Vice President, Finance

Location: Emeryville, CA
Department: Finance

Position Summary

The Vice President of Finance / Accounting reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for leading the global financial reporting and operations for this international, commercial-stage biopharma Company. She/he will drive execution and oversee a group managing internal and external reporting of revenue, operating expenses, inventory and cost accounting, cash and asset management, expense and tax reporting, general accounting operations and financial analysis, risk management, and international financial statutory compliance.  The VP Finance oversees monthly and quarterly financial statement preparation, internal and external financial reporting, including compliance with accounting standards and regulatory requirements, e.g. SEC, internal, Sarbanes Oxley.  The ideal candidate will be proactive, self-motivated, diligent, and will possess strong team building, interpersonal, organizational, and business skills to complement her/his analytical and financial accounting acumen.

Essential Duties and responsibilities

The Vice President of Finance / Accounting plays a central and leadership role in the Company’s global financial management and operations.  Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Lead, develop and manage a highly effective finance team to accomplish department and Company annual and long-term goals by driving operational performance and attracting, coaching, developing and retaining top talent;
  • Oversee accounting operations including financial reporting, cash management, internal controls, and international statutory reporting;
  • Support the CFO in financing, investment, and cash management activities, and periodic updates to investor relations communications;
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders throughout the Company, including functional leaders and business units to establish and serve as a key adviser in the Company by providing decision, business, and financial analysis in support of the Company’s strategic, operational, and financial objectives;
  • Oversee preparation of all SEC financial reporting, including current, quarterly and annual filings and ensure compliance with technical financial accounting, such that all financial transactions are recorded in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
  • Ensure the proper accounting policies, procedures and internal controls, including purchasing controls, are in place to safeguard the assets of the Company and ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley;
  • Oversee the production of materials and present quarterly results to the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee, as well as give other presentations to both internal and external audiences as needed;
  • Manage the Company’s insurance policies, including updates for clinical and commercial exposure, and annual renewals;
  • Oversee tax management, including supporting the development and implementation of key tax strategies, international structures, use of NOLs, State tax planning and transaction structures;
  • Provide financial due diligence for merger and acquisition activities, corporate partnerships, licensing activities and other special projects. Manage financial and accounting aspects of these transactions;
  • Support corporate contracting negotiations, including corporate development, commercial, operations and research and development contracting initiatives; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Core Competencies, Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Strategic business partner with ability to accurately frame and integrate strategic and tactical initiatives, anticipate future consequences and trends and collaborate effectively with senior management;
  • Strong knowledge of finance, financial reporting, accounting and control principles including GAAP and other highly technical accounting skills in a public company.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment;
  • Robust experience with biotechnology and pharma industry, international commercial finance experience preferred;
  • Experience working with an international corporate structure.
  • Proven leadership and consensus building skills.  Mature leader with cross functional leadership experience and ability to establish strong connection/teamwork with cross functional departments. 
  • Results and goal oriented with ability to demonstrate excellent judgment.  Highly collaborative, perceptive, and shows prudent analysis in problem solving.
  • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems such as NetSuite, along with advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively tailor communication to varying levels within the organization;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work well with and effectively influence others


Education:  Bachelors degree, CPA, MBA, CMA or similar preferred

Experience: 15+ years in finance and accounting with demonstrated successful leadership in a supervisory/manager role in a public company


  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Regularly required to sit for long periods of time, and occasionally stand and walk
  • Regularly required to use hands to operate computer and other office equipment
  • Occasional travel required