EGS ( Emerging Growth Staffing)

Accounting Manager R&D

Emerging Growth Staffing - Palo Alto, CA

Public biotech company has a newly created role open due to growth.

The Accounting Manager, R&D is an integral part of a growing accounting team and will own the accounting for all clinical trials. This position reports directly to the Controller, but will partner extensively with the clinical study teams, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and Procurement. A successful candidate is someone who is articulate, professional, has strong attention to detail and enjoys working in a fast-paced and growing organization.


  • Biotech experience
  • Experience with accounting for clinical trials OR FP&A budgeting/forecasting for clinical trials
    • Strong schooling/education
    • Executive presence
    • Hybrid role- will own accounting and work with Dir of FP&A on forecasting
    • Flexible to take on other responsibilities as needed
    • Experience working with external Big4 Auditors


  • Accurately estimate and accrue clinical trial fees and services by working closely with the clinical study teams, contract research organizations (CROs) and other related vendors, FP&A and Procurement to understand contractual terms and incurred activities.
  • Support FP&A on expense forecasting and budget planning
  • Support the completion of financial statement fluctuation analysis to summarize financial results for clinical-related activities
  • General ledger account reconciliation preparation, review, and follow-up on open items
  • Liaise between Finance and Clinical regarding the periodic activity under review and provide guidance on proper determination of U.S. GAAP expense recognition, accrual accuracy and disclosures
  • Support interim and year end audit process (internal and external)
  • Identify opportunities to reduce the accounting close process, enhance existing procedures and opportunities to improve the utilization of our financial system tools
  • Prepare and/or update standard operating procedures for assigned areas
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • 5+ years of experience in R&D-related accounting experience in the biotechnology/pharmaceuticals industry
  • Superior analytical and modeling skills including advanced proficiency in Excel and the ability to quickly manipulate and analyze large data sets and build reports
  • An aptitude for learning and managing ERP data structures and reporting capabilities
  • Results and goal-oriented mindset with an opportunistic eye towards process improvements
  • Strong work ethic including sound judgement, outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work independently
  • Able to work with high volume of transactions in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong ability to prioritize and organize work effectively
  • Must be able to collaborate and communicate effectively
  • Public accounting experience a plus
  • Familiarity with clinical trial accounting a plus
  • BA/BS Degree in Accounting, CPA preferred

We offer a fast-paced, collaborative, team-based and family-like work environment.

Posted On: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Position Contact
Nicole Razavi
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