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Financial Controller
New York City, NY

Company

Neurogene exists to provide medicines to cure or substantially improve the lives of families and people living with neurological impairment. The day-to-day difficulty of caring for someone with a devastating neurologic disorder is a heavy burden for families, and we imagine a world where families no longer have to hear the message that their rare disease has no treatment. As an employee of Neurogene, you will be helping to make this dream a reality, and part of a culture of people in a start-up environment on a mission to make the world a better place!

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the role of Financial Controller is to ensure accuracy of the financial statements, prepare reporting, and safeguard the capital of Neurogene. This is a critical role as the development work will form the foundation for the finance function. The role requires an experienced candidate who is willing to operate at both a strategic and tactical level. Due to the startup phase of the organization, at times there will be high levels of ambiguity that will require an opened-minded, pragmatic approach and a willingness to get hands-on and put in place processes and structures. While aspects of this role require strong technical focus, the candidate will also need to partner with business colleagues and act as a trusted advisor. This competency is critical as the company will grow rapidly in 2019, requiring the support of the finance function to execute against the company objectives. The right combination of willingness, competence, and attitude is required to establish the credibility of the finance function with all internal and external customers.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage the operations of the general ledger accounting and accounts payable. departments, including the maintenance of associated master data structures (g.cost centers, chart of accounts, etc.).
  • Coordinate the month-end close and prepare financial statements for management, external stakeholders and the board of directors.
  • Prepare routine filings in accordance with U.S. GAAP for submission to local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Develop weekly cash flow forecasting process to ensure optimal allocation of surplus cash.
  • Ensure the accuracy of general ledger activity, ensuring that all reporting is in compliance with US GAAP. Identify and research technical accounting issues, ensuring that all reporting follow US GAAP. Review updates to accounting standards and make recommendations to align process and reporting.
  • Ensure timely review and prepare schedules for all balance sheet accounts, including weekly bank reconciliations and general ledger account reconciliation.
  • Complete variance analysis versus budgets and forecasts with supporting root cause analysis and feedback from management teams. Work collaboratively with management to update performance forecasts and reflect changes in the business plans.
  • Supervise the accounting support for the manufacturing site, helping to develop inventory and manufacturing reporting. Develop new processes and resolve internal queries from colleagues.
  • Provide direct support to all teams on finance applications, process, controls, and reporting, including on-boarding new employees to achieve a consistent understanding and approach across the organization.
  • Ensure productivity of day-to-day activities around accounts payable, cash disbursements, fixed assets, and general ledger accounting. Continually review finance and related processes, making recommendations to improve efficiency and robustness.
  • Coordinate audits with external auditors and manage the preparation of audit schedules, data, information, and financial statements.
  • Mange relationships with outside audit firms, casualty/liability insurance agents, and other providers, as appropriate.
  • Develop and monitor the control framework to ensure it is fit for purpose, efficient and sufficiently robust to support each stage of the company’s growth.
  • Act as the business application owner for financial and accounting systems. Serve as the project manager for any system upgrades or implementation projects, reviewing technical specification, user requirements, and developing project plans.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, and master’s degree in accounting/finance preferred.
  • Certified public accountant certification.
  • More than seven years of progressive accounting experience.
  • “Big 4” public accounting experience.
  • Strong technical knowledge of U.S. GAAP as it applies to the biotech/life sciences sector.
  • Life science and biotech industry knowledge.
  • Experience with SEC filing and IPO preparation.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and act as a business partner.
  • Ability to self-manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong investigative, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Coaching of colleagues to ensure compliance with company policies and processes.
  • Process development, documentation, and continuous improvement.
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