Sudler & Hennessey

Accounting Controller

US-CA-San Francisco


Viscira is an innovative, fast-growing company dedicated to the development of new-media communication solutions and interactive software applications for the life sciences industry. Our current customers include major pharma and biotech companies such as Amgen, Genentech, BMS, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Novartis, Galderma, Abbott, Celgene etc.


As part of our growth plans, the company was acquired by WPP, the world's largest communications services group, employing 190,000 people working in 3,000 offices in 112 countries.




Position Overview:

The Controller will be responsible for all core Viscira financial and bookkeeping activities working in coordination with the company’s CEO, COO, CFO and CPA firm. The position will lead and manage the Finance and Accounting function to provide general accounting, financial analysis, reporting, and budgetary controls. This position will supervise the Finance and Accounting team, including organizing, staffing, evaluating, directing and motivating the team (currently includes two additional people). 


S/he will report to the President & CEO of the company, but will also work closely with the company’s HR Director, Office Manager and other members of the Viscira executive team (COO, CFO, VP of Business Development, VP of Production, etc.). The Controller will also collaborate closely with corporate finance staff from Sudler  and WPP in NY.


The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, possess excellent organizational and analytical skills and work effectively with individuals at various levels in the organization (executive, sales, finance, operations, etc.). Candidate should be capable of playing a hands-on role, a self-starter, demonstrate sound judgment and resourcefulness in decision making and problem solving, and think and work independently while also being a team player. Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills are a must.



Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintains the company's system of accounts and keeps books and records on all company transactions and assets.
  • Oversees and executes key accounting-related tasks using QuickBooks, including A/P and A/R management, vendor check processing, client invoicing, bank reconciliation, etc.
  • Works with CEO, CFO and COO to perform quarterly and monthly revenue recognition analyses according to GAAP standards.
  • Collaborates with corporate finance staff at Sudler and WPP to execute monthly financial reporting in line with public company procedures and standards.
  • Contributes to the establishment of major economic objectives, financial policies, and best practices for the company.
  • Prepares financial reports that outline the company's financial position in the areas of income, expenses, and earnings based on past, present, and future operations.
  • Assists the CEO, COO, and CFO with monthly financial reporting, "real-time" forecast updates, long-term forecasting and "what if" financial scenarios and analyses.
  • Oversees and ensure compliance with various financial audits including SOX audit.
  • Works with the company’s Business Development and Account Management functions to ensure that client invoices are sent out in a timely way and tracked properly by client account.
  • Manages all outstanding company receivables and actively follows up to ensure that payments are received from customers as specified.
  • Performs bank reconciliations at the end of each month and financial statement reconciliations at the end of each quarter.
  • Collaborates with CPA firm and WPP in preparation of company’s annual tax and financial statement filings.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to financial management, budgeting, and accounting.
  • Assists with report design, improvements, and resolving issues related to the financial systems.
  • Responsible for evaluating the performance of personnel in the Finance and Accounting Department. Manages the team and is responsible for making sure the team is performing at the highest level possible to meet company needs and objectives.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.


Required Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance is required (CPA/MBA is a plus).
  • Minimum 7-10+ years of hands-on accounting experience in role of increasing responsibility.
  • Must have strong working knowledge of cost accounting, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial reporting, cash flow forecasting, and banking.
  • Must have strong understanding of GAAP accounting principles (ideally with experience in a public company environment).
  • Must have expertise with QuickBooks (including QuickBooks online).
  • Must have solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Internet.
  • Must have strong forecasting and MS Excel financial modeling skills (including advanced functions such as pivot tables).
  • Experience with big 4 accounting firm audit, SEC reporting and SOX compliance preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to multi-task.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation, with the ability to work effectively with a wide variety of professional staff from varied disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Must possess a highly-positive and service-oriented approach to working both internally and externally.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Ability to effectively handle and protect sensitive and confidential company information.
  • Ability to wear multiple hats and work effectively in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial company environment.


Viscira, a division of Suder & Hennessey, is an equal opportunities employer AA M/F/Veteran/Disability


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