Senior Manager, Accounting (SM21-266)

South San Francisco, CA
Apr 29, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Catalyst Biosciences is seeking an exceptional Senior Manager, Accounting who is responsible for month-end/quarter-end close process and manages day-to-day activities for payroll and accounting payable. This role will supervise one AP accountant and report to the Controller.


Catalyst is a research and clinical development biopharmaceutical company focused on addressing unmet medical needs in disorders of the complement and coagulation systems. Our protease engineering platform includes two late-stage clinical programs in hemophilia; a research program on engineering of subcutaneous (SQ) complement inhibitors; and a partnered preclinical development program with Biogen for dry age-related macular degeneration (“AMD”). The product candidates generated by our protease engineering platform have improved functionality and potency that allow for: SQ administration of recombinant coagulation factors and complement inhibitors; low-dose, high activity gene therapy constructs; and less frequently dosed intravitreal therapeutics. For more information, please visit

  • Responsible for close activities including reviewing or preparing journal entries and reconciliations for various transactions and accounts.
  • Management of accounting for manufacturing, non-clinical, clinical, consulting, and general administrative accruals.
  • Oversee the monthly close process including account reconciliations/analyses for balance sheet and income statement accounts.
  • Oversee accounts payable function.
  • Develop and manage the process for lab supply procurement.
  • Perform payroll and 401(k) administration functions and related accounting.
  • Prepare and file business property tax, 1099, sales & use tax and W-2 filings.
  • Review monthly financial statements and trend analyses to ensure that all results are proper and prepared in accordance with US GAAP.
  • Prepare audit requests and assist in the research and analysis of audit inquiries.
  • Manage cash balances to ensure appropriate funding levels for operating needs.
  • Through constant evaluation, ensure the training, growth, and development of team members.
  • Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to participating in special projects, system improvements or ad hoc analyses/projects as assigned.

**Title and level to commensurate with education and experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics
  • CPA and/or MBA preferred.
  • 7-10+ years of accounting, finance, and operations experience with at least 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Excellent working knowledge of US GAAP Experience with Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) documentation and requirements.
  • Payroll processing experience/ADP Workforce Now
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail, decision-making, problem-solving, time management, and organizational skills
  • Pro-active, self-starter with ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Life science / biotech experience a plus
  • Systems-savvy
  • Experience with NetSuite
  • Team player