Associate Director, Technical Accounting

Cambridge, MA
August 23 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Associate Director, Technical 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 Associate Director, Technical Accounting is a critical member of the Financial Reporting team and will report to the Director, SEC Reporting &Technical Accounting. This position will work across the organization and is responsible for providing oral and written communication with internal stakeholders and external auditors on technical accounting matters, financial reporting, and accounting policies. As the subject matter expert on all technical accounting topics, the individual is responsible for research, documentation, implementation of FASB pronouncements as well as working on external financial reporting to support our SEC filings. This position will partner with finance and non-finance key stakeholders on monthly and quarterly financial reporting and close activities, as well as supporting decision support analyses and other ad-hoc projects.

The successful candidate must have public company experience, implemented recent/new FASB accounting standards, familiar with and worked with SOX controls, this role will partner with FP&A and other functional teams to ensure adequate touch points to operationalize new accounting standards.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Analyze and author position papers for significant and non-standard transactions by properly identifying accounting implications of various explicit terms and implied nuances, applying appropriate accounting rules and literature and exercising judgement in subjective areas to draw reasonable and acceptable conclusion.
  • Responsible for technical accounting research and whitepapers. Review, interpret and develop accounting policies to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures, GAAP, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and other regulatory requirements. Ensure clear and concise written documentation of accounting conclusions and accounting policies.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for all technical accounting topics, including revenue recognition (ASC 606) and lease accounting (ASC 842). Responsible for creation of accounting models for revenue recognition, lease accounting and other accounting topics.
  • Lead new accounting standard adoption and process implementation, including adoption of 842 in 2019. Build and strengthen working relationships and scale with the growth of business teams to ensure successful integration with various business functions. Communication with internal stakeholders and external auditors and provide training to cross-functional teams on technical accounting matters, financial reporting, and accounting policies. Present and explain accounting in a concise and easy-to-understand manner to Executive Committee, Project Team Leads, and other senior leaders within organization.
  • Assist in quarterly and annual external financial reporting, including Forms 10-Qs ,10-Ks and 8-Ks tie-out documentation
  • Responsible for the maintaining current list of contract obligations and create accounting summaries for key contracts.
  • Assist in the Company's Sarbanes-Oxley compliance development efforts. Ensure compliance with the SOX controls applicable to the technical accounting, revenue recognition, and external reporting processes
  • Provide accounting support for special projects and ad-hoc reporting and analysis as necessary

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Bachelor's degree required, accounting concentration preferred
  • CPA required, MBA in Accounting a plus
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in public accounting, or a mix of public accounting and industry/public company experience.
  • Big 4 Public Accounting experience is highly preferred
  • Pharma/Biotech experience is highly preferred
  • Strong experience in technical accounting, writing position papers and leading accounting standard implementation
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP and SOX internal controls and compliance
  • Strong knowledge of life science accounting transactions, including collaborations
  • SEC reporting experience is a plus, and working knowledge of SOX internal controls
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong team player and collaboration. Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Expert Excel skills. High proficiency in Word and PowerPoint.
  • Proactive, responsive and timely problem solver with outstanding project management skills, pays attention to detail, drives processes and meets deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across functional teams

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
  • Free annual corporate membership to Bluebikes
  • 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 (includes 2 floating holidays)

Why join Moderna

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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