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Senior Director, Technical Accounting & Reporting

Finance | South San Francisco, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Allogene Therapeutics, with headquarters in South San Francisco, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer. Led by a management team with significant experience in cell therapy, Allogene is developing a pipeline of “off-the-shelf” CAR T cell therapy candidates with the goal of delivering readily available cell therapy on-demand, more reliably, and at greater scale to more patients. For more information, please visit, and follow @AllogeneTx on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Position: Senior Director, Technical Acounting and Reporting

Location: South San Francisco, CA 

Allogene, an innovative and rapidly growing biotechnology company located in South San Francisco, is seeking a Senior Director, Assistant Controller, who will be responsible for meeting the company's financial reporting requirements, including SEC filings, certain aspects of general ledger close process in Research and Development, external audit, technical accounting and the implementation of new accounting pronouncements, development of accounting policies, and working closely with consultants to manage compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) 404(b). This role requires critical thinking skills, effective organizational and execution skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a strong ability to build effective relationships across the Company. This individual interacts with all levels of management and third parties across financial and operational projects and initiatives. The ideal candidate is a licensed CPA with material biotechnology or pharmaceutical experience. This position reports directly to the Controller and will work with other team members to develop scalable and efficient accounting processes.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and publish financial statements and footnotes as applicable on a periodic basis, including those pursuant to the requirements of Forms 10-K and 10-Q utilizing XBRL tools
  • Develop and execute deliverables, and manage external audit, legal, and other parties, leading to the timely completion of the company’s quarterly review and annual audit
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to manage the preparation and review of the company’s earnings release, including financial tables and external presentations
  • Spearhead conclusion on applicable new accounting literature, SEC rules and regulations, and significant or unusual transactions, as well as roll out related implementation   
  • Participate in developing and executing critical accounting processes related to clinical trial accounting, external manufacturing, supply chain, commercialization and revenue recognition, and other similar areas 
  • Lead the company’s development and roll-out of accounting policies and procedures that meet SOX requirements, including driving the company’s SOX 404 compliance and audit
  • Other ad hoc projects and roles as appropriate

Position requirements & experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Accounting or Finance with at least 10 years of progressive accounting experience in publicly traded biotech companies
  • CPA and Big Four experience auditing biotech companies strongly preferred
  • SEC reporting, technical accounting experience, plus operations in SOX404(b) highly desired
  • Experience with SAP S/4HANA ERP system or SEC reporting tools/platforms, Workiva is favored
  • Proficiency in Excel and Word and ability to learn new systems quickly are required
  • Possesses a sense of urgency; identifies not just challenges but takes the initiative to identify solutions
  • An independent problem-solver with strong work ethics and intellectual curiosity will thrive 
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and strong interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Allogene Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws.