Associate Director, Finance
Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE) – a biopharmaceutical company with operations in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Boston, MA, USA – is committed to delivering innovative medicines to provide a brighter future for patients suffering from neurological disorders.
At Xenon, we are advancing an exciting pipeline of neurology-focused therapies, with a particular emphasis on novel treatments for both adult and pediatric patients with epilepsy. XEN496 is currently being evaluated in the Phase 3 “EPIK” clinical trial in young patients with KCNQ2-DEE, a rare and severe form of childhood epilepsy. Late-stage development plans are also underway for our XEN1101 program, building upon the compelling data from the Phase 2b “X-TOLE” study in adult patients with focal epilepsy. We are also proud of the leading-edge science coming out of our discovery labs, with many early-stage research programs underway. In addition to Xenon’s proprietary programs, we have ongoing collaborations with our valued pharmaceutical partners. With a healthy balance sheet to support our growth plans, we continue to build a fully-integrated, premier neuroscience company with strong discovery, development, and commercial operations.
Our employees are smart, passionate, dedicated, and driven by their incredibly important work to discover, develop, and deliver new medicines for patients in need. Building and maintaining a respectful, collaborative, inclusive, and productive culture is a priority for us. We are looking for great people who thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment to join our team during this transformative time for Xenon. To learn more about job opportunities at Xenon, please visit www.xenon-pharma.com.
We are seeking an Associate Director, Finance to join our growing Finance team. This position will be reporting to the Director, Finance. The successful candidate will be a key leader within the Xenon Finance team and responsible for various areas including tax, financial reporting, and SOX, in addition to supporting corporate governance matters, strategic initiatives, and transactions. This position will be in the Burnaby, BC location.
- Manage Canadian and U.S. compliance activities through effective working relationships with external service providers
- Manage tax accounting and reporting, including preparation of tax provisions, valuation allowances, and deferred tax account reconciliations (Canada and U.S.)
- Manage all transfer pricing work with external service providers and oversee preparation of transfer pricing calculations
- Coordinate the process for and preparation of the organization’s Research and Development tax credit calculations and supporting documentation
- Oversee sales and local tax reporting and other non-income tax issues
- Lead payroll tax compliance activities pertaining to cross-border employees
- Lead activities associated with the annual assessment of Passive Foreign Investment Corporation determinations and assist with external communications
- Management of tax audits and responses to all tax notices and related correspondence
- Maintain a continuing awareness of developments and changes in tax laws and tax accounting guidance
- Serve as a tax resource to support tax planning initiatives and assessing tax effects of transactions
Financial Reporting and Project Work
- Manage the preparation of consolidated financial statements under U.S. GAAP
- Assist with the preparation of other external filings, including Proxy, Prospectuses, etc.
- Manage the interim and annual audit processes
- Research accounting guidance and prepare technical memos under U.S. GAAP and support resolution of technical accounting matters with external auditors
- Support special projects as required
- Manage the annual internal audit planning and scoping process
- Maintain SOX control documentation, make recommendations and update for changes in processes and controls throughout the year
- Coordinate with external SOX consultants and external auditors, ensuring efficient execution of SOX testing and appropriate risk management
- Support the preparation of regular reports to the Audit Committee on SOX compliance
- Other duties as required
- Recruit, lead, direct, develop, coach and evaluate direct reports, if any, in accordance with the Company’s Human Resource policies and practices
- Act in accordance with Company policies, including, for example, the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and ensure policies are understood and followed by direct reports, if any
- Professional designation (CPA or equivalent) is required, technical training with Big Four or large regional CPA firm preferred
- Public company experience is required (could be within Big Four or large regional CPA firm)
- Strong understanding and working knowledge of U.S. GAAP and SOX requirements
- Completion of CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Program is an asset with preference for U.S. tax experience
- Proven experience building strong relationships with external service providers
- Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage concurrent deliverables and work effectively in a challenging, high performance, team environment
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral); communicates in a clear, concise and organized manner; listens and works collaboratively with others outside of Finance to obtain information
- Ability to think and act strategically, anticipate road-blocks and map out next steps
- Self‐motivated, with initiative and the ability to take ownership of, and drive projects from start to finish
- Demonstrated high level of integrity and ethics
- Experience in the biotech industry is an asset
To apply for this position, click Apply Now to complete the application. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of applicants, only those chosen for interview will be contacted.