Job Locations US-MA-Waltham
Regular Full-Time


OvaScience is a company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of new treatment options for women and families struggling with infertility. At OvaScience, we are committed to harnessing our discovery of egg precursor cells to help women experience the joy of having biological children of her own. We are a company of people who understand the challenges and emotional roller coaster of a woman’s fertility journey. In fact, many OvaScience employees have themselves experienced infertility and care deeply about helping make the fertility journey a bit easier for others. Joining OvaScience means joining a team of passionate and compassionate individuals who are working hard every day to make a difference for women and couples around the world.

OvaScience is looking for a Controller to join our team.   This position, based in Waltham, MA, reporting to the Senior Vice President of Finance, will be a key contributor in building a dynamic financial organization dedicated to financial integrity and focused on supporting our research and development strategy. The Controller will be responsible for financial reporting activities including but not limited to SEC, independent audit firm, consultants, GL close, and SOX. Specifically, the Controller will ensure the financial organization delivers timely financials in accordance with GAAP, ensure all significant estimates and judgments have been fully documented and that internal controls are documented and operating effectively for SOX compliance. In addition, the Controller will interact with key stakeholders including executive management, board of directors, external auditors, licensing partners, M&A partners, investors, etc.


  • Manage the accounting and reporting function consisting of the monthly closing and consolidation process, general ledger, cash disbursements and receipts.
  • Streamline and automate the close process. Recommend and implement any changes necessary to improve the process.
  • Own the periodic SEC filings, Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
  • Create internal and external financial reports.
  • Prepare technical accounting memos.
  • Maintain and ensure ongoing compliance with accounting policies and procedures including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) internal control documentation.
  • Prepare / review journal entries, account reconciliations.
  • Manage service providers and consultants, including external independent auditor.
  • Ensure compliance with Corporate finance initiatives and reporting deadlines.
  • Prepare intercompany journal entries and reconciliations for multiple entities monthly.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance plus an MBA or similar post-graduate qualification.
  • CPA certification and manager experience in public accounting.
  • A minimum of 10 year of combined public and industry experience in roles of increasing responsibility in the finance and accounting functions of a high-growth company, including responsibility for financial accounting, SEC reporting and internal management reporting.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry encompassing research, development and commercial functions demonstrating a keen understanding of critical accounting and financial reporting issues, risks and challenges particular to the industry.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Unquestionable integrity and personal ethics.
  • Strong technical accounting and financial reporting acumen and knowledge and understanding of U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting rules and regulations.
  • Success in building an effective financial reporting function in a high growth global pharmaceutical or biotechnology company and implementing “best practice” policies and processes related to financial reporting.
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to motivate, coach, delegate and influence others and to inspire confidence, respect and enthusiasm.
  • Creative, flexible and an entrepreneurial mindset to the solution of financial and business issues; sound business judgment.
  • Professional written and oral communication and effective interpersonal skills in dealing with all levels of personnel within the Company as well as external vendors, service providers and others.
  • Ability to listen, negotiate, guide and facilitate.
  • Ability to lead and operate effectively in a team-oriented business.
  • Tireless work ethic. Must be tenacious, with the emotional intelligence to know when to push harder and when to look for alternative approaches.
  • Confident and self-aware with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. Capable of quickly establishing credibility.
  • Extremely well organized and objective oriented.


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