Senior SOX Accountant

Accounting Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. seeks highly qualified candidates for a Senior SOX accountant position. Under general directions of the SOX Compliance Manager, and based on advanced knowledge, expertise and extensive experience of accepted auditing practices and standards as promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors develops audit programs for financial and operational audits. Performs financial and operational audits and special reviews of differing magnitude and complexity which may include reviewing information technology processes and systems.

Respects, understands, and values individual differences that embody the principles of diversity. Abide by all professional, environment, and safety regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducts audits to verify financial integrity and compliance with laws and regulations, professional standards, the economy and efficiency of operations. Confers with reporting manager, appropriate counselor subject matter expert on complex or unusual needs or findings
  • Conducts audits to verify Accounting, Operation, and Information Technology processes and audit work assigned by reporting manager to recommend as needed Accounting, Operation, and Information Technology control improvements
  • Determines and performs detailed audit procedures that support internal control reporting: identifies and defines issues, develops judgment criteria, reviews and analyzes evidence, prepares work papers, develops and documents audit issues and recommendations. Coordinates audit work with personnel as appropriate
  • Prepares and submits reports on results of audits, recommends improvements in procedures and practices where appropriate; discusses findings and recommendations with audited individual(s); routinely verifies and documents implementation of agreed upon changes
  • Maintains and improves skills in accounting, information systems, and other areas as necessary to ensure compliance with professional standards
  • Assists with development and implementation of procedures and methodologies
  • Utilizes software tools to automate the audit process and analyze data on computer systems
  • Determines whether costs proposed and incurred are accurate, properly supported, and reasonable in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Other duties as assigned by reporting manager

Education, Registration & Certification, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business, or information technology
  • 3-5 years of experience in external audit, internal auditor testing/reviewing for compliance of business controls
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate to all levels of management
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, & PowerPoint) applications required
  • Willingness to travel domestically or internationally, less than 10% annually
  • Auditing CRO milestone contracts experience, preferred
  • CIA, CISA, CISM, CISSP, or CPA certifications, preferred 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This is an office-based role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand, as necessary.

This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for employees and their dependents with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, ESPP and other equity compensation, paid time off (PTO), long-term disability insurance, life insurance and more!

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Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.