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Corporate Controller

Finance | San Diego, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Lengo Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing novel, best-in-class precision medicines targeting driver mutations in oncology to improve the lives of patients with cancer.

Position Summary:

Lengo is seeking a Corporate Controller responsible for oversight of all finance and accounting activities.  The Corporate Controller will design and execute best-in-class strategies, accounting processes, controls, incorporating critical thinking to drive operational performance and leading the company's focus on fiduciary responsibilities.  S/he will be responsible for financial reporting, accounting operations, financial systems and controls, and managing people and processes related to financial audits, tax compliance, and asset management.

The successful candidate will have experience in managing and scaling a finance organization for organizational growth within the bio-pharmaceutical industry. S/he will possess strong leadership, management, and communication skills, ensuring that team members understand and respect functional goals, objectives, priorities, and timelines.

Job Functions and Responsibilities: 

  • Effectively manage financial operations, payroll, and accounts payable.

  • Lead all aspects of accounting, including implementation of processes and internal controls necessary for GAAP standards, and develop and scale the organization for growth.

  • Oversee the monthly, quarterly and annual financial close timelines and processes, and ensure all company requirements are met.

  • Manage the audit process, including maintaining relationships with auditors and external advisors.

  • Ensure Lengo has adequate, documented internal controls for Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance.

  • Responsible for drafting of accounting memos for material transactions and revenue recognition.

  • Key liaison for deliverables to the Audit Committee.

  • Oversee all aspects of cash flow, cost allocation, financial statements, consolidations, and assist FP&A Manager with financial modeling and analysis.

  • Oversee tax strategy and implementation, including optimizing legal and capital structures, as well as filing state and local tax returns and working with outside CPA firm for federal returns and tax provision.

  • Identify and implement opportunities for expense management and other cost-saving initiatives.

  • Respond to reports issued by external/internal auditors including the implementation of recommendations, as appropriate.

  • Interact with key stakeholders including executive management, external auditors and parent company finance leaders.

  • Enhance and support a collaborative, innovative, and disciplined finance organization.

  • Cultivate ongoing training and talent development to create a culture of learning and mentorship.

Professional and Personal Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting or equivalent work experience, Master’s degree and/or CPA preferred.

  • 10+ years’ of experience in a senior accounting position in a growing company from a relevant industry (biotech, life sciences). 

  • Deep experience with best practices related to areas of revenue recognition, fixed assets, cost accounting, payroll, tax, and compliance with GAAP.

  • Exceptional business acumen and proven success in driving significant process implementations and improvements.

  • Strong knowledge of internal controls and ability to identify and recommend new changes to controls and an ability to drive the company’s compliance with all relevant SOX accounting and certification requirements.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment where adaptability is imperative.

  • Extraordinary organizational skills, with high attention to detail and focus on accuracy and accountability.

  • Experience in managing the financial operations and reporting of a biopharmaceutical company.

  • Demonstrated decision-making ability, experience in managing budgets and proven resource management skills.

  • Self-directed, accomplishment-driven individual with a strong sense of passion and urgency who can work both independently and in a cross- functional team environment, fostering open communication, mutual understanding, and cooperation.

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

  • Track record of collaboration, stakeholder relationship management, and influencing key decision-makers.

  • Fluency with standard computer software packages, preferably NetSuite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project). and advanced Excel skills.

  • Experience with accounting for stock-based compensation.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.