Assistant Controller

Location: San Diego, California - Hybrid
Category: Accounting & Finance
Employment Type: Direct Hire
Job ID: 4873
Date Posted: 08/16/2022

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About the Opportunity:

Sayva Solutions’ finance and accounting practice is growing, and we have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Controller to make an immediate impact with one of our life sciences clients poised for commercialization.


  • Responsible for all aspects of accounting management and executes on the day-to-day accounting operations which includes: accounts payable, account receivable and revenue recognition, general ledger, fixed assets, clinical trial accounting, tax compliance, payroll, cash & cash equivalents, marketable securities
  • Responsible for consolidated financial statements including consolidations of subsidiaries and manages subsidiary accounting records
  • Manage the Accounts Payable Manager and Payroll Supervisor and work with internal managers of different departments
  • Work with the VP of Accounting Operations and Financial Reporting, responsible for timely and successful completion of external financial audits and quarterly reviews
  • Develop and manage clinical trial and manufacturing accounting accruals
  • Ensure appropriate recognition, classification and safeguarding of fixed assets and intangible assets
  • Develop documentation of standards and procedures for the accounting and finance teams’ processes
  • Proactively researches and resolves accounting or documentation issues and discrepancies
  • Responsible for timely and accurate month end close and monthly account reconciliations (consolidation workbook, supplemental schedules, roll forwards, reconciliations, etc.). Produce monthly reporting package and financial statements
  • Create and post journal entries to the general ledger, including month-end recurring and accrual entries. Consolidation and elimination entries
  • Monitoring actual versus budget, including variance analysis; perform analytics to explain variances for the balance sheet actual results as compared to prior periods
  • Maintain and monitor the system of internal accounting controls and ensure their efficiency and effectiveness
  • Lead as primary contact for inquires, from internal and external representatives
  • Ensures the effectiveness of internal controls and integrity of accounting records and resulting financial statements
  • Ensuring all accounting practices are in compliance with legal guidelines and established accounting principles
  • Ensures an ERP system (Great Plains) is configured and maintained to optimally support the company’s accounting needs
  • Supports company’s SEC filing on quarterly / annual basis (i.e. such as footnote preparation and support)
  • Supports ongoing financial planning and analysis and financial forecasting
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting of all federal, state, and local tax filings (income taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, franchise taxes, 1099s etc.)
  • Completes ad-hoc financial reporting and analysis, as well as, special projects as needed, other duties as assigned


  • 10+ years of progressive accounting experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or related field required
  • Biotech or life sciences industry experience required
  • Clinical accruals experience required
  • Public company experience required
  • Public accounting experience preferred
  • Great Plains experience preferred
  • CPA preferred

About Sayva: Sayva Solutions is an accounting, finance, and technology professional services firm whose focus is on long term relationships created through teamwork and doing what is in the best interest of others. By working with Sayva to identify your next career move, you will get the benefit of working with an experienced team who not only has a strong network of trusted clients, but expertise in the markets, and functions, we serve. We can provide insight on what your market value is, what companies have to offer, and what opportunities align best with your professional and personal goals. We are your trusted advisor throughout your search process and can help ensure you are prepared for interviews, have the information to make the best decisions, and receive a strong offer to land you that perfect job. Making a career move is not easy and can be stressful; Sayva can be your partner in making the process smooth, transparent, and rewarding.