• Controller

    Job Locations US-NC-Raleigh-Durham
    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/24/2018 3:01 PM)
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  • Overview

    Pairwise believes healthy food should be affordable, convenient, and sustainable.  We believe gene editing can be used to accelerate plant breeding in leveraging the natural genetic diversity in agricultural crops to address global food challenges.  We are bringing the benefits of these new innovations both to producers and directly to consumers through the produce aisle of their local grocery store.  Located in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, Pairwise was formed in 2017 and has plans to add about 100 employees over the next year to help meet our aggressive product development goals. 

    The Controller is responsible for performing and managing all aspects of financial operations for Pairwise Plants, looking to located in the Raleigh-Durham metro area. These functions will include but not be limited to accounting, reporting, financial planning and analysis.  This role will be highly visible within the organization and the position will report directly to the VP, Business Operations.  This individual will report operational results under US GAAP, ensures internal control compliance,


    • Provide day-to-day management of accounting activities including transactions, policies, controls and procedures.
    • Ensure accurate and complete financial records and reporting, in compliance with legal requirements and US GAAP standards.
    • Lead, review, train and mentor staff accountant and other admin staff responsible for accounts payable, expense reports, payroll, revenue recognition, leases, fixed assets and bank reconciliations.
    • Drive annual budgeting and periodic forecasting processes and deliver variance analysis and other management reports.
    • Present operating results to leadership team and the Board and provide recommendations to streamline operations.
    • Assist in drafting company-wide policies and procedures.
    • Perform technical accounting research and document conclusions on accounting treatment for complex issues.
    • Responsible for timely month-end close and financial reporting.
    • Manage federal and state tax compliance including income, payroll and sales and use tax reporting and filings.
    • Manage relationship with outsourced service providers covering accounting, tax, IT and procurement.
    • Vendor management, including preparation and review of contracts for appropriate business terms and potential accounting treatment.
    • Manage cash flow and provide periodic reporting as required to management and investors.
    • Serve as liaison to investors and respond to inquiries and information requests.
    • Other projects and tasks, as assigned




    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Good planning and organizational skills to balance and prioritize work
    • Ability to perform at high levels in a fast-paced ever-changing work environment
    • Should possess excellent business acumen that includes good financial skills, financial analysis, and budgeting skills
    • Demonstrated leadership skills as an organization-wide strategic planner and in the successful implementation for those plans, both short and long term
    • Personal characteristics which include outstanding verbal and communication skills on an individual and group basis, excellent writing skills, professional appearance, and a positive demeanor
    • The candidate will be a high-energy professional with demonstrated self-confidence, high integrity, and sensitivity to others
    • Strong relationship building


    Key Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, CPA required.
    • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience.
    • Public accounting and agricultural industry experience desired.
    • Strong knowledge of U.S. GAAP, reporting and compliance.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work and communicate effectively at all levels within and external to the organization.
    • High personal integrity and strong work ethic. Excellent writing/documentation skills.
    • Ability to operate with substantial latitude in a fast-paced environment.
    • Proven record of achieving on-time monthly deliverables in support of financial close.
    • Strong leadership & managerial abilities.




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