Assistant Controller

South San Francisco, CA
Jul 05, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

LOCATION: South San Francisco or REMOTE

Department: Finance                                

REPORTS TO: Sr. Director Corporate Controller

Day One was founded to address a critical unmet need: children with cancer are being left behind in a cancer drug development revolution. Our name was inspired by the “The Day One Talk” that physicians have with patients and their families about an initial cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. We aim to re-envision cancer drug development and redefine what’s possible for all people living with cancer—regardless of age—starting from Day One. 


As Assistant Controller, you will work closely with the Controller to lead many aspects of accounting management, drive the formulation of internal controls and policies and lead preparation of financial statements. You will be key in implementing key financial close and general ledger systems. You will be key in leading and building the accounting team. You will utilize your existing accounting skills and knowledge, learn new skills, and play a key role in guiding the growth of the Accounting department.



  • Management of accounting for manufacturing, non-clinical, consulting and general administrative accruals
  • Oversee the monthly close process including account reconciliations for balance sheet and income statement accounts
  • Review monthly financial statements and trend analyses to ensure that all results are proper and prepared in accordance with US GAAP guidelines
  • Oversight of multi-entity structure, intercompany and consolidations
  • Manage payroll for company
  • Manage AP function and external team
  • Manage tax requests related to the provision and schedules needed for R&D tax credit
  • Support controller with external financial audits
  • Assist with build of accounting team; supervise team
  • Maintain accounting and reporting policies
  • Support implementation of finance systems including but not limited to T&E reporting, Procurement, and accounting close software
  • Support and be a key player in the company’s SOX environment including helping develop, maintain, and document internal controls; mange vendor hired to help support this function
  • Assist in preparation of US GAAP financial statements and footnotes and other SEC filings; manage external vendor that currently supports this
  • Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to participating in special projects, system improvements or ad hoc analyses/projects as assigned



  • Requires Bachelor and/or Master’s degree in accounting
  • CPA preferred but not required


  • Strong US GAAP and compliance experience
  • Public company, biotech industry experience required
  • Requires minimum 8 years of related experience
  • Hands-on experience in managing general ledger related functions, including familiarity with accounting software such as QuickBooks Online, Intacct or similar


  • Strong work ethic
  • Energy to commit to a fast-paced environment
  • Must be detail oriented yet not lost in the details
  • Strong analytical skill
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Self-starter with ability to prioritize workload
  • A team player and able to influence, train and mentor staff to achieve objectives


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.