Assistant Director, Financial Reporting

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 10 months ago

Akcea Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical development and commercialization company focused on helping patients living with serious and rare diseases. Our priority is to bring transformative medicines to patients by driving clinical program execution, understanding patient and physician needs, preparing the market, creating market access, and commercializing our products on a global basis. We are driven by the knowledge that patients depend on us. Akcea is commercializing TEGSEDI (inotersen) and advancing a mature pipeline of novel drugs, including WAYLIVRA (volanesorsen), all with the potential to treat multiple diseases. TEGSEDI is approved in the U.S., E.U. and Canada. WAYLIVRA is under regulatory review for the treatment of familial chylomicronemia syndrome, or FCS, and is currently in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of people with familial partial lipodystrophy, or FPL. Akcea is building the infrastructure to commercialize its drugs globally.

Akcea was established by Ionis Pharmaceuticals in late 2014 and was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in July 2017 under the symbol "AKCA." Akcea is a global company headquartered in Boston, MA with offices in Carlsbad, CA and across the EU and Canada.

Assistant Director, Financial Reporting

This position requires an in-depth knowledge of the financial reporting process, key filings and dates, management of timelines, and effective communication with various levels of management and audit staff. The role requires monitoring, interpretation and compliance with evolving accounting guidance relevant to our business. The position often involves working on complex problems and business processes in which the analysis of situations and/or data frequently requires an in-depth evaluation of multiple, interdependent factors and professional judgment.


  • Lead and direct the external reporting process, including Quarterly and Annual Reports on Form 10-Q/K and ensure timely filing with the SEC

  • As part of the quarterly and annual filing process, this position will work collaboratively with our affiliate company (Ionis Pharmaceuticals), and adhere to their deadlines, policies and procedures, and consistency in public disclosures

  • Lead and manage cross-functional team for preparation of Form 10-Q/K and Information Statement, including Legal, Investor Relations and Ionis Finance

  • Maintain SEC calendar to inform parties of necessary deadline adherence for the following processes: financial close, BOD package, press release and 10-Q/K

  • Implement new accounting pronouncements and draft relevant disclosures for the 10-Q/K in accordance with US GAAP

  • Prepare quarterly earnings release

  • Monitor and ensure timely identification and compliance with evolving accounting guidance relevant to company's business, provide US GAAP interpretation and prepare technical memorandums that document issues in a clear, logical and comprehensive manner

  • Communicate and explain accounting issues and evolving accounting guidance to the management team

  • Responsible for all aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance including, maintaining the company's global internal control environment to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, implementation of new control processes, ongoing examination and evaluation of existing control processes, and review and testing by external auditors

  • Maintain reporting procedures to comply with internal control requirements

  • Manage and coordinate services performed by external service firm responsible for assessing, documenting and testing the company's control environment for compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley

  • Manage communications with external auditors on external financial statements, internal controls and accounting issues to ensure auditor agreement with company decisions on accounting disclosures and issues

  • Coordination of annual audit and quarterly review activities of external auditors

  • Create, implement and maintain comprehensive worldwide accounting policy documents to improve clarity and consistency

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor Degree in Accountancy or Business required

  • CPA, CMA or MBA required

  • 8+ years combined in public or private accounting

  • Experience at a Public Company or a Public Accounting Firm required

  • Experience in the application of current authoritative literature

  • Experience interfacing with management

  • Experience in a commercial biotechnology company a plus

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Sound problem-solving abilities

  • An ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment and work under tight deadlines

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive work ethic

  • Flexible to changing priorities

  • Strong internal control emphasis

  • Advanced Excel skills required and proficiency with other Microsoft Office products

Excellent salary and benefits package offered.

Excellent salary and benefits package offered.

Please visit our website,, to apply for this position.


Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. are proud to be EEO employers

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Assistant Director, Financial Reporting

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