Sr. Accountant, GL

Cambridge, MA
August 23 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
The Role

Come help Moderna scale! This is an exciting new role and opportunity to be a key member of the Accounting team supporting a dynamic and high growth organization that is radically changing the biotechnology industry. The Sr. Accountant will report to the Assistant Controller and will play an important role in driving the monthly and quarterly close process to ensure a high quality, accurate and efficient monthly and quarterly close that enables the Company to meet its external SEC reporting/filing timelines- all while ensuring our SOX internal controls are operating effectively, and our books and records are in compliance with US GAAP.

A key goal for the Sr. Accountant will be to contribute to continuous improvements in our financial close and reporting processes and related SOX internal controls. This position will also play an important part in collaborating with stakeholders across the Company on our financial policies and processes. This role will partner with FP&A and other functional teams to ensure adequate touch points to drive an accurate and accelerated close process, and to identify and provide solutions for process challenges. The successful candidate must be comfortable challenging the status quo, driving change, managing through uncertainty and supporting a high growth fast paced organization.

We work collaboratively as a team, we are relentless in the pursuit of excellence, we are curious and will boldly challenge the status quo if we can provide a better way, and we aim to strike a balance between process efficiency, effectiveness, and controls and compliance. We are committed to delivering accurate, timely and insightful financial information with a high level of customer service, while striving to continuously improve our processes to help scale our operations to support future growth.

Here's What You'll Do
  • Support monthly and quarterly close process and timelines, and key meetings with internal partners to obtain sign-off on financial results and variance analysis
  • Support the Company's financial close process including performing account reconciliations, journal entries and variance analyses, while ensuring policies and procedures are followed to comply with the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley
  • Support close process improvements to meet accelerated SEC filing timelines
  • Support department goals, including implementations of accounting-related systems/applications and process improvements
  • Support the financial audits and the SOX 404 audits, including the preparation of PBCs (prepared by client schedules) for the audits and for our SEC filings
  • Ensure close controls are properly performed and adequately supported with workpaper documentation as required under SOX
  • Establish and maintain strong business partnerships with key counterparts including, FP&A, Procurement, and functional business owners
  • Ensure adequate and timely touch points with the business, FP&A and Technical Accounting team to identify and properly record accruals and other new and significant transactions (e.g., new collaboration agreements, leases, etc...), including those related to new accounting standards

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting required
  • CPA required, Big 4 public accounting firm experience preferred
  • 4+ years of public accounting with a Big 4 firm, or combined public accounting and biotechnology/pharmaceutical Industry 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
  • 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, is a plus
  • Experience with financial systems including SAP, Blackline, and Concur (or other AP or T&E systems); and Microsoft Suite of products
  • Proactive, responsive and timely problem solver with outstanding project management skills, pays attention to detail, is organized, drives processes and meets deadlines.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively across functional teams
  • 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' 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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