Manager, Capital Accounting

Cambridge, MA
May 23 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Manager, Capital Accounting

The Role:

This is an exciting role and opportunity to be a key member of the Accounting organization supporting a dynamic and high growth organization that is radically changing the biotechnology industry. The Capital Accounting Manager will report to the Controller and will be responsible for the Company's fixed assets and project accounting processes including project tracking, fixed asset policy, and management reporting. The position will be responsible for developing, interpreting, and applying the Company's fixed asset policy, providing guidance to business partners, and ensuring an accurate, high quality, and efficient monthly and quarterly financial close in order to meet its external SEC reporting/filing timelines, while ensuring compliance with the related SOX controls and US GAAP.

The successful candidate must have public company experience, be familiar with implementing and remediating SOX controls, and have experience driving process improvements. This role will partner with FP&A and other functional teams to ensure adequate touch points to drive an accurate and accelerated financial close process, and to identify and provide solutions for process challenges.

We work collaboratively as a team, we boldly strive for excellence, we are constantly curious and we are relentless in our pursuit of the balance between efficiency, effectiveness, and controls and compliance. We are committed to ongoing process improvements and to providing accurate, timely and insightful financial information and a high level of customer service.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Manage, drive and own all aspects of fixed asset process, from approval to placement in plant-in-service, recording of depreciation, physical count/verification, and disposal process.
  • Researches, develops, and implements capital policies and guidance in compliance with Company policies and GAAP, in conjunction with the Controller
  • Oversees fixed asset sub-ledger in SAP including input of fixed assets and associated reporting, including monthly financial close
  • Perform key monthly reconciliations and journal entries for fixed assets
  • Serves as a primary point of contact for fixed asset related analysis and questions
  • Manage and ensure the proper / timely recording of acquisitions and dispositions of assets, and the annual plant verification plan
  • Prepares monthly and quarterly capital spend for internal and external reporting
  • Performs appropriate research to identify, interpret, and apply Company policies related to project tracking and associated fixed asset setup
  • Maintains effective controls over fixed assets supporting financial and SOX 404 audits, including the preparation of PBCs (prepared by client schedules) for the audits and for our SEC filings
  • Performs ad-hoc analysis related to fixed assets
  • Drive process improvements, including system enhancements reducing time in process
  • Collaborate with other finance and business stakeholders to support department goals, including implementations of accounting-related systems/applications and process improvements
  • Establish and maintain strong business partnerships with key counterparts including, FP&A, Procurement, and functional business owners
  • Possess broad knowledge of accounting concepts, superior analytical skills and knowledge of the industry to review issues and develop standards, policies and SOPs for the Accounting organization and in support of key business processes

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting required
  • CPA required, Big 4 public accounting firm experience preferred
  • 5+ years of combined public accounting and biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry accounting experience
  • Mid-size public company experience, preferably in biotechnology industry
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls and managing a quarter-end close and reporting process
  • Strong knowledge of life science accounting transactions, including collaborations and clinical accruals
  • Possess strong SOX internal controls background and demonstrated ability to manage and drive a quarter-end close process fully compliant under SOX
  • Experience with financial systems including SAP, Blackline, and Concur (or another OCR tool); and Microsoft Suite of products
  • Proactive, responsive and timely problem solver with outstanding project management skills, pays attention to detail, drives processes and meets deadlines.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively across functional teams
  • Experience leading and driving process improvements
  • A desire to be part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • Daily on-site catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days of vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

At Moderna, we believe messenger RNA, or mRNA, is the "software of life." Every cell in the body uses mRNA to provide real-time instructions to make the proteins necessary to drive all aspects of biology, including in human health and disease. Given its essential role, we believe mRNA could be used to create a new category of medicines with significant potential to improve the lives of patients.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past four years. To learn more, visit .

Our Mission: Deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.


Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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