Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager

Pliant Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies for fibrotic diseases.  Founded by Third Rock Ventures with world-renowned academic thought leaders, Pliant is raising the bar for progress to meet unmet medical needs for patients and physicians.  The company’s focus is on mechanism-based intervention in the fibrotic process using small molecules. The company’s lead product candidate, PLN-74809, is designed to be a selective inhibitor of αvβ1 and αvβ6 integrins that play a key role in multiple fibrotic pathways. PLN-74809 has received Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in both idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), has completed Phase 1b testing. Pliant’s second product candidate, PLN-1474, is designed to be an oral, small molecule selective inhibitor of αvβ1, targeting late-stage liver fibrosis and is partnered with Novartis.  The Company is seeking passionate, creative and dedicated individuals to join our team and contribute to our mission.

Position Summary: 

Managing and overseeing the daily accounting operations of the finance and accounting department. Responsible for month-end close activities, analyzing accounting data, executing and maintaining policies and procedures. Review workpapers and ensuring accuracy and completion. Participate in Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance requirements that include updating documentation and testing of processes including assessments, planning and walk-throughs. Work closely with a cross-functional team and effectively communicate to ensure completion of tasks

Roles and Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Manage the month-end, quarter-end and year-end accounting close process and ensure process is performed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Perform close activities related to major balance sheet accounts such as Payroll, Related Benefits, Prepaids and Accrued Expenses i.e. Prepare and post journal entries and prepare account reconciliations
  • Participate and support the maintenance of Sarbanes-Oxley internal control requirements
  • Monitor internal controls over financial reporting for internal and external purposes
  • Oversee fixed assets process and research software implementation
  • Review and approve wires and check-runs
  • Evaluate posted vendor invoices for accuracy of input
  • Support internal and external audit requirements related to specific areas of responsibilities and prepare supporting documentation for SEC filings as needed
  • Maintain and update corporate accounting policies and procedures
  • Participate in special projects and perform other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications and Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 8+ years relevant professional experience is required (mix of pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry and public experience)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent designation is preferred
  • Strong understanding of U.S. GAAP accounting and reporting and SOX requirements
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational & project management skills
  • High degree of dedication to improvement and strong sense of ownership
  • Team player, with the ability to work independently and willingness to take on challenges in dynamic environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to interact effectively with management team, peers, cross-functional team and business partners
  • Extensive knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with NetSuite