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Senior Accounting Manager, WWRD, US Controllership

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
May 20, 2024

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Administration, Accounting
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Who We Are

It takes a village, and at BioMarin our corporate groups are the people behind our success. Groups such as IT, Finance, Legal, Global Compliance & Ethics, and our People Team provide foundational support of all areas of operation at BioMarin.

SUMMARYThis Senior Accounting Manager role is part of the U.S. Controllership team, with a focus on the accounting for the WWRD (World-wide Research and Development) function. This role will be reporting to the Director, U.S. Controllership, and be part of a great team who values flexibility, excellence, integrity, and work-life balance. We are a global company with teams across the US, EUCAN, ICON, and other regions. This role will be responsible for the U.S. WWRD accounting and will collaborate across different teams and functions of our business. This is a great opportunity to join us to learn about our WWRD business and accounting. We offer a hybrid model to get both personal connections as well as remote flexibilities. Tuesday and Thursday in the San Rafael campus while Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are remote. To learn more about BioMarin, please visit or find information from our publicly available 10-Q or 10-K filing with the S.E.C. with ticker BMRN.RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Build strong partnership and collaboration with the WWRD business partners and within the finance organization to understand business activities and be the advisor in terms of accounting
  • Own and provide oversight of the WWRD function accounting
  • Review work performed by the senior accountants (e.g. contracts, journal entries, recons)
  • Review vendor contracts to determine the proper U.S. GAAP accounting, ability to interpret complex transactions and explain in simple terms
  • Review (and/or prepare) WWRD accounting for pre-clinical, clinical trials, and/or alliance collaboration agreements during the financial close cycles
  • Review (and/or prepare) balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Review (and/or perform) flux analysis and commentary to explain what’s going on in the business
  • Ensure income statement and balance sheet are accurate, timely, and compliant with U.S. GAAP and company policies
  • Complete 10-Q and 10-K requests for submission to the External Reporting team
  • Complete tasks to support both internal and external audits, SOX control compliance
  • Seek process improvement and efficiencies to drive synergy across the teams and regions
  • Minimum 8+ years’ accounting experience in General Ledger Accounting, with hands-on financial close responsibilities
  • Experience in mentoring and coaching team members’ performance
  • Experience with high volume and complex contract transactions
  • Experience in pre-clinical, clinical trials and contract research organizations
  • Expertise in ASC 730 R&D  
  • Publicly traded company financial accounting and controls experience
  • Life science / biotech pharma industry with research and development experience a huge plus
  • Experience in Record to Report and Source to Pay processes
  • Excellent in Excel formulas and data analytics
  • Oracle and/or SAP ERP systems experience
A strong candidate will be our “go to person” to lead, solve problems, and get stuff done. Attention to details, organization, critical thinking, and great analytical skills are essential to this role.EDUCATIONBachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required or equivalent accounting experiences

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


BioMarin is a global biotechnology company dedicated to transforming lives through genetic discovery. In 1997, the company was founded to make a big difference in small patient populations, focusing on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. BioMarin sought to help patients whose voices could not always be heard and treat conditions that were not always in mainstream medical conversations. Throughout its history, BioMarin has worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science. The company’s first approved therapy was inspired by a father who refused to accept there was no therapy for his son’s rare diagnosis. That relentless pursuit to change the course of his son’s future through the power of science is at the core of who BioMarin is today.

Through the company’s expertise in genetics and molecular biology, BioMarin has developed eight first or best-in-class targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions it seeks to treat, helping to better the lives of those struggling with rare genetic disease. The company’s purposeful and scientifically precise team of physicians and scientists has honed each treatment modality to seek transformative therapies.

Now, BioMarin seeks to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled the last 25 plus years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Each drug candidate pursued is guided by a fundamental understanding of the genetics and underlying biology of the condition it will address. The company believes that applying its knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The more innovative solutions developed, the more lives BioMarin can impact.

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