Senior Accountant

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing personalized therapeutics for the treatment of solid tumors and blood cancers. The company’s diverse pipeline consists of small molecules that target cancer signaling pathways where there is a strong scientific and clinical rationale to improve outcomes by identifying those patients most likely to benefit from treatment. Kura Oncology’s approach to drug development is focused on rapidly translating novel science into life-saving medicines. Kura Oncology was founded in 2014 and has offices in La Jolla, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Process multi-state payroll for ~50 employees
  • Prepare and reconcile recurring payroll entries, including vacation and benefit accruals
  • Prepare and record journal entries
  • Prepare monthly reconciliations and analysis for variance accounts, including prepaids, accrued contract and clinical trial expenses, accounts receivable and project allocations
  • Perform month-end close activities
  • Support financial reviews and audits – gather information and prepare schedules as needed
  • Perform as backup for A/P functions as needed, including coding invoices and 1099 reporting
  • Ensure accuracy and compliance with GAAP, SOX and company policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties and ad hoc projects, as assigned, to support the Assistant Controller and Finance department


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or other related discipline, or the equivalent knowledge and experience; a professional certification in Accounting is preferred;
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant accounting experience, preferably in a combination of the following:  payroll, accruals, clinical trials and/or contract accounting, accounts payable;
  • Experience working in publicly traded company and life science industry preferred;
  • Knowledge of US GAAP and internal control principles for a public corporation;
  • ERP experience required; experience with Microsoft Great Plains/Dynamics and Management Reporter preferred;
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office Suite with intermediate to advanced Excel skills;
  • Detail oriented with good analytical skills;
  • Strong time management skills and ability to independently to organize multiple tasks of varying priorities and meet critical deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with various levels of co-workers, upper management, and external customers while maintaining a high degree of confidentiality; and
  • Ability to work in team environment and willing to assist other team members to achieve team goals and objectives.

Kura Oncology offers an attractive salary and benefits package, including equity incentives. To apply, please submit your resume to