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Senior Accountant (Hybrid, 3 days onsite in Palo Alto Office)

Guardant Health

Guardant Health

Accounting & Finance
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Company Description

Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health oncology platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant Health has commercially launched Guardant360®, Guardant360 CDx, Guardant360 TissueNext™, Guardant360 Response™, and GuardantOMNI® tests for advanced stage cancer patients, and Guardant Reveal™ for early-stage cancer patients. The Guardant Health screening portfolio, including the Shield™ test, aims to address the needs of individuals eligible for cancer screening.

Job Description

Guardant Health is looking for a highly detail-oriented Senior Accountant who will contribute to the general ledger team of a publicly traded multinational company. This position will have the opportunity to build processes, collaborate cross-functionally, and play a key role in the team’s ability to scale.

The ideal candidate must have proven in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, proficiency in accounting systems, analytical skills, and motivation contributing to an accurate, high quality, and efficient monthly, quarterly, annual close, and financial reporting process.

To be successful, the incumbent will be a strong people leader, collaborator, communicator, and project/process manager, capable of delivering accurate results under tight deadlines and ability to thoughtfully identify business needs, with the focus on details and the drive for continuous improvement. The position will be based in our Palo Alto office reporting to the Senior Manager, Accounting.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The position will be responsible for the Company’s month-end accrual process.
  • Prepare and/or conduct detailed reviews of journal entries, and account reconciliations for all accruals including general, clinical, legal, benefit, goods in transit (GIT), and prepaid expenses.
  • Partner with FP&A, Accounts Payable, Legal, and Clinical departments to develop and maintain robust processes that ensure the completeness and accuracy of accruals.
  • Maintain and/or manage the Company’s accrual management software (Gappify).
  • Proactively examine purchase orders to assess the percentage of completion or timing of delivery of goods or services.
  • Perform trend analysis on assigned income statement and balance sheet accounts and ensure all significant fluctuations are properly explained and supported.
  • Play a key role in the development, implementation, and improvement of general ledger accounting operations and related system and process improvements
  • Support maintenance of desktop procedures to ensure current processes are accurately documented
  • Coordinate and resolve issues of accounting matters with other internal and external personnel within the area of responsibility.
  • Ensure compliance with Company accounting policies and the application of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Assist in quarterly and annual auditors’ and SOX reviews and provide reconciliation support to help facilitate an optimal audit process.
  • Serve as backup on month-end duties assigned to other team members.
  • Utilize ERP to obtain and analyze complex financial information. Confer with technical teams to design and develop reports.
  • As necessary, contribute to department and organization special projects as assigned and perform independent and objective project analysis to support management with the decision-making process.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics required. CPA with Big 4 public accounting experience a plus.
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in a public company is required.
  • Must have large ERP systems experience (Oracle Fusion, Blackline, Gappify Software a plus).
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP, SOX, and SEC reporting.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills including lookups, sumif formulas and pivot tables required.
  • Provide strong leadership, coaching, and training to one general ledger accountant, fostering professional development and growth
  • Experience building out processes, procedures, and workflows that enable sustainable scaling of the business.
  • Ability to effectively work across teams and levels, both within the accounting functions and across functions, including Tax, Supply Chain, Facilities, IT, and senior leadership.
  • Ability to analyze and write commentary to explain results/variances in a concise and clear manner.
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills, ability to link information together, and solution-oriented individual.
  • Self-motivated individual with demonstrated experience and continuous desire in improving and streamlining processes.
  • Must be adaptable, agile, able to multi-task, and take on additional responsibilities as necessary.
  • Possesses energy, and enthusiasm to drive results, action-oriented. Exhibit a sense of urgency towards attaining department goals, issue resolution and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, dynamic, fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects and resources effectively, while meeting deadlines and delivering quality work.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and in a matrixed team environment, shifting between the role of an individual contributor, team player and project manager.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills which include defining issues, focusing on achieving workable solutions, and generating innovative ideas to build or improve existing systems.
  • Demonstrates strong proficiency and knowledge in area(s) of expertise and company business and proficiency in strategic and financial processes.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills, including effective verbal and written communication, listens to and understands various viewpoints, shares relevant information timely, provides constructive feedback and maintains professionalism.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships that establish trust, credibility, and confidence.
  • Promotes collaboration and assists others with their initiatives and efforts.

Additional Information

Hybrid Work Model: At Guardant Health, we have defined days for in-person/onsite collaboration and work-from-home days for individual-focused time. All U.S. employees who live within 50 miles of a Guardant facility will be required to be onsite on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We have found aligning our scheduled in-office days allows our teams to do the best work and creates the focused thinking time our innovative work requires. At Guardant, our work model has created flexibility for better work-life balance while keeping teams connected to advance our science for our patients.

For positions based in Palo Alto, CA or Redwood City, CA, the base salary range for this full-time position is $96,000 to $129,600. The range does not include benefits, and if applicable, bonus, commission, or equity.

Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including, but not limited to, job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. If you are selected to move forward, the recruiting team will provide details specific to the factors above.

Employee may be required to lift routine office supplies and use office equipment. Majority of the work is performed in a desk/office environment; however, there may be exposure to high noise levels, fumes, and biohazard material in the laboratory environment. Ability to sit for extended periods of time.

Guardant Health is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our hiring processes for candidates with disabilities, long-term conditions, mental health conditions, or sincerely held religious beliefs. If you need support, please reach out to [email protected]

Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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