Director of Finance/Controller

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Feb 17, 2021
Administration, Finance
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Neurona Therapeutics is a biotechnology company based in South San Francisco created to develop cell-based therapies for neurological diseases.


Our Management Team is seeking an experienced Director of Finance/Controller to join us as the key finance and operational business partner for the organization.

  • Lead annual budget, forecasting, and long-range planning for the organization, including preparation of templates, meeting with functional heads and managing the budget Excel file.
  • Conduct the monthly close process and prepare timely and accurate financial statements and supporting documents, including journal entries, account reconciliations, and understanding variances from budgets and forecasts.
  • Oversee the day to day accounting operations including accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, payroll, and maintaining Accounting Systems.
  • Design and implement effective internal controls and processes to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting, integrity of data, and safeguarding of assets.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and assist in analyzing financial results.
  • Prepare quarterly/annual reports for investors and grant agencies.
  • Manage all aspects of financial audits.
  • Manage and coordinate Company's equity transactions, including stock options, valuations, and financings.
  • Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings, including preparation of sales/use tax returns and property tax returns, annual payroll, consultant and stock reporting forms, and coordinate with external tax accountants to prepare state and federal income tax returns.
  • Research technical accounting issues for compliance with GAAP.
  • Administer all aspects of stock option plan and maintain capitalization table.
  • Manage all aspects of payroll and accounting, including evaluation of current systems, recommend appropriate timing and systems that will scale with projected growth.
  • Manage implementation and maintenance of accounting software and train users.
  • Oversee treasury functions and cash flow management.
  • Administer purchasing system and coordinate with third-party purchasing agent.
  • Evaluate all corporate insurance needs, prepare annual renewals, and coordinate with broker. Prepare audit materials when requested.
  • Manage and lead certain operational functions, including purchasing and IT functions—internal staff and external consultants.

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships at all levels
  • Strong organizational and people skills, and an ability to work both autonomously and as a team member in a fast-paced environment; prior biotech experience desired
  • Strong communication skills including ability to present and communicate effectively at Board meetings
  • Deep knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite with expert knowledge of Excel
  • Experience with QuickBooks accounting system and ADP payroll system preferred
  • Strong analytical skills, high attention to detail and excellent problem-solving ability

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting required, and CPA or MBA preferred
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in accounting and finance
  • Broad operations experience highly desired
  • Biotech and public company experience preferred

Neurona Therapeutics is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment.