Accounting Manager

US-CA-South San Francisco
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Reporting to the Assistant Controller, the Accounting Manager’s primary responsibilities are to effectively manage the monthly/quarterly close process, support both the internal and external audits, manage and process payroll for all entities, and support the Assistant Controller in managing all accounting activities, including accounts payable, payroll, fixed assets, and purchasing to ensure efficient transaction processing.  The position requires that the candidate be a hands-on professional with a strong understanding of the application of generally acceptable accounting principles and financial reporting.  A control and process oriented mindset, strong analytical and problem solving skills, and desire and ability to identify, recommend and lead improvements is also important.


  • Manages the accounting close process which includes but is not limited to managing the monthly/quarterly close process, preparing complex journal entries, reconciling balance sheet accounts, and providing variance comments for balance sheet and income statement accounts for both the US and European entities
  • Manages and processes payroll for US and European entities
  • Supports the requirements of the annual audit and quarterly reviews through preparation of audit schedules and other support to external auditors.
  • Develops, maintains and ensures ongoing compliance with accounting policies and procedures and SOX 404 internal control documentation.  Participates in ongoing policy and control environment enhancements.
  • Prepares schedules requested by external tax advisors for corporate income tax returns and tax provision calculations.
  • Provides support to all other teams across the company as needs arise, including special projects, system improvements or ad-hoc financial analyses as assigned.
  • Manage, monitor, and execute week cash transactions.



Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business.
  • CPA or a CPA candidate with minimum 5 years of experience required.
  • Big 4 audit with biotech experience required.
  • ERP experience required.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of GAAP accounting and financial principles.
  • Experience operating within a Sarbanes-Oxley control environment.
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills combined with experience working with outside consultants in a positive and collaborative fashion.
  • Enjoys being ‘hands-on’ and able to work in a co-located environment. Adept at managing external service providers to meet objectives and budgets.
  • Fast learner with ability to deal with technical and business issues with equal skill and able to deal with many ambiguities inherent in an emerging pharmaceutical company without becoming rigid or mechanical.

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Demonstrated leadership to drive results that are needed to achieve company objectives in accord with Prothena’s culture and core values – courageousness, creativity, selflessness and humor
  • Excellent oral, written and communicaiton skills.
  • Good energy, enthusiastic, goal driven.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people in diverse and different settings.
  • Possesses a sense of urgency; identifies challenges and problems and takes the initiative to identify solutions.


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