Director, Accounting

Feb 24, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sana Biotechnology, Inc. is seeking a talented and dynamic Director, Accounting to support the accounting function as the Company transitions from a private company to a public company, including supporting the implementation of the Company's first SOX compliance program, supporting the month-end close by reviewing journal entries and account reconciliations, reviewing payroll, and providing other accounting operations support as needed. This individual must possess the skills to understand business processes and have experience with process flow mapping, design and documentation of controls, implementing process improvements, controls testing, evaluation of control deficiencies, and remediation plans. This individual must also have experience in accounting operations.

  • Support the implementation of the Company's first SOX compliance program (including financial statement mapping, identifying/validating key controls, walkthroughs, and control testing)
  • Review and streamline portions of the month-end close, payroll, and other accounting duties as assigned
  • Develop and maintain documentation, including process flowcharts/narratives and evaluate controls as processes change and/or new systems are implemented
  • Interact with internal and external auditors ensuring timely, reliable, and accurate responses to queries; ensure accurate documentation of controls and adherence to accounting policies.
  • Coordinate with internal and external auditors on SOX planning, walkthroughs, and control testing
  • Partner with the Sr. Director, IT on IT controls including facilitating the testing of the quarterly accounting system upgrades; and supporting the SOX controls required for implementation of new systems
  • Perform SOC-1 analysis for relevant systems
  • Leverage industry and functional technical expertise to effectively engage with leaders in proactively identify risks associated with corporate accounting operations processes; develop risk mitigation plans and implement appropriate controls
  • Lead initiatives to simplify, standardize, and automate the financial close process
  • Manage internal audit consultants and optimize their engagement according to the budget


Basic Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting
  • 10+ years of accounting experience at a combination of Big 4 audit and publicly traded companies. Biotechnology or life sciences industry preferred
  • Strong understanding of COSO framework and Sarbanes- Oxley, and experience applying the COSO framework in a manner that supports SOX compliance and operational efficiencies.
  • Strong understanding of GAAP
  • Collaborative and consultative approach to building process discipline and financial controls in a publicly held company
  • Ability to plan, manage, and complete regular and special projects associated with general ledger and account reconciliation responsibilities. Must be able to analyze accounting processes, procedures, and controls, and suggest and implement improvements
  • Knowledge of IT applications and controls, and experience with cloud ERP applications, Microsoft Dynamics 365 preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, influence, and communications skill with the proven ability to communicate effectively across all departments and levels of the organization
  • Is flexible and adaptable - Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented environment where results are achieved through influence, cooperation, and the incorporation of multiple points of view
  • Proven capability to appropriately challenge status quo, drive and support innovation
  • Demonstrate Sana's core values (Lead from every seat, Thrive as a team, Make it happen)