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Assistant Controller

Company: GreenLight Biosciences, Inc.
Location: Medford
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

ABOUT GREENLIGHT At GreenLight we are working to solve two of the world's greatest problems: global food insecurity and equal access to vaccines and the associated health benefits. Unlike most corporations who can be required to put profits ahead of other principles, GreenLight is one of the first Public Benefit Corporations to be publicly traded and have a charter that requires a focus on how it benefits its employees, community and society and has a broad portfolio addressing key issues in plant health and human health (Nasdaq: GRNA) by leveraging the full potential of dsRNA and mRNA. The GreenLight team is over 300 people across our headquarters in Medford, MA, an R&D facility in Woburn, MA and an R&D facility in Research Triangle Park, NC. GreenLight also has a biomanufacturing plant in Rochester, NY. Initiatives include finding ways to support biodiversity, protect bees and other pollinators, treat rare diseases as well as develop vaccines. At GreenLight, we believe inclusion is the way forward. We celebrate the power of working together to address humanity's challenges, meet the needs of underserved populations, and push the boundaries of scientific discovery. Fueled by our aspiration for a true sense of belonging, our talented teams embody the principles of diversity and equality as we strive to bring food security, medicine, and healthcare to everyone-paving the way for a sustainable future. For more information, visit . GreenLight Biosciences is currently seeking an Assistant Controller to serve as a key resource to guide the finance department build-out and lead the technical accounting and SEC reporting workstreams. The proven leader will be overseeing the financial reporting process, establishing internal controls, shaping the department's policies and procedures, managing financial audits, and helping to scale the finance organization for commercialization. The successful candidate will partner with all levels throughout the organization and will interact extensively with external advisors and vendors. The Director, Assistant Controller possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills, is excited to develop professionally within a high growth organization, and has hands-on, can do attitude to collaborate within a highly diverse finance function. This position will report to the Senior Director, Controller.


  • Ensure that the company has a strong financial infrastructure and internal controls required to support continued growth.
  • Prepare comprehensive analysis and financial presentations for senior management
  • Oversee the financial statement preparation process, analyze and review footnotes, disclosures, and other necessary supports for SEC filings
  • Conduct technical accounting research on complex accounting and reporting issues, including but not limited to collaboration accounting, equity and debt financing, lease accounting, and stock compensation
  • Assess new and complex business transactions, especially those which involve significant judgement and technical expertise
  • Play an integral role in establishing the Company's Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance program and audits
  • Draft and implement policies and process narratives to ensure a strong internal control environment
  • Oversee all aspects of cash flow, cost allocation, financial statements, consolidations, and assist FP&A with financial modeling and analysis
  • Support the implementation of various systems and processes within the department, including an ERP system, Accounts Payable automation, equity administration program, inventory and supply chain module, and other ad hoc system roll-out, to ensure compliance with our internal control framework
  • Achieve preparedness for commercialization/ product launch accounting, including revenue recognition
  • Manage the audit process, including maintaining relationships with auditors and external advisors
  • Improve and implement appropriate financial systems and processes; research and apply industry best practices
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory requirements PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS
    • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting or equivalent work experience
    • 8+ years of progressive experience in managing finance and accounting functions
    • CPA, including Big 4 or large regional firm experience
    • Experience in life science industry preferably mix of large and small company environments
    • Strong technical (US GAAP) accounting background and SEC reporting acumen
    • Familiarity with compliance requirements of a public company
    • Detailed knowledge of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, including Section 404, and an ability to drive the Company's compliance with all relevant accounting and certification requirements
    • Self-directed, accomplishment-driven individual with a strong sense of passion and urgency who can work both independently and in a cross- functional team environment, fostering open communication, mutual understanding, and cooperation COMPETENCIES
      • Experience working cross-functionally to collaborate with various stakeholders and all levels of management and employees.
      • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, manage competing priorities, and adhere to tight deadlines.
      • Proficiency in identifying and solving problems while thinking outside the box.
      • Exhibits pride of ownership and sets and adheres to uncompromising quality standards for deliverables
      • Strong analytical, communication, organizational and customer service skills.
      • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Greenlight Biosciences Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. GreenLight requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees.

Keywords: GreenLight Biosciences, Inc., Medford , Assistant Controller, Other , Medford, Massachusetts

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