The Corporate Controller will lead the Accounting function of Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The position has overall responsibility for accounting close, internal controls, coordination of the audit and audit-related activities, treasury and tax compliance and reporting, insurance, policy development and implementation, and ERP systems.  This position reports to the Vice President, Finance and is based in Emeryville, California.


  • Supervise and mentor staff responsible for all day to day accounting activities;
  • Direct and manage accounting operations to ensure integrity and accuracy of financial statements. Ensure financial statements are consistent with U.S. GAAP and SEC regulations, including newly issued and emerging pronouncements;
  • Review monthly financial statements and trend analysis to ensure completeness and accuracy of results;
  • Responsible for risk and treasury management including insurance, treasury portfolio management and other compliance
  • Manage relationship with external and internal SOX auditors and oversee the annual audit and quarterly review process.
  • Manage third-party tax provider and review tax provision;
  • Provide technical accounting leadership on significant accounting transactions, including corporate development and collaboration agreement transactions;
  • Stay up-to-date on technical guidance relevant to pharmaceuticals industry;
  • Establish and maintain accounting policies and procedures;
  • Support operating teams and departments in the cost-effective operation of their groups;
  • Report to the Audit Committee on a regular basis on financial performance, accounting developments, policies, significant estimates and controls;
  • Partner with Director, SEC Reporting on external financial reporting and SEC filings;
  • Ability to lead, manage, and execute on special projects as needed within finance and accounting organization and across various Company functions;
  • Acts as trusted partner and colleague to organization;
  • Ensures compliance with corporate policies and procedures, as well as, US healthcare laws and regulations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent required, MBA a plus;
  • Licensed CPA required;
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience required, with demonstrated progression in roles and responsibilities in finance and accounting;
  • Extensive technical accounting experience required;
  • Experience in leading SOX 404(b) internal controls design and operating effectiveness test programs;
  • Commercial pharmaceutical / life sciences experience a plus;
  • Proven management and supervisory skills;
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to articulate Company’s financial results, accounting policies, and procedures;
  • Confident interacting with all levels of organization, including C-suite executives, project teams, and department managers;
  • Successful experience in fast-paced entrepreneurial environment;
  • Fit with Adamas culture and values.

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