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Senior Manager of SEC Reporting and SOX

Company: Axcella Health
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Job Description:

Axcella is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the research and development of novel multi-targeted interventions to treat complex diseases and improve health. Our product candidates are generated from our proprietary, human?focused development platform and harness the power of endogenous metabolic modulators (EMMs), a broad family of molecules that fundamentally impact and regulate human metabolism.

We are growing quickly as we advance in the clinic, and we are seeking exceptional people to join our team.  We value bright minds, collaborative spirits and a willingness to think outside the box.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a key member of the Finance organization supporting a dynamic, fast-moving biotechnology company. Under the leadership of the Corporate Controller, this role will lead all aspects of the external reporting process including the preparation and submission of all SEC filings and establishing SOX 404. S/he will also assist with the implementation of technical accounting pronouncements and partner on the financial management of the company.

Responsibilities Lead the company’s external reporting process, preparation and filing of SEC filings (10Qs, 10Ks), providing for the timely and accurate filing in compliance with authoritative accounting guidance and regulations, including: The coordination, review and maintenance of work papers supporting the Company’s quarterly and annual financial statements filed with the SEC; Management of the company’s internal controls over financial reporting framework; and Researching, documenting and communicating new GAAP, SEC and other disclosure issues

Ensure that the company’s accounting procedures and reported results confirm to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Providing technical accounting support to the organization as required, including primary responsibility for managing all aspects of technical accounting analysis and financial evaluations of potential licensing arrangements, investments, acquisitions, and other business opportunities.

Establish SOX 404 program including risk assessment, design and implement internal controls, and measure design and operating effectiveness.

Support and adhere to strong internal control policies and procedures, including identifying areas for improvement that support efficient and timely SEC filing

Collaborate with other finance and business stakeholders to support department initiatives, including implementations of accounting-related systems/applications and process improvements

Support the financial audits, including the preparation of PBCs (prepared by client schedules) for the audits and to support our SEC filings

Establish and maintain strong business partnerships with key counterparts including, FP&A, Procurement, and functional business owners

Assist in the development of departmental initiatives and goals and the strategies to achieve those initiatives and goals

Partnering with outside advisors, vendors, consultants and legal to meet tax requirements and optimizing legal and capital structures.

Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Accounting and CPA required, with strong knowledge of GAAP, SEC reporting requirements and relevant accounting and financial concepts; Big 4 accounting audit firm experience preferred

A minimum of 7-10 years of public accounting and/or industry experience in a public company (biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device preferred)

Ability to apply judgment and is solutions oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to combine attention to detail with an understanding of broader strategic context.

Self-directed, accomplishment driven individual with strong sense of passion and urgency

Comfortable with ambiguity; ability to work well in a collaborative, fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Strong project management skill set and experience; ability to manage multiple initiatives concurrently.

Experience working cross-functionally across an organization with demonstrated ability to interact with and build productive working relationships across all organizational levels.

Strong interpersonal skills with ability to influence and motivate others, negotiate during situational conflict and establish best path forward in the fact of competing objectives.

Possesses “can do” attitude and willingness to roll-up sleeves.

Experience with Oracle Fusion a plus.

Joining Axcella Health offers the potential to be part of a groundbreaking organization. We are growing quickly as we advance in the clinic, and we are seeking exceptional people to join our team. We value bright minds, collaborative spirits and a willingness to think outside the box. EEO Statement: Axcella Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies:  Axcella Health does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Agency resumes will only be accepted if the agency is formally engaged by Axcella Health Human Resources.

*Axcella Health conducts Non-Investigational New Drug (IND”), Institutional Review Board-approved Clinical studies to evaluate the safety and tolerability of our AXA candidates in human subjects, or effects on the normal structure or function of the body. Studies intended at the time of initiation to support drug development will be conducted under an IND.

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