Corporate Controller, Director (Pharma)

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc Aliso Viejo , CA 92698

Posted 5 months ago

As a key leader in the Company's finance organization, the Corporate Controller is responsible for managing the Company's Accounting and Internal Control functions. The Controller oversees general accounting and reporting, external and internal audit coordination, revenue accounting, accounts payable, expense report audit, internal financial systems, cash flow projections and reporting, balance sheet management and coordinates tax and treasury matters with our US parent company, Otsuka America Inc (OAI). The Controller is responsible for all accounting policies and procedures, financial statements and footnotes, reporting controls, financial compliance, accounting services and transaction processing. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, this highly skilled individual leads the Controllership organization and partners cross-functionally with leadership to ensure priorities are aligned with corporate objectives and appropriate financial controls.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage month-end closing and reporting process with the focus on a best-in-class accounting close

  • Prepare month-end financial statements, including P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow statements. Ensure accuracy of financial statements

  • Work closely with Managed Care on developing procedures for the accrual of accurate GTN estimates

  • Review non-routine transactions, determine accounting treatment, and develop necessary policies and procedures

  • Manage accounting services, including Accounts Payable and Revenue accounting

  • Lead effort to implement Concur Audit Services to build a scalable Expense audit function

  • Serve as primary liaison between Compliance and Finance for Sunshine Act reporting

  • Develop T&E policies and procedures and a continuous monitoring plan for accurate expense reporting related to HCP/HCP interactions. Create appropriate exception reporting and plan for timely follow-up and remediation

  • Develop Expense reporting best practices and Sales training presentations and perform Sales training and training for Corporate office employees

  • Key point of contact with auditors; ensure efficient audit engagements with timely support of processes and resolutions of any findings

  • Ensure integrity of the internal control environment by enforcing corporate policies and procedures.

  • Ensure compliance with IFRS and JSOX controls standards, as well as any regulatory requirements

  • Manage tax function in conjunction with OAI VP of Tax, including data for preparation of federal/state tax returns and annual tax provision

  • Ensure timely and accurate cash flow forecasting and tracking, parent company borrowings and projections and support OAI Treasury operations

  • Develop, train and mentor the Controllership team. Frequently review and assess performance of team members and deliver feedback. Develop and support performance and career goals.

  • Ensure the right people and skills in the right roles; hire the best and brightest to fill any open positions

  • Support key related functions such as manufacturing, supply chain, 3PL and wholesaler interactions and business development. Assist with transactional due diligence and lead post-acquisition integration activities, as needed.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


  • BA/BS degree (preferably in accounting of business degree)

  • MBA or advanced Degree preferred

  • CPA required (inactive license is acceptable)

  • Require 15+ years' experience in accounting and finance, including significant experience leading and building effective Controllership organizations

  • Big 4 public accounting and audit experience is highly desirable

  • Recent financial leadership experience in a pharmaceutical company is a plus

  • Strong technical accounting skills; a thorough knowledge of IFRS and GAAP, with an emphasis on revenue recognition, gross-to-net rebate/discount accounting, contingent liability and clinical trial accounting

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and interface with Executive Management.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with strong analytical and organizational abilities

  • Financial systems experience; ability to apply best practices and re-engineer systems and processes

  • Experience with transforming an accounting organization with the necessary skills, tools, and resources to be best in class

  • Previous experience with JD Edwards ERP and Insight software Hubble a plus

  • Proficiency with MS Office (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Physical Requirements:

This position primarily works in an office environment. It requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and frequent walking. Daily use of a computer, phone, office equipment and other computing and digital devices is required. May be required to stand for extended periods when facilitating meetings or walking in the facilities. Some local travel may be necessary, so the ability to travel by plane, operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid Driver's license and/or effectively navigate public transportation is required. While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must be able to read and respond to interoffice communications as well as effectively participate in meetings. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to lift up to 20 lbs., pull, push, carry, handle or feel. The employee is required to carry, handle items, reach with arms and hands, to stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. Mental demands may require prolonged concentration, reading comprehension, understanding and interpretation of concepts, ideas and philosophies. The physical demands of the position described herein are essential functions of the job and employees must be able to successfully perform these tasks for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those individuals with real or perceived disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job described unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden.

Work Environment:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving carts, mechanical equipment (copiers, computers, coffee machines) and vehicles. May be subject to smells and odors. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The passage of employees through the work area is average and normal.

EEO Statement:

As an equal opportunity employer, Avanir Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation transgender status, gender identity, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. All Avanir Pharmaceuticals employees, officers, principles, agents, and representatives are expressly prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Avanir Pharmaceuticals will reasonably accommodate any qualified individual with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions or the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR-60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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Corporate Controller, Director (Pharma)

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc