VP of Finance

Location: South San Francisco


Nkarta Therapeutics is a privately held biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of engineered natural killer (“NK”) cells for treating blood cancers and solid tumors. We have an industry-leading platform to harness the power of NK cells to create off-the-shelf therapies. We expect to have multiple programs in proof-of-concept clinical trials in 2020. Our investors include NEA, Novo and SR One.


We are seeking a highly motivated Vice President of Finance to create, lead and build our internal Finance department in a fast-growing environment. The position is responsible for financial reporting, FP&A, accounts payable, payroll, treasury, tax, and internal controls. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned financial executive who has a detailed understanding of how a company’s resources can (and should) be used to achieve its strategic goals. This individual will excel at reporting financial information in a clear and concise way, and is adept at financial modeling. Public-company experience will be relevant as Nkarta grows. Finally, a passion for science and medicine, combined with industry experience, will allow the VP Finance to thrive in our fast-paced, diverse and cross-functional work environment.

While we are a relatively small company today (~26 employees, nearly all R&D), we are planning for substantial growth, and the VP Finance will be a key player in setting up Nkarta for future success. The ideal candidate will initially be able to dig in on a “hands-on” basis and transition to more of a leadership role in the near term, as the Finance function is built out in parallel with Nkarta’s growth.


The primary responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that the monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements are completed on a timely basis and in accordance with GAAP, including review of monthly journal entries, accruals and account reconciliations
  • Manage financial information systems design, implementation, enhancement, monitoring and controls
  • Develop, implement and ensure compliance with accounting policies and procedures
  • Manage annual financial audit
  • Maintain internal controls for key processes
  • FP&A including internal BvA reporting, budgets, forecasts and special projects
  • Oversee financial operations including A/P, billing and A/R
  • Oversee banking operations, payroll, stock administration, tax reporting and insurance
  • Support financing activities, including any possible S-1 filing
  • Business support including review of significant company contracts
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to help employees learn and grow in a changing environment
  • Other duties as mutually agreed upon to make this position a career building experience



  • BA/BS degree
  • CPA license desirable
  • 15+ years of experience; biotechnology-type industry experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with a Big Four certified public accounting firm is highly preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of SEC rules and regulations, procedures and practices; ability to lead all public company finance obligations, including reporting and SOX 404(b)
  • Excellent knowledge of ERP systems
  • Excellent written and interpersonal skills; ability to interface and communicate effectively with executive management and other functions within the organization
  • Strong team leadership, management, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail with ability to move easily between hands-on work and strategic thinking
  • Ability to use critical thinking and good business sense to make sound business decisions
  • Proven experience on building team and resolving conflicts in a collaborative manner

Nkarta offers a creative, team-oriented scientific environment, along with a strong compensation package that includes salary, stock options, and a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply: Please email your CV and cover letter to careers@nkartatx.com