Senior Accountant

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

LOCATION: South San Francisco or Remote


REPORTS TO: Sr. Director Corporate Controller (temporary) / Assistant Controller (perm)

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.


The Senior Accountant will be responsible for a wide variety of accounting responsibilities. The position requires that the candidate be a hands-on professional with a strong understanding of the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and financial reporting. Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills and desire and ability to maintain strong SOX-compliant processes are also important. This position reports to the Senior Director, Finance & Corporate Controller for a short period of time while the Assistant Controller joins the company. The role requires the Sr. Accountant to produce high-quality work while maintaining professionalism, attention to detail, an internal control mindsight, and the highest degree of integrity. An ability to communicate with internal clinical trial team members as well as external business partners is essential.



• Responsible for monthly, quarterly, and annual close procedures

• Prepare and coordinate month-end accrual estimates, including reviewing new and amended contracts to determine appropriate accounting treatment in areas like CMC, legal, G&A, Medical Affairs, and others

• Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders regarding costs and activities incurred

• Perform monthly bank reconciliations and daily cash postings

• Prepare journal entries and assist in account reconciliations

• Manage semi-monthly payroll, reporting, PEO

• Maintain inventory standard costs and ensure proper reporting and valuation

• Track and prepare State & Local business tax returns like Franchise, Property, and Sales & Use

• Help ensure that internal controls are operating as designed 

• Respond to internal and external audit requests, as required

• Participate in special projects and perform other related duties as assigned

• Manage lease accounting reconciliations and entries

• Manage fixed asset reconciliation and entries

• Manage prepaid, accrued expenses and other balance sheet and income statement reconciliations

• Assist with systems implementation projects 

• Ad hoc requests as needed




• Requires Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting

• Advanced degree MBA a plus


• Requires 3-5 years of Finance and Accounting experience

• Previous biotech or pharma experience required

• Previous Project Accounting experience a plus

• Strong General Ledger knowledge

• Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)

• Strong knowledge and understanding of financial analysis and modeling

• Ability to recognize and address data integrity issues


• Proficient in Excel

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to listen & build relationships

• Results orientated. High energy, self-starter

• Strong analytical and process improvement skills

• Highly collaborative and a strong team player

• Ability to adjust / function in ambiguity and solve problems in such an environment

• Understands the unique needs of their audiences and tailors the message accordingly


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.