Corporate Controller

Twist BioScience
Job Location
San Francisco, CA
Job Description


Reporting to the CFO, the Corporate Controller will be responsible for managing processes and systems to achieve an effective environment of financial controls that supports the fast growth of Twist Bioscience.  The Corporate Controller will interact with all members of the Company’s leadership team in all the functional areas. We are looking at an experienced Corporate Controller who will be energized by the opportunity to deliver accurate and timely accounting transactions and financial reporting, to establish streamlined business processes, implement an efficient and compliant finance infrastructure capable of scaling with the rapid growth of the business while contributing to corporate objectives.

Major responsibilities:

As a key member of the Finance leadership team, the Corporate Controller will be responsible for all aspects of the accounting operations (e.g., revenue recognition, accounts receivable, account payables, payroll accounting, general ledger, month end close cycles etc.), financial statement reporting, stock administration and purchasing, and cash management.  This person will focus on IPO readiness for the company. He or She oversee 4 – 5 direct reports and will progressively build the team.  The Corporate Controller will work closely with the Company’s outside auditors as well as the internal operational teams.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Hire, manage, and develop a high performing, professional team of accounting operations
  • Manage timely and accurate preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial accounting results and related financial reporting through the close and consolidation process.
  • Lead the relationship with our independent auditors and manage the annual audit process.
  • Develop, maintain and enforce technical accounting policies and procedures in accordance with US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations.
  • Provide well-supported and documented interpretation of GAAP literature, identify relevant changes in accounting guidance and monitor processes for compliance with accounting literature.
  • Lead the implementation of new FASB pronouncements, including ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.
  • Recommend accounting treatment for complex transactions (e.g. revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, M&A, collaboration transactions).
  • Lead the implementation of financial reporting process for IPO readiness and  potential Form S-1 filing
  • Implement appropriate internal controls, including compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404
  • Ensure compliance with established policies and procedures and apply good business practices.
  • Evaluate and implement systems to further automate processes for efficiencies and effectiveness while enhancing internal controls.
  • Oversee compliance and filings for all areas of tax, including corporate income and sales tax.
  • Assist in the interactions with investors in addressing their requirements.
  • Monitor cash management activities
  • Manage the insurance program for all entities.
  • Help to set a “tone at the top” that stresses ethics, integrity and good governance.

Required Credentials, Professional Experience and Skills:

  • CPA and experience preparing consolidated financial statements for private and public company reporting required
  • BA/BS minimum education from an accredited four-year college
  • 10+ years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Prior roles in a publicly traded life science oriented companies (e.g., life science tools, biotech, pharmaceutical, etc.), with international operations, SEC filings and consolidations experience preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in researching and documenting new accounting guidance and the accounting treatment of complex issues, such as revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, purchase accounting, consolidations, etc.
  • Ability to proactively identify and solve problems
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Unquestionable integrity and judgment
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and good independent judgment
  • A proven track record of identifying, managing and developing talented team members
  • Exceptional communications skills
  • Experience working with SAP will be a plus
  • IPO experience will be a plus
How to Apply
About Our Organization

About Twist Bioscience

At Twist Bioscience, our expertise is accelerating science and innovation by leveraging the power of scale. We have developed a proprietary semiconductor-based synthetic DNA manufacturing process featuring a 10,000-well high throughput silicon platform capable of producing synthetic biology tools, including genes, oligonucleotide pools and variant libraries. By synthesizing DNA on silicon instead of on traditional 96-well plastic plates, our platform overcomes the current inefficiencies of synthetic DNA production, and enables cost-effective, rapid, high-quality and high throughput synthetic gene production, which in turn, expedites the design, build, test cycle to enable personalized medicines, pharmaceuticals, sustainable chemical production, improved agriculture production, diagnostics, biodetection and data storage. For more information, please visit Twist Bioscience is on Twitter. Sign up to follow our Twitter feed @TwistBioscience at

Twist Bioscience is an equal opportunity employer.

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