Assistant Controller / Controller (Consultant)

  • 111 Oyster Point Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA
  • Contract

Company Description

Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPRX) is a publicly traded, clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing innovative immuno-oncology protein therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases.  Our industry-leading drug discovery platform, which includes comprehensive proprietary libraries of the extracellular proteome and differentiated screening capabilities, has led to a pipeline comprising five development programs in clinical trials across multiple indications in 2019.  We also have several undisclosed research programs that have the potential to yield our next wave of development-stage therapeutic biologics.  And we continue to fuel this process using our proprietary screens to discover new immuno-oncology targets.

Five Prime is committed to innovation and outstanding science to develop effective new drugs for the treatment of severe diseases. We value our culture of openness, collaboration and productivity.  Discover more about FivePrime at

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated Controller (Consultant) to join our Finance department in a fast-growing, dynamic and professional environment.  This position is responsible for overall day-to-day management of the accounting department, which includes financial reporting, financial information systems, accounts payable, payroll, treasury, tax, fixed assets, and for ensuring proper internal controls are maintained. This position reports to the VP Finance.

The primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic oversight on accounting operations and financial systems
  • Ensure that the monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements are completed on a timely basis and in accordance with GAAP
  • Manage financial information systems design, implementation, enhancement, monitoring and controls
  • Responsible for the annual and quarterly financial statements for inclusion in the Company’s SEC reports
  • Support other SEC filings, including proxy statements and registration statements
  • Implement and ensure adherence to accounting policies and procedures
  • Create accounting position papers for significant and non-standard accounting issues and coordinate with external auditors in connection with related audit procedures
  • Maintain internal controls for key processes and SOX compliance
  • Participate in Audit Committee reporting and meeting
  • Review monthly journal entries and account reconciliations
  • Direct and oversee day to day activities for general ledger accounting, accounts payable, treasury, SOX, SEC reporting and tax
  • Partner with FP&A for internal reporting, R&D accruals and revenue recognition, budgets, forecasts and special projects
  • Oversee day-to-day banking operations
  • Oversee payroll and related activities
  • Oversee stock administration
  • Provide PBCs and otherwise support corporate tax reporting and preparation of tax returns with outside tax accountants
  • Support financing activities
  • Business support including review of significant company contracts
  • Partner with Clinical, Legal, HR and IT on process evaluation and ongoing improvement projects
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to help employees learn and grow in a changing environment
  • Effectively communicate and partner with multiple stakeholders to establish strong working relationships
  • Other duties as mutually agreed upon to make this position a career building experience


  • BA/BS degree
  • CPA license required
  • Assistant Controller- 5+ years of experience 
  • Controller- 15+ years of experience; biotechnology-type industry experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with a Big Four certified public accounting firm is highly preferred
  • Experience working for a publicly-traded company is required, preferably in a SOX 404(b) environment
  • Thorough knowledge of SEC rules and regulations, procedures and practices
  • Excellent knowledge of ERP systems (experience with D365 is a plus)
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills; ability to interface and communicate effectively with executive management and other functions within the organization
  • Strong team leadership, management, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail with ability to move easily between hands-on work and strategic thinking
  • Ability to use critical thinking and good business sense to make good business decisions
  • Proven experience on building team and resolving conflicts in a collaborative manner

Additional Information

At FivePrime, we believe a diverse workforce drives our success as a company. We are always working to create an environment where different backgrounds and viewpoints are valued and celebrated.

FivePrime is an equal opportunity employer. FivePrime makes employment decisions, including in recruitment and selection, without consideration of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or disability.Please call or reply with any comments.

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