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Robert Half Director of Accounting in Palo Alto, California


Colleen McAuliffe from Robert Half 408.906.0669 is seeking a Sr. Manager, Accounting / Director of Accounting for a growing publicly traded company. The role is newly created and the ideal candidate has the mindset and flexibility to take on and shift through different functions and projects. The ideal candidate will be focused on consolidations, Tax preparation for the external tax firm, and work review. You will also play a significant role in driving month-end and quarter-end close

High visibility with executive management team.

Design and implement best practices to improve business processes and to support scalability and compliance with company policies and procedures.

Optimize functionality of systems and processes (ex. automation).

Drive the month-end and quarter-end close to ensure accurate and timely accounting records are maintained.

Review the general ledger transactions, reconciliations, and financial statements in detail and methodically.

Maintain SOX compliance and continue to evaluate and drive improvements.

Research accounting treatments for new and complex business transactions.

Facilitate external audits and reviews.

Mentor and develop junior team members.

Liaise with cross-functional teams to provide insights around accounting standards related to strategic initiatives.


  • 15 years of relevant financial and accounting experience. Life sciences / biotechnology industry preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.

  • CPA preferred.

  • Detail oriented and methodical in nature.

  • Ability to prioritize goals and tasks for the organization from a financial perspective.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, project management skills, and ability to work collaboratively and meet common deadlines.

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment.

  • NetSuite and Coupa experience a plus.

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