About Peptilogics: Leaders in Scalable, Rational Design

Peptilogics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that designs and develops novel peptide therapeutics. The company leverages machine learning, automation, and peptide synthesis to build platforms for science at scale. With its foundations in drug development and engineering, the company’s platforms vertically integrate proprietary hardware, software, bioinformatics, chemistry, and molecular biology to advance basic research, target validation, and clinical trials.

Position Overview

As a leader of the Finance team, the Corporate Controller will provide hands-on execution and administration of the accounting function and will work to establish strong financial controls and compliance. This position will execute the monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting close procedures and ensures the timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy of internal financial reporting to management. The position will also work directly with the CFO to support the SEC and external reporting functions.

Essential Functions

  • Manage specific projects and initiatives unique to a fast-growing biotechnology start-up, such as building strong internal controls, creating effective business processes and systems, and coordinating and oversee activities in accordance with established control
  • Lead all processes, prepare, and analyze the financial statements, department reports and supporting calculations
  • Primary responsibility for SEC reporting, including preparation of Forms 10-Q, 10-K, 8-K, proxy statement and related disclosures and MD&A, including XBRL compliance Oversee accuracy and completeness of all
  • Post monthly journal entries, perform or review account reconciliations, and variance analysis; maintain chart of accounts
  • Oversee the management of leases, contracts, consulting agreements, venture debt financing arrangements and other financial commitments
  • Lead technical accounting for revenue, stock compensation, and related areas
  • Manage compliance with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Lead the quarterly and annual SOX and financial statement audit, preparing schedules as requested by internal and external auditors, coordinating timing of year-end financial statement audit, and responding to auditor inquiries
  • Responsible for all external reporting, tax return preparation and special tax analyses conducted by external advisors
  • Supervise cash, A/R, A/P, payroll, fixed assets, and accruals
  • Manage R&D accounting including but not limited to consolidation of accounts, R&D fluctuation analysis by segments (e.g., subsidiaries, programs, phases, etc.), as well as R&D related general ledger account fluctuation analysis
  • Oversee the Company’s accounting operations including but not limited to: building control systems, transaction-processing operations, and policies and procedures; working closely with departmental team on clinical trial management, from contract/site budget preparation to payment of clinical invoices, to quarterly accounting accrual; and managing finance approval of clinical trial site budgets, with a focus on cost effective budgets that accommodate efficient accrual and payment processes
  • License milestone accounting and tracking, including working with third-party specialists
  • Lead the Company’s budgeting process with deep understanding of budgeting and the relationships between budget formulation, budget execution, and accounting
  • Manage financial communications with collaborators, including budgets, forecasts, and invoicing
  • Participate in negotiations/diligence for various contracts, including leases, asset purchases, and collaborations
  • Coordinate insurance renewals and financial analysis of related renewals
  • Work Safety – Ensures that all tasks and functions of position are always performed in a safe manner and that all procedures and requirements are properly followed to accomplish assigned tasks
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • BA/BS degree and CPA or equivalent required; advanced degree preferred
  • 8-10 years’ experience required; biotech experience preferred
  • Experience managing relationships with external auditors
  • Financial systems and process improvement experience
  • Familiarity with NetSuite strongly preferred
  • Proven experience working in a team under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Experience and familiarity with R&D accounting preferred
  • Strong technical accounting and research skills - ability to research and conclude on complex accounting issues, including revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, contingencies and debt agreements and amendments with a thorough knowledge of U.S. GAAP, SOX, and SEC reporting standards
  • Strong leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to clearly and informatively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to communicate clearly and thrive in a fast-paced team environment
  • Ability to analyze a system, determine areas in need of improvement, and implement solutions to improve usability, reliability, security, and performance
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to act with integrity and professionalism to ensure that all business is conducted without bias or prejudice
  • Composure, positivity, flexibility, organizational skills, and time management ability necessary to succeed in a performance-driven environment
  • Ability to work well independently and without close supervision, keeping focused on short- and long-term objectives
  • Must be very detail oriented and able to plan and prioritize a workload with competing priorities
  • Ability to distill a reasonable solution with limited information and/or unclear guidance
  • Ability to follow directions and meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information

Diversity & Inclusion: Our Foundation for Innovation

At Peptilogics, diversity, inclusion and equality are embedded in our DNA. Together, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, the Peptilogics team envisions a workplace where all employees feel valued and respected. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants as we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our team members. 

Peptilogics is committed to serving as a model of diversity and inclusion for the entire biotech and biopharmaceutical industry and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all. It fuels our innovation, reinforces our vision, and more closely connects us to the communities we serve.

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