Finance Reporting Director

  • 1440 O'Brien Dr, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

Zai Lab (NSDAQ: ZLAB) is an innovative, research-based, commercial stage biopharmaceutical company based in China and the U.S. focused on bringing transformative medicines for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases to patients in China and around the world.

Headquartered in Shanghai since our founding in 2014, our experienced team has secured partnerships with leading global biopharma companies, generating a broad and late-stage pipeline of innovative drug candidates. Based on our extensive track record of execution and delivering results, Zai Lab has earned the reputation as a trusted partner of choice for global biopharmaceutical companies seeking to not only access the Chinese market but also find a long-term strategic partner for global clinical development.  Through these partnerships, Zai Lab has built the strongest late stage oncology portfolio with global first-in-class and/or best-in-class profile, among innovative Chinese biotech companies. We are further supplementing our pipeline with an in-house discovery effort aiming to produce 1-2 global INDs per year.

Zai Lab is rapidly expanding into a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative medicines. To that end, we have built our internal R&D center to advance our discovery pipeline, a strong clinical development and operations team, and our own manufacturing facilities in China. We have also established a highly specialized commercial team to support marketing of our innovative products in China. We believe this integrated approach will provide sustainable competitive advantages for Zai Lab.

Zai Lab was successfully listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in September 2017 and completed secondary listing on Hong Kong Stock Exchange in September 2020. Zai Lab significantly expanded with several offices across China and U.S. and opened its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco in December 2018. As of June 2021, the Company has a global team of over 1600 employees.

Job Description

(**Please Note - this is a remote position)

The Role

Financial Reporting Director directs and oversees the preparation and distribution of all periodic financial statements for external use. Ensures that reports, filings, and documentation comply with company’s regulations, professional standards, and SEC and GAAP reporting guidelines. Confirms that entries, transactions, and accounts are accurately and properly consolidated and are included in internal and external financial statements. Advises management of trends and changes in reporting requirements and recommends best approach for any changes in reporting. Serves as a liaison with the work of external auditors. Directs the preparation of materials for board or shareholders.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Preparation, accurate reporting and filing of SEC periodic reports such as Forms 8-K, 10-Q, 10-K and Annual Report.
  • Assists in the preparation of other SEC filings such as registration statements and DEF 14A.
  • Ensures compliance with all SEC, FASB, NYSE and eventual IFRS rules and regulations.
  • Develops and manages SEC filings related to XBRL reporting.
  • Coordinates, directs, plans, and executes the financial reporting component of the external audit.
  • Conducts, supports, and assists with the internal audit function and the initial implementation and ongoing SOX compliance requirements.
  • Leads all financial research efforts. Analyzes, researches, and concludes on new and proposed accounting, reporting and disclosure standards and prepare memorandums regarding the Company’s position and impact on the Company.
  • Writes, implements, and ensures effective and practical implementation of corporate policies.
  • Assists in recruiting, training, and evaluating staff; assists in developing and implementing continued training for professional accounting associates.
  • Liaison with finance department, internal legal counsel, and external independent auditors


  • A finance or accounting degree is required
  • CPA, active license status required
  • 7+ years’ experience in top-tier public accounting firms and /or public company environment
  • Extensive knowledge of SEC Reporting, US GAAP and internal control processes, SOC and internal controls experience
  • Experience / familiarity with pharmaceutical sector preferred, but not required
  • International work experience preferred, but not required
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail, demonstrated integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to stay knowledgeable about research and reach well-reasoned conclusions on technical accounting issues
  • Excellent project managerial and interpersonal skills. Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects required
  • Strategic thinking and leadership experience with an emphasis on relationship management and communication at all levels
  • Proven ability to perform under pressure and stress and to adjust plans to meeting changing needs and requirements
  • Fluency in both Mandarin and English preferred, but not required

Additional Information

Diversity Statement:  At Zai Lab we believe a diverse workforce drives our success as a company. We are always working to create an environment where different backgrounds and viewpoints are valued and celebrated.
Zai Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Zai Lab makes employment decisions, including in recruitment and selection, without consideration of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or disability.

Recruiter Statement: Zai Lab acknowledges that providers may be a valuable resource for identifying and recruiting candidates for employment.  However, we require that all recruiters engage directly with Zai Lab’s Human Resources Team and comply with Zai Lab’s requirements prior to transmitting any resumes/CVs or introducing any candidates to Zai Lab.  Zai Lab’s Human Resource Team is the only function within the Company that can enter contractual relationships with external recruiters and recruiting agencies.