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Assistant Controller

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Accounting & Finance
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Your work will change lives. Including your own.

The Impact You’ll Make

As the Assistant Controller, you will play a critical role in managing the accounting operations of Recursion, including overseeing the monthly and quarterly close, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance and international accounting.

You will act as a SOX liaison between all of our control owners and our external and internal auditors. You will have ownership over our internal policies and procedures and will manage our third-party partner relationship, ensuring our controls framework and design is appropriate and oversee the high-caliber execution on that framework by our Company. In this role, you will:

  • Oversee month-end and quarter-end closes for multiple entities, review journal entries and account reconciliations, ensuring compliance with US GAAP
  • Lead Recursion’s Sarbanes-Oxley 404b compliance processes, policies and procedures. Direct and oversee the controls design and testing from our external team, while maintaining a superb vendor relationship. Responsible for policies and the quality execution of our SOX 404b framework across all functions of our organization
  • Manage and oversee and/or support management and oversight of operational areas of accounting, such as accounts payable, close and reporting
  • Lead the international and statutory accounting in foreign countries
  • Oversight, mentorship, and development of a team of accountants
  • Grow to become a strategic business partner for the management teams to help them understand and plan critical elements of financial decisions and their impact
  • Assist with quarterly review and annual audit processes by our external auditors
  • Interface with the finance leadership team, external public accountants and attorneys as well as internal legal, tax and other departments
  • Assist with cross-functional projects on an ad-hoc basis (e.g. Financial Planning and Analysis forecasting or finance-related software implementations.)
  • Develop and implement improvement initiatives that increase the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of all financial reporting deliverables
  • Participate in special projects and initiatives as assigned by the Controller or senior management. This may include process improvements, system implementations, or other strategic initiatives


This is a hybrid role that works in-person at our Salt Lake City corporate headquarters and works from home certain days each week (50/50).

The Team You’ll Join

Reporting to the Corporate Controller, you will be an essential member of the Business Operations and Finance teams. The Business Operations and Finance teams are fun, tightly knit groups that work together across a wide range of functions and responsibilities.You will be joining a tight-knit cross-functional team with expertise in procurement, finance, accounting and information technology. We work closely with leaders in these disciplines to deliver on complex external and internal reporting requirements. We are challenged by adapting systems to an ever-changing business..

The Experience You’ll Need

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Accounting and 8+ years of experience either at a Big Four public accounting firm or a combination of public accounting and public multinational company experience
  • Active CPA certification preferred
  • Deep knowledge of the U.S. GAAP, SOX 404b compliance and SEC reporting regulations
  • Strong work ethic and sense of personal responsibility for work outcomes
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft office, ERP applications (general ledger software, consolidation software, etc) and financial reporting tools (such as Workiva)
  • Must be flexible, organized and able to accurately work under time constraints and deadlines
  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks, build relationships and to influence effectively in ambiguous situations.

How You’ll be Supported

  • Weekly 1:1s with supervisor to receive real time feedback, support and career development
  • Weekly team meetings to discuss relevant changes and coordinate work across different teams
  • For major projects, assistance and training from external subject matter experts
  • Ability to attend conferences and trainings including certifications and new skills


At Recursion, we believe that every employee should be compensated fairly. Based on the skill and level of experience required for this role, the estimated current annual base range for this role is:

  • Developing: $146,500
  • Skilled: $163,000
  • Expert: $179,500

To learn more about our level within levels, click here.

You will also be eligible for bonuses and equity compensation + our comprehensive benefits package for United States based candidates. The range displayed on each job posting reflects target ranges for US new hire salaries and is determined by job, level, and market factors.

During the interview selection process, you will connect with a Talent Acquisition Partner who will be your advocate and ally to ensure you receive the appropriate compensation that meets your needs for your skills, experience, and relevant education/training, while also reviewing our very competitive total rewards package.

The Values That We Hope You Share:

  • We Care: We care about our drug candidates, our Recursionauts, their families, each other, our communities, the patients we aim to serve and their loved ones. We also care about our work.
  • We Learn: Learning from the diverse perspectives of our fellow Recursionauts, and from failure, is an essential part of how we make progress.
  • We Deliver: We are unapologetic that our expectations for delivery are extraordinarily high. There is urgency to our existence: we sprint at maximum engagement, making time and space to recover.
  • Act Boldly with Integrity: No company changes the world or reinvents an industry without being bold. It must be balanced; not by timidity, but by doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
  • We are One Recursion: We operate with a 'company first, team second' mentality. Our success comes from working as one interdisciplinary team.

Recursion spends time and energy connecting every aspect of work to these values. They aren’t static, but regularly discussed and questioned because we make decisions rooted in those values in our day-to-day work. You can read more about our values and how we live them every day here.

More About Recursion

Recursion is a clinical stage TechBio company leading the space by decoding biology to industrialize drug discovery. Enabling its mission is the Recursion OS, a platform built across diverse technologies that continuously expands one of the world’s largest proprietary biological and chemical datasets. Recursion leverages sophisticated machine-learning algorithms to distill from its dataset a collection of trillions of searchable relationships across biology and chemistry unconstrained by human bias. By commanding massive experimental scale — up to millions of wet lab experiments weekly — and massive computational scale — owning and operating one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Recursion is uniting technology, biology and chemistry to advance the future of medicine.

Recursion is headquartered in Salt Lake City, where it is a founding member of BioHive, the Utah life sciences industry collective. Recursion also has offices in London, Toronto, Montreal and the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at www.Recursion.com, or connect on X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn.

Recursion is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, local, or provincial human rights legislation.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Recursion Pharmaceuticals and its affiliate companies do not accept resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to Recursion or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Recursion’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of Recursion, and Recursion will not owe any referral or other fees. Our team will communicate directly with candidates who are not represented by an agent or intermediary unless otherwise agreed to prior to interviewing for the job.