ShapeTX® is pioneering the field of programmable RNA medicines to repair the genetic causes of diseases. By merging innovations in AI and RNA technology to generate and analyze hundreds of billions of therapeutic possibilities, ShapeTX is developing breakthroughs in RNA editing, next-generation AAVs, and disruptive gene therapy manufacturing. The ShapeTX platform enables pharma innovators to design treatments across a wide range of diseases, including rare genetic disorders as well as debilitating conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and many more. You can find us at shapetx.com and on LinkedIn and Twitter.

At ShapeTX, we are a dynamic team of professionals who are dedicated and passionate about making cures a reality. Through diversity of thought, scientific knowledge, professional rigor and focus we are merging cutting-edge science with extensive drug development expertise to unlock cures to many debilitating diseases.

Shape Therapeutics is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with a satellite site in Boston, Massachusetts.


Position Overview 

ShapeTX is seeking a Senior Technical Accountant with strong analytical skills and a deep understanding of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to join its growing Finance organization at its Seattle, WA headquarters. This role will report to the Director of Accounting and requires the ability to interpret and apply GAAP standards to complex accounting transactions. If you are passionate about accounting and SOX compliance, this role offers an exciting opportunity to spearhead accounting projects and to closely collaborate with leadership on control implementation. This is also an excellent opportunity for someone looking to transition from public accounting into a corporate environment.  

What You’ll Do

  • Assist in preparation of the Company’s annual financial statements and related schedules  
  • Lead technical accounting research and drafting of memorandums on wide-ranging topics (revenue, leases, stock-based compensation, equity, debt, etc.)  
  • Responsible for analysis and accounting of stock-based compensation, equity, and review of valuation reports 
  • Maintain and update the accounting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and industry best practices 
  • Support the annual audit and interim review activities with the external auditors 
  • Assist in the preparation of reports for the audit committee and management 
  • Lead the design, implementation, and testing of internal controls over financial reporting, ensuring effectiveness and alignment with SOX requirements 
  • Continuously monitor internal controls and collaborate cross-functionally to identify and address gaps and inefficiencies 
  • Serve as a resource to the accounting team on technical accounting matters, providing guidance and training as needed to ensure accurate financial reporting and compliance 
  • Support the FP&A team in the annual budget and ongoing forecasting processes 

What you Bring

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA certification required 
  • 10+ years of accounting experience. Minimum 5+ years in technical accounting, financial reporting, and compliance 
  • Thorough knowledge of US GAAP, SEC regulations, and other accounting standards (e.g., ASC 606, ASC 808, ASC 842, 409a valuations) 
  • Must have participated in some capacity in internal control design and testing, including SOX compliance 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong ownership mentality and a continuous learning mindset 
  • Proficiency in accounting software (NetSuite) and Microsoft Excel 

 Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 2+ years of Public Accounting experience at a leading firm 
  • Experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry 
  • Experience with Workday Adaptive Planning software a plus 

Compensation & Benefits 

ShapeTX offers a robust benefits package, including but not limited to:  

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents 
  • 12 paid Holidays plus a one-week winter break at year end.  
  • We are proud to offer a competitive paid parental leave benefit for all parents to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child. We will also partner to create a supportive plan of return.  
  • An annual employee stipend for employees to use however they choose 
  • Flex Paid Time Off program (allowing flexible PTO for vacation, sick leave, and other purposes)  
  • Company paid Long Term Disability 
  • Employees are eligible to enroll in our Company’s voluntary 401k plan, voluntary Life/AD&D, and Voluntary FSA’s.   

The salary range for the Senior Technical Accountant is $110,000-$166,000. The hired candidate's placement within the salary range will be determined through a comprehensive evaluation, including interviews, a review of education, experience, qualifications, and abilities, while ensuring equity with other team members. Our total rewards package may also include an annual target bonus, sign-on bonus, equity grant, and relocation bonus. 

Equal Opportunity Employment 

ShapeTX provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, familial or marital status, religion, age, disability or any other class or status protected by applicable laws.  

We aspire to Shape Life! not only through our science, but also through our commitment to foster an inclusive environment that supports diverse perspectives and experiences.  

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