Associate Director, Revenue & Financial Reporting

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals   •  

San Diego, CA

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


5 - 7 years

Posted 37 days ago

This position leads all aspects of SEC reporting, technical accounting and research, SOX compliance, and revenue accounting. The successful candidate will be joining a Finance team whose focus is to drive value for the business and should be ready to learn and adapt quickly in a dynamic environment.

The ideal candidate is a technical, detail-oriented licensed CPA with biotechnology or pharmaceutical and Big four auditexperience that can work collaboratively and independently and is driven to get the job done with excellence.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • SEC Reporting
    • Responsible for preparation of, and timely filing of, the Company’s Forms 10-Q and 10-K, including XBRL tagging
    • Manages external auditors and supports the quarterly reviews and annual audit, including preparation of auditschedules and responding to auditor inquiries, ensuring timely completion and filings
    • Prepares and communicates the quarterly SEC reporting calendar with key timelines to the external auditors and management team
    • Works closely with the legal department to prepare and file Forms 8-K, the annual proxy filings, and other regulatory filings as needed, and assists with compiling information for the annual D&O questionnaires
    • Works closely with the investor relations department to support drafting and review of earnings releases and earnings call scripts
  • TechnicalAccountingand Research
    • Researches and prepares white papers on the accounting treatment for various topics as needed, including revenue recognition, lease accounting, business combinations, etc.
    • Supports the accounting team with the implementation of new accounting standards and other complex accounting areas, such as the new lease accounting standard and stock-based compensation
  • SOX Compliance
    • Leads the Company’s SOX compliance efforts
    • Maintains the Company’s internal control documentation and implements new controls as necessary
    • Manages the Company’s SOX consultants, including coordinating, testing and reviewing related workpapers and ensures the resolution and remediation of any issues identified
  • RevenueAccounting
    • Performs all aspects of accounting related to the Company’s product revenue, including determining gross-to-net adjustments, working with the Company’s external 3PL to resolve any discrepancies, performing revenue related account reconciliations including assisting the Access & Reimbursement team with their monthly reconciliations
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Assists with special, ad-hoc projects as requested


  • Active CPA license required with at least 3 years of auditexperience with top-tier accounting firm and 5 years of progressive SEC reporting experience
  • Strong and extensive knowledge of SEC Reporting and US GAAP
  • Strong Sarbanes-Oxley and PCAOB internal controls knowledge
  • Experience working in a commercial life science company is preferred
  • Experience with SEC reporting tools/platforms such as Active Disclosure is preferred
  • Experience with Great Plains/Microsoft Dynamics and Management Reporter is preferred
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, proactive and able to quickly adapt to change