Corporate Controller

Tenaya Therapeutics

San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Accounting/Finance
  • Post Date: 02/22/2021
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  • Company Address: 1650 Owens St. 4th floor, San Francisco, CA, 94158

About Tenaya Therapeutics

Tenaya Therapeutics is a privately-held biopharmaceutical company backed by The Column Group. The Company was founded in 2016 by world-leading scientists from the Gladstone Institute’s Cardiovascular Division and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Job Description

Tenaya Therapeutics is a preclinical-stage, Series C, privately-held biopharmaceutical company that is shaping the future of heart disease treatment driven by a bold mission: to discover, develop and deliver curative therapies that address the underlying drivers of disease. Tenaya is developing therapies for rare genetic disorders as well as for more prevalent heart conditions through three platforms: Gene Therapy, Regeneration and Precision Medicine. Founded by leading cardiology researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and UT Southwestern, Tenaya is backed by a top-tier syndicate of investors, including The Column Group, Casdin Capital, RA Capital, RTW, Fidelity, T Rowe Price, GV and others. Tenaya Therapeutics currently has 75+ full-time employees (not including consultants) and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California, USA. For more information, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn.
Diversity & Inclusion is a core Value for Tenaya and we encourage those from under-represented communities to apply.


This position reports to the Vice President, Finance and will lead a small team of dedicated finance professionals in scaling our Finance operations to support Tenaya’s growth from a start-up to a public company. The Corporate Controller will be accountable for building a robust financial operation on the path to public company readiness, including optimizing the close process, strengthening our internal controls, and managing key relationships with external accounting and audit service providers.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and experienced hands-on leader who is focused and also nimble balancing strategic goals with day-to-day operations. You are motivated by a dynamic, fast-paced environment and by working in partnership with other community-minded team members. You will leverage your experience in audit and public company controllership together with your critical thinking skills, relationship building, and excellent communication skills to build a world-class finance organization for a growing, special company focused on heart patients and their families.

Key Responsibilities

Provide leadership and oversight of our accounting operations, financial systems, and monthly close process; and ensure management reports and financial statements are prepared timely and in accordance with GAAP

Develop new, and improve existing, financial policies, procedures and controls that will support our growth and increasing complexity, including strengthening our internal control environment; you will implement a future SOX program compliant with relevant 404 requirements

Lead, mentor and grow a highly effective team of finance professionals who practice Tenaya Values, contribute to the Community and are highly respected by the rest of the organization

Stay abreast of key technical accounting pronouncements, analyze risks and benefits, and manage the adoption and timing; you will be our accounting thought leader

Be accountable for the annual financial audit and periodic quarterly reviews

Review draft contracts and agreements and, as the key finance liaison, provide insightful feedback on terms and language that may impact taxes, accounting treatment, and other financial and business areas

Lead the upgrade of our financial systems from Quick Books to a more robust and scalable ERP platform; responsible for the integration with other financial systems and the foresight to think ahead of our future needs in developing the internal architecture

Manage the future external reporting process and build the related business processes to ensure successful and timely SEC filings; includes coordination with key executives, HR and Legal in developing the 10Q, 10K and other required documents

Responsible for transitioning our stock system to a more robust public company platform and managing our external stock admin service provider


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Management required, advanced degree preferred.
  • CPA with Big 4 audit experience; knowledgeable of PCAOB standards and current accounting pronouncements
  • Minimum 15+ years of relevant finance and accounting experience in the biotech industry.
  • Experience leading a private biotech company on the path to public company readiness is highly preferred. Experience in companies transitioning to clinical development and establishing internal manufacturing experience a plus.
  • Solid foundation in SEC rules and regulations and SOX compliance
  • A track record of being hands-on and nimble, implementing process improvements and other initiatives for a company going through various growth phases
  • Proven ability to develop and foster strong relationships up, down and across the company; also manage and enhance relationships with external service providers as the face of Finance
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), e.g. in articulating sometimes complex financial issues, synthesizing diverse concepts, and relaying relevant issues from a business perspective
  • Technically savvy with systems and ability to build processes and utilize technology to enhance productivity, reduce errors, and mitigate risks.


We offer a dynamic start-up environment and a collaborative, passionate team that is focused on a compelling vision and mission.

We offer competitive salary and stock options. Excellent medical and non-medical benefits. Paid vacation, sick time and holidays.

State-of-the-art, built-to-suit office and lab space, part of a larger cluster of biotech companies, with amenities that include a bowling alley and onsite gym.

Shuttle service to/from Caltrain, BART and the South San Francisco Ferry.

Tenaya is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.