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Director, Technical Accounting

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Job Description

Director, Technical Accounting

The Director of Technical Accounting is a dynamic role in which the right candidate will be able to continue his/her growth and development by being exposed to, and working as a key advisor on various complex transactions, and through developing working relationships with cross-functional partners including Treasury, Tax, FP&A, International Finance, Commercial, and others.  The Director of Technical Accounting works with various levels of management and conducts/oversees technical research and accounting documentation over complex technical matters, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing and collaborations, financial due diligence, and revenue recognition.

Essential Functions

  • Act as Subject Matter Expert on US GAAP and accounting policy matters to various levels of management.
  • Ensure appropriate documentation of accounting treatment of complex and highly judgmental areas, including analysis, relevant literature and conclusions.
  • Create and maintain accounting policies and drive the adoption of certain new standards
  • Key advisor in the operational side of complex areas (e.g., for the timely and accurate preparation of journal entries and financial reports in accordance with US GAAP).
  • Serve as the internal technical accounting resource to key business leaders throughout the Company during contract negotiation.
  • Assist in the preparation and review of SEC filings and other public disclosures related to material transactions.
  • Consistently maintains appropriate internal controls and upholds Company policies & procedures.
  • Interacts successfully with internal and external auditors and supports quarter end, interim and year-end audits by providing timely & accurate data and communication.
  • Evaluates processes and recommends & implements process improvements.
  • Develop and/or provide technical accounting trainings to various groups within the Company.
  • Participate in special projects, as required.

Keys to success in this role include

  • Have an affinity for and experience with authoritative accounting literature and a desire to research deeply in order to solve technical issues
  • Client service attitude, and the ability to become a trusted business partner to the cross functional teams
  • Well-organized, with experience successfully leading projects, and an established history as a planner that does not miss deadlines
  • Established history of strong written and verbal communication skills, with a strength for producing polished memos that are clear and concise.
  • Strong alignment with the mission and culture of the Company
  • Self-starter that is able to solve problems independently and works proactively to identify, advocate for and execute improvements
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • BA or BS degree in accounting or equivalent and 8 to 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • An MBA/CPA/Chartered Accountant qualification is preferred.
  • Experience in biotech or pharmaceuticals industry a plus.
  • Experience in multi-national organization a plus.
  • In depth knowledge of US GAAP and general accounting policies and procedures required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft tools (Excel, Outlook, and Word) required. 

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