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Full-Time

Chief Accounting Officer

Posted on 7/9/2024

Benchling

Benchling

501-1,000 employees

Cloud-based biotech R&D platform

Food & Agriculture

Compensation Overview

$250k - $500kAnnually

+ Equity

Expert

San Francisco, CA, USA

Category
Financial Controller
Financial Planning
International Accounting
Accounting
Required Skills
Customer Service
Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business; MBA or Masters in Accounting preferred
  • Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License highly preferred
  • Experience with a Big 4 or other national accounting firm preferred
  • Minimum 10 years accounting and finance experience, with a minimum of 8 years in a financial senior leadership position in a public technology company
  • Experience managing international accounting functions at both a corporate and a business unit-level for a global publicly-traded company, including consolidating US and non-US financial statements rolling up to the corporate level
  • Experience presenting to Board of Directors, Audit Committees and other internal and external decision-makers
  • Significant experience in SaaS business models
  • Expert knowledge of financial activities, policies, and processes, including multi-currency consolidations, SEC reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Experience meeting SOX requirements and maintaining effective internal controls over financial reporting
  • Must be a proven and effective leader that garners trust and loyalty from team members
  • Demonstrated proficiency in enhancing financial systems to enable efficiency and scalability of the business and accounting functions
Responsibilities
  • Direct and lead accounting teams in the oversight of company-wide accounting policies and controls consistent with SEC, US GAAP, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Plan and direct all accounting activities across the organization, to ensure compliance with GAAP, SEC regulations, SOX, statutory guidelines, and internal financial policies and procedures
  • Coordinate the preparation of the company’s financial statements
  • Drive external reporting, including presentations and direct communication with the external auditors, the Audit Committee and the Board
  • Provide leadership required to strengthen and grow the Accounting team, with a commitment to recruiting, training, and mentoring
  • Provide guidance and training of any relevant new accounting guidance including SEC regulations to the accounting team and the broader organization
  • Partner with the FP&A organization to ensure the accuracy of the financial statements through a monthly executive review of revenue, expenses, assets, and liabilities
  • Build the technical infrastructure and control environment to support the company's global growth and readiness for public life
  • Leverage technology to build scalable/sustainable processes to create efficiencies, streamline accounting operations, and improve the employee experience
  • Establish strong relationships with inter-departmental peers and be the go-to accounting source in the Company
  • Continually evaluate and optimize month-end close processes, striving to deliver process automation, improved accuracy, and higher customer service
  • Develop/enhance, implement and enforce accounting policies and procedures that will improve the overall operation and reduce risks of the business
  • Manage insourced and outsourced international accountants for general accounting, payroll, tax, statutory accounts, and compliance
  • Manage the annual consolidated external audit working with independent auditors

Benchling is an excellent workplace for those passionate about biotechnology and seeking a collaborative environment. This company's cloud-based platform supports a wide range of biotech R&D activities in sectors like biopharmaceuticals, agritech, and gene therapy. It empowers scientists to innovate and streamline processes, from design to product development, enhancing productivity and breakthroughs in the field.

Company Stage

Series F

Total Funding

$412M

Headquarters

San Francisco, California

Founded

2012

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

0%

1 year growth

9%

2 year growth

14%

Benefits

Four months of fully paid parental leave

401(k) plan

Remote working stipend

Yearly company-wide retreat

Monthly gym and wellness stipend

Commuter benefits

100% premiums covered for health, dental, and vision

Weekly company social events

Flexible PTO and company-wide winter holiday shutdown