VP, Accounting

Administration (100) · Seattle, Washington
Department Administration (100)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive



Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapies with novel mechanisms of action in key kidney disease pathways. Our development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and well-defined clinical development opportunities. Our lead program, atrasentan, is a potent and selective, small molecule inhibitor of the endothelin A receptor that is planned to move into a phase 3 registrational trial for IgA nephropathy and a phase 2 basket trial for glomerular diseases, in 2021. We are advancing BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, in an ongoing phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy, and CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for primary hyperoxaluria, towards trial initiation in 2021. Our pipeline also includes several additional preclinical programs at the validation and lead optimization stages, and we continue to actively evaluate business development opportunities around early and late-stage clinical assets in kidney disease. 


Chinook completed the third quarter of 2020 with over $290 million in operating capital and trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol, “KDNY.”  The company has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.




The Vice President of Accounting (“VP, Accounting”) is responsible for the financial management, internal controls, and compliance to support Chinook’s business.  Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), the VP, Accounting is responsible for leading the accounting team, and overseeing all accounting-related activities, including: preparation of timely and accurate financial statements, internal controls, SEC reporting, tax compliance, risk management, insurance, and technical accounting and analysis.    


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Lead and actively manage Chinook’s accounting team.
  • Enhance and maintain financial management systems and infrastructure that support the current and future organization.
  • Support the CFO, to ensure that Chinook maintains access to the appropriate level of funding to support the Company’s business strategies.
  • Oversee the preparation of accurate and timely financial statements in accordance with GAAP and SEC reporting guidelines.
  • Oversee the annual audit and quarterly reviews to ensure the timely filing of all reports required by the SEC.
  • Manage relationship with independent accountants.
  • Develop and maintain a strong internal control environment over financial reporting in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Lead the process for preparing materials for and conducting Audit Committee meetings.
  • Manage the processes to support and conduct related meetings of the Disclosure Committee.
  • Analyze and document conclusions for complex and technical accounting issues.
  • Work collaboratively with the VP, Finance to develop and support a robust management and financial reporting system.
  • Ensure tax compliance across all jurisdictions.
  • Engage external experts to develop appropriate tax planning strategies.
  • Manage banking relationships.
  • Ensure that Chinook maintains adequate levels of insurance based on its exposure and risk profile.




Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration
  • 10+ years of experience building, leading and managing the accounting function
  • CPA required
  • Big 4 accounting experience a plus
  • Public company experience required
  • Experience in the biotechnology industry strongly preferred


Skill and Knowledge:


  • A team player with excellent managerial skills, strong business acumen and strategic decision-making capabilities.
  • Ability to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful.
  • Ability to attract, retain, develop, and motivate top talent.
  • Belief in collaborative communication, idea sharing and empowering others.
  • Provides leadership to the Accounting team and across the organization.
  • Maintains the highest levels of ethics and integrity.


Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, place of origin, religion, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and disability or any other federal, state, provincial or local protected ground.


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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    Administration (100)
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience