Controller/Vice President of Finance

Sarasota, FL
Jul 17, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Akron Biotech has an exciting new career opportunity available for an experienced finance professional as Controller of our Finance organization. This position will report to the CEO and be a dynamic, hands-on leader who can serve as the strategic financial partner to the Akron Biotech leadership team.



Leadership and execution of all Finance activities for the company including business partnering, planning, forecasting, financial reporting, compliance, analysis & decision support, audit & risk management.

Participate in setting business strategy for the company, lead business reviews, challenge the status quo, shape and influence direction by delivering meaningful insights, integrated decision support, predictive scenario planning and change solutions.

Work collaboratively with site leadership team to provide financial insights on manufacturing performance, risks and opportunities, predictive scenario planning, new products, and transformation initiatives.

Maintain adequate internal controls, accounting policies and timely monthly close processes with tight deadlines

Meet the fiduciary and statutory responsibilities and obligations, overseeing statutory reporting and compliance requirements including period-end reporting, technical US GAAP accounting, external audit, insurance and tax return submissions where required.

Illustrate the business story beyond the numbers through impactful presentations to senior management.

Drive a rigorous budget planning and forecasting process including production costs, margin analysis, variances, capex, operational expenses, inventory and headcount.

Establish strong relationships within the Finance and cross-functional teams. Ability to effectively articulate ideas and problem-solve across a variety of settings.

Create an environment that inspires people to do their best and is aligned with the Company’s values.

Remain abreast of important business updates and understand the implications and risks.

Advise on and influence change management, participate in the planning and implementation of organizational changes.

Focus on priorities that deliver results and elevate the capabilities of the organization.

Possess advanced analytical and critical thinking skills demonstrating the ability to problem-solve, make informed recommendations, based on monthly financial results and predictive analysis.

Minimizes complexity, translates complex decisions and change initiatives into prioritized and integrated processes.



BA/BS Degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA or MBA preferred.

Minimum of 10 years’ accounting/finance experience with 7+ years in a senior management role; must have experience leading the Finance function and managing senior level financial management team members.

Experience in the life science industry and private equity is highly preferred.

Strong background in US GAAP, cost accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis.

Ability to effectively influence and drive consensus across cross-functional teams, manage projects and ability to interact with senior management.

Strong analytical skill with the ability to analyze and understand large amounts of data to support decision-making

Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to persuasively convey critical elements of complex issues.

Experience in identifying and implementing process improvements affecting other stakeholders.

Advanced financial modeling experience.

Expert level MS Office capabilities. SAP experience is highly preferred.

Ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.

Demonstrates a sense of urgency, proactive thinking, and productivity in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and team-oriented environment.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Previous experience in a high growth or start up environment a plus.