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Sr. Accountant, Payroll and Stock Administration

Finance | Mountain View, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Company Overview

ChemoCentryx is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing orally-administered therapeutics to treat autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders and cancer, primarily focused on orphan and rare diseases. ChemoCentryx balances a passion for science with the deep-seated belief that patients suffering from serious diseases deserve more than incremental improvements to the length and quality of their lives.

As a biopharmaceutical company with a broad portfolio in multiple therapeutic areas, ChemoCentryx pushes beyond “good enough” and strives for a totally new way of healing.

Position Overview

This is a newly created position to oversee both payroll and stock administration primarily. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and transactions as well as month-end accounting close and reconciliations in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. The individual will work closely with various parties including employees, HR, legal, broker, transfer agent and financial auditors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities in Payroll Administration

  • Manage semi-monthly payroll for both exempt and non-exempt employees in a multi-state environment with accuracy
  • Ensure compliance with policy and procedure as well as federal, state and local payroll tax regulations
  • Coordinate with HR to assure seamless and timely integration of information for payroll processing and reporting
  • Perform FSA and ESPP reconciliations and resolve discrepancies
  • Prepare journal entries and monthly payroll reconciliations
  • Address employee inquiries in a timely manner
  • Assist with year-end audits, workers compensation audits, 401(k) audits, and regulatory filings
  • Maintain good recordkeeping of all payroll files and sound internal controls

Essential Duties and Responsibilities in Stock Administration

  • Prepare and process new equity awards, exercises, cancellations and releases promptly
  • Administer the stock compensation awards and ESPP plans, including ensuring appropriate payroll tax withholdings, timely estimated tax deposits and monitoring ESPP limits
  • Perform Section 16 filings and reporting as incurred
  • Track and report W-2 income from stock exercises and dispositions
  • Execute trading blackout periods and enforcement of insider trading policy restrictions
  • Interact with transfer agent and stock investment broker to ensure that trades are settled timely
  • Prepare journal entries including stock based compensation calculation and monthly stock-related reconciliations
  • Maintain and update stock databases, prepare reports and perform analysis and reconciliations, assist with quarterly and year-end audits
  • Engage in process improvements opportunities to support business growth while maintaining sound internal controls and be in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Assist in other ad hoc tasks or projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in payroll processing, stock administration and related accounting analysis and month-end reconciliations
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team member in a time sensitive environment
  • Unquestionable ethics and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive data
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Exceptional ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Self-motivated and proactive, able to multi-task, and detail oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as effective listening and interpersonal skills

Preferred Experience

  • Experience with GP, Paychex and Equity Edge is a plus
  • Certified Equity Professional designation preferred