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Senior Corporate Counsel

Senior Corporate Counsel

Position Summary:

Gritstone is seeking a senior attorney to be the second in-house counsel at the company. Gritstone is an innovative, fast-paced oncology biotech.  We are a tightly-knit, hard-working, friendly company with a noble goal—curing cancer.  As part of a small but efficient and productive legal team, the incoming senior attorney will have opportunity to explore, tackle and solve a wide variety of legal issues as they converge with scientific and business matters, and therefore, must be an agile thinker, have a keen eye for spotting issues, possess a flexible, practical and thoughtful approach to solving complex legal and business issues, and have an excellent work ethic, topped off with a friendly, professional and courteous demeanor.  The person in this role must be intellectually curious and ready to enthusiastically tackle novel legal and industry issues.

The responsibilities of the new counsel role include, but are not limited to:

  • General legal support of the company, with specific areas of responsibility based on the individual’s particular experience.
  • Assisting with preparation for meetings of stockholders, Board of Directors and committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Become familiar with and assist with management and strategy for company’s growing IP portfolio.
  • Assist with development, training and implementation of compliance and other policies.
  • Draft, negotiate and manage agreements for all company departments, including Clinical Operations, Manufacturing, Research, Finance, Regulatory/Quality, HR, etc.
  • Collaborate to develop strategic roadmap for Legal and Compliance Department in order to optimally support Gritstone’s growth and success.
  • Prepare and deliver training materials to variety of internal client audiences on topics from compliance, to confidentiality, to trade secrets and beyond.
  • Research, assess, and concisely advise internal clients on wide variety of legal issues as they arise, including complex issues such as EU General Data Privacy Act, export/import controls.
  • Travel to all Gritstone facilities (Emeryville, Cambridge, Pleasanton) and support internal clients.

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • JD (Juris Doctor) degree from an accredited law school with membership in good standing at a state bar (California or Massachusetts preferred).
  • 8+ years legal practice experience with at least 5 years representing Life Sciences clients.
  • At least 3 years’ experience at a top law firm and a minimum of 2 years experience in-house at a biotech/pharmaceutical company.
  • Demonstratrd extensive experience as a “generalist” supporting biotech/pharmaceutical clients.
  • Experience managing patent portfolio, with a preference for patent license and/or relevant scientific undergraduate/graduate degree.
  • Experience in general securities and corporate law with an emphasis on representing public and private companies, including, compliance matters for publicly traded companies, i.e. coordinating and providing legal advice on corporate governance, Delaware corporation law, SEC fillings including proxy statements, 8-Ks, 10-Ks and 10-Qs, Section 16 and other public disclosures, Sarbanes-Oxley and NASDAQ compliance and disclosure matters.
  • Experience with healthcare compliance a plus; willingness to learn and assume responsibilities regarding Gritstone’s compliance program a requirement.

Other Qualifications:

  • Responsiveness to emails and internal requests; adherence to deadlines; excellent time-management skills.
  • Must be able to thrive in a collaborative, teamwork environment.  Flexibility and ability to re-prioritize workload is essential.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Independence, resourcefulness and ability to identify creative solutions to novel issues.
  • Strategic agility, strong critical, and logical thinking. 
  • Excellent presentation and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Congenial, professional and courteous demeanor.

Assistant Controller / Controller

Assistant Controller / Controller

Position Summary:

The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Controller / Controller will be to oversee the accounting function, including internal and external financial reporting. The Assistant Controller / Controller is a multi-faceted leadership position, managing SEC Reporting & SOX 404; Corporate Accounting; Accounting and Financial Assurance; Financial Planning and Analysis.

Specific roles and responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day activities of the accounting department, including transaction processing, accounting close process, and accurate preparation of financial accounting results and management reporting.
  • Evaluation, implementation and maintenance of financial software systems.
  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert to include: developing, maintaining and enforcing accounting policies and procedures in accordance with US GAAP and other authoritative literature; leading analysis of the application of technical accounting standards to complex business issues and transactions and providing well-supported documentation of positions and conclusions; and overseeing SEC reporting guidelines.
  • Keeps informed of current developments in the field of US GAAP standards, other authoritative standards, new legislation, professional trends, and technological advances within biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements (and related footnote disclosures) in accordance with US GAAP.
  • Oversee the timely and accurate preparation of external financial reporting, including the drafting and finalization of Forms 10-Q, 10-K and other SEC filings as required, in compliance with SEC regulations and US GAAP disclosure requirements.
  • Serve as primary contact for and manage external audit and tax service providers.
  • Design and implement strong internal controls and oversee execution and testing of controls to ensure overall compliance with SOX 404 requirements.
  • Key participant in the budgeting and forecasting process.  Perform periodic budget vs actual analyses.
  • Oversee tax planning, compliance and filings, including corporate income tax, and sales and use tax.
  • Manage, mentor and develop a high performing and collaborative finance team. 
  • Keeps informed of current developments in the field of US GAAP standards, other authoritative standards, new legislation, professional trends, and technological advances within biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned to make this job a career building experience.


Minimum Education/Experience

  • BS/BA degree in accounting, with a CPA license and extensive background working in both public accounting and industry.
  • At least 10 years of finance and accounting experience in a fast-paced, results-oriented, hands-on environment at a small to medium size publicly-traded company, preferably in the life sciences, medical technology or diagnostics industries.
  • Ability to be visionary in building an experienced and high-performing accounting team to commensurate with the growth of the Company.
  • Team-oriented with outstanding integrity, accuracy and organizational skills.
  • Ability to proactively identify and solve problems.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate interaction with all levels of an organization and outside audiences as well as excellent listening skills; open and responsive to new ideas.
  • A positive, self-confident, decisive leader, with a track record in developing high performing teams, and leveraging a collaborative, coaching approach in management style.
  • Computer skills: Functional experience with an ERP; proficiency in MS Office applications such as; Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in system implementation.

Other Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to work effectively in a fast-paced, small start-up company environment.
  • Self-motivated, self-disciplined and able to function independently as well as part of a team.
  • Strong ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work in an evolving environment.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills.


Director/Senior Director, Vaccine Technologies

Director/Senior Director, Vaccine Technologies

Position Summary:

The Director/Senior Director of Vaccine Technologies will lead a molecular biology and virology team that develops cancer vaccines consisting of personalized tumor neo-epitope expression cassettes delivered by potentially various vaccine platforms such as self replicating RNA, viruses and plasmid.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment and line management of lab scientists and technicians. 

  • Management and hands-on responsibility for vaccine development, including design and optimization of personalized multi-epitope expression cassette delivered by various vaccine platforms with strong focus on RNA based vaccines.

Requirements and Education:

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Virology, or related field

  • Strong academic track record with >5 years in industry, 4+ in management

  • Significant track record of accomplishment as evidenced by launched products or core contributions to publications

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent experience in developing self replicating RNA vaccines with expertise in molecular biology and virology techniques. Experience with Adenovirus, Lentivirus or plasmid vaccines preferred.

  • Strong management skills with managing a diverse group of scientists focusing on the development of various vaccine platforms

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A good work ethic and willingness to participate in a fast-pace work environment are essential