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Financial Ops Manager

DNA Script

DNA Script

Accounting & Finance, Operations
le kremlin-bicêtre, france
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

DNA Script

DNA Script is a leading company in manufacturing de novo synthetic nucleic acids using enzymatic DNA synthesis (EDS) technology. The company aims at accelerating innovation in life science and technology through the decentralization of rapid, on demand and high-quality DNA synthesis. DNA Script's approach leverages nature's billions of years of evolution in synthesizing DNA to set a new standard for customizing nucleic acid synthesis thus accelerating discovery in genetics, genomics, and synthetic biology. Discovery disciplines with profound impacts upon humanity such as biopharma, translational genetics and even molecular information storage all start with synthetic DNA. The company has recently initiated the commercialization of its first EDS powered platform, the SYNTAX system.

To date, DNA Script has raised over $315M of financing, with leading investors such as Coatue Management, Fidelity Management and Research, Catalio Capital Management, Casdin Capital, LSP, Bpifrance Large Ventures, Danaher, Illumina Ventures, Agilent, Merck Ventures, Sofinnova Partners, Kurma Partners, T Rowe Price, Baillie Gifford and Eurazeo.

DNA Script also partners on technology and product development with leading organizations such as DARPA, IARPA, Moderna Therapeutics, GE Research, Illumina, the Broad Institute, Harvard University, Institut Pasteur and the French Department of Defense.

DNA Script has its research and manufacturing facilities headquartered in Paris, France, and is in the process of expanding its commercial and development teams in South San Francisco.

Opportunity and Challenges :

We are looking to assemble a team of best-in-class, innovative and passionately eager people. We want to gather their talents and skills to achieve one goal: unlock the power of “DNA-write.” We offer the opportunity of joining a dynamic, international, and highly skilled team in a pioneering startup. Our DNA On Demand platform not only has the potential to change the way the world makes and uses synthetic DNA, but also to accelerate the rate of discovery by delivering upon the promise of same-day results.

This is an opportunity to join a rapidly growing company and to have a large impact on developing a technology that will have far-reaching impacts across biological sciences.

Position summary

We are a united and dynamic Finance team of 8 people, and we are looking for a candidate willing to develop and grow our global Finance operations as DNA Script is undergoing its transformation from an R&D to a commercial company.

As Finance Ops Manager, you will lead the team responsible to produce DNA Script’s financial data, in a timely and reliable manner.

Your role will lie on 3 key areas including the creation or automatization of processes within the team and in relation with the rest of the company, the supervision of those processes through the management of our accountants and finally the definition of key and strategic accounting treatments for DNA Script.

To be a successful candidate, you should not only be passionate about accounting and finance but also be a data-driven and system-oriented person. You will be based in our Paris Office, manage our accountants in France and in the US and will report to Thibaut, our current Finance Associate Director.

In this role, you will

  • Be responsible for the implementation and continuous improvement of the Finance team processes including:
  • Reducing our month end close process to a D+5 standard
  • Implementation of consolidation accounting
  • Internalization of the analytical accounting within the Finance Ops team (currently FP&A team)
  • Strengthening internal control and increasing efficiency on our daily processes
  • Propose and implement new automated tools hand in hand with IT integrators including for example:
  • Automatizing our consolidation process within our ERP, NetSuite
  • Automatizing A/P for example through implementation of character recognition tools for Bill entry
  • Integration of complex accounting treatments such as Leasing, Pensions or Employee Equity Award valuation within our ERP or IT tools
  • Manage our growing Accounting team of 4 accountants based in France and in the US
  • Create adhesion around the team projects and ensure understanding of the team objectives
  • Assign responsibilities within the team and design inspiring professional development plan for its members
  • Manage growth of the team both in size and geography
  • Ensure the accurate definition and implementation of accounting policies through a wide range of topic including revenue recognition, inventory valuation or implementation of US GAAP. In particular you should be able to:
  • Read and analyze accounting implications of new contracts, activities or events
  • Formulate and propose an accounting treatment by going through the relevant GAAP and analyzing positions taken by peers
  • Document your position in Memos and defend it in front of the Company Management, its Investors and its Auditors

Key Qualifications/Experience

  • You have a Master's degree or equivalent in business, finance, accounting or related field. DSCG Diploma is a plus
  • You have preferably 3-5 years of professional experience. Previous audit, consulting or investment banking experience is a plus
  • You should recognize yourself in the following key words: process, automatization, scalability and efficiency
  • You are autonomous, dynamic, able to think out of the box and to propose new solutions. In brief, you define yourself as a builder
  • You can work and manage an international team in French and in English
  • Excel wizard, experience with NetSuite is a plus

Miscellaneous

  • Based in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre
  • Contract type: CDI/Permanent

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