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Technical Accounting Manager

Position Summary:                     
Achaogen is seeking a high-performing professional to join our Finance organization. The position reports to the Assistant Controller, and will be a key role in ensuring the Company’s financial reports are accurate, complete and consistent with accounting and regulatory rules. This individual will also review contracts and agreements to determine the proper accounting and draft relevant accounting memos for significant transactions, as well as assist in the revenue recognition accounting process, including implementing the upcoming revenue recognition standard. As the Finance organization is growing, this individual will have the opportunity to expand their responsibilities. The successful candidate must possess both strong operational experience as well as a technical accounting background. That person will also demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to manage growing processes and organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with the Assistant Controller to meet SEC reporting requirements, including ensuring financing statements are consistent with U.S. GAAP and preparing footnote disclosures and management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for Forms 10-Q, 10-K, 8-K, S-3, S-8 and proxy.
  • Assist in the Revenue Recognition accounting process, including developing a solid understanding of the business model in order to appropriately apply technical accounting guidance and GAAP interpretations.
  • Review contracts and agreements, research relevant accounting guidance and determine disclosure requirements for complex non-routine transactions, including but not limited to the areas of revenue recognition, estimated fair value of securities, leases, debt and equity financing.
  • Prepare technical accounting memorandums summarizing technical accounting issues and application of accounting guidance for significant transactions and support the review process with finance management and external auditors.
  • Responsible for monthly close process assisting team with preparation and review of any journal entries and account analysis relevant to the significant transactions.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of SOX compliant internal controls for the financial reporting and close process in preparation of SOX 404(b) compliance.
  • Participate in special finance and systems projects.


Required Experience/Education:

●      Five to eight years of progressive working experience in accounting industry

●      Minimum B.S. degree in Accounting or related field


Preferred Education/Experience:

●      Prior experience in Pharma/Biotech industry is certainly a plus.

●      Big 4 public accounting experience

●      Demonstrated experience in external reporting (SEC 10-K, 10-Q, etc.) and ensuring compliance with SOX requirements, including the design and operating effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting.

●      Experience with drafting accounting memorandums on complex and/or technical transactions.

●      CPA license preferred


Additional Skills:

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical users.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
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