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Senior Director Accounting Operations

Company: Ascendis Pharma Inc.
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Finance, Finance Operations Palo Alto, California, United States Full time Do you want to be part of building a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company together with a team of highly skilled colleagues who are passionate about developing best-in-class therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs? Then Ascendis Pharma is committed to support your personal development on our journey towards becoming a leading rare disease company. Ascendis Pharma is looking to hire an experienced Senior Director, Acouting Operations to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing, innovative company! Position Description The Senior Director, Accounting Operations will be responsible for process optimization and ensuring that implemented processes are followed. We are seeking a hands-on, roll up your sleeves type of leader who enjoys a fast-paced, high impact environment. This is a great opportunity to join a well-funded, world-changing biotech company. This role is based in Palo Alto or Princeton, New Jersey and reports to the VP of Finance Operations in Copenhagen, Denmark. Key Responsibilities

  • Lead all accounting operations and drive monthly, quarterly, and year-end closing processes based on IFRS in timely fashion
  • Ensures successful implementation and cooperation with 3PL partner
  • Ensures correct booking of US revenue and reconciliation of Gross-to-Net
  • Maintenance and optimization of finance systems including update of master data, guidelines, templates etc.
  • Review payment proposals - and release for payment approval in DK
  • Books bank transactions and reconciliation of bank accounts, cash reporting duties
  • Prepare reconciliation of accounts receivables
  • Interact with Group reporting on technical accounting activities and ensure that group guidelines are followed
  • Implement, document, and maintain adequate and effective internal controls and processes to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting
  • Manage the Accounting related functions including but not limited to account analysis and reconciliation, AP and fixed asset administration, month end close, monthly accrual entries as well as accurately tracking clinical trial activity completion overall to date and by site
  • Prepares monthly US GAAP financial statements
  • Drive continuous improvement of financial tools and financial accounting processes that can scale with the company's growth
  • Manage the preparation and submission of Federal and State income tax returns, sales and use, payroll, and other local tax business license filings
  • Works closely with VP Finance, FP&A colleagues, and business leaders in several areas including, but not limited to, cash management; new systems design and implementation; accounting reporting and regulatory compliance for the Company's anticipated future operations
  • Review of reconciliations vendor account statements
  • Overall responsibility for the communication and reporting to HQ
  • Responsible for day to day communication with the bank
  • Verify, allocate, post, and reconcile accounts
  • Produce error-free accounting reports
  • Ensure accounting team meets the deadlines in month close
  • Responsible for internal assets recording for the US entity
  • Serves as a superuser in D365 finance module
  • Contributes to the team's success while simultaneously attending to the cost-control and profitability interests of the Company
  • Perform such accounting, financial and/or administrative tasks, as required Requirements
    • 15+ years of related experience with a bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field of study; CPA preferred.
    • Experience within the Pharma/biotech industry and commercial product required.
    • In-depth experience with IFRS and US GAAP, with a detailed understanding of accounting methods, reporting, bookkeeping, reconciliations, and revenue recognition, SEC reporting requirements, and SOX regulations
    • Strong analytical, problem-solving skills, and collaboration skills critical to the role.
    • Play a key role in developing and implementing efficient processes and that will scale with the company
    • Highest standards of accuracy and precision; extremely organized, detail-oriented, and mindful of deadlines
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate issues and solutions to all levels of management.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with multiple functional areas in a collaborative, team environment.
    • Experience with ERP and accounting system, preferably with D365
    • Demonstrated success in fast paced emerging environment as well as experience in mid-size and larger public companies
    • Ability to solve problems proactively and independently
    • Ability to deliver strategic business insights in a dynamic environment
    • Strong leadership and communication skills
    • Proficiency in MS Office programs
    • Experience with implementing and maintaining ERP systems
    • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time domestically and internationally
    • Medical insurance
    • Vision insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Disability insurance San Francisco and Los Angeles applicants: The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance or the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (as applicable). Ascendis Pharma collects and processes personal data in accordance with applicable data protection laws. If you are a European Job Applicant see the privacy notice for further details. Ascendis Pharma is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we believe that diversity and inclusion among our workforce is critical to our success as a global company. Individuals seeking employment at Ascendis Pharma are considered without regards to age, ancestry, color, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, protected family care or medical leave status, race, religion (including beliefs and practices or the absence thereof), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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