an individual contributor
  • Values-based leadership consistent with GBT's Core Values
  • Excitement about the vision and mission of GBT
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity

NOTE: This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Global Blood Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.