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Date: Aug 12, 2022

Location: San Diego, CA, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,300 employees from 70 nations.


Wacker Biotech, as part of WACKER, is a leading global biotechnology organization specializing in the production of biopharmaceuticals. The company has outstanding technologies for the rapid, efficient and thus cost-effective production of therapeutic proteins for clinical and commercial supply. Currently it is the biggest dedicated microbial Contract Development & Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) in the world. Its four dedicated and fast-growing production sites are currently based in Germany (Halle and Jena), The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and The United States (San Diego, CA).


Our regional presence in the U.S. is focused on GMP-compliant manufacturing of plasmid DNA products up to 500L. The team has extensive experience up to phase III clinical supply and successfully released more than 100 GMP batches for advanced therapy applications.  At our San Diego site, we are currently looking for a ​Controller​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

The Site Controller is the financial lead for Wacker Biotech USA, directly supporting the General Manager in achieving their strategic, financial and operational goals.  The incumbent is a member of the Biotech leadership team, and in this capacity provides financial guidance and consultation from a functional perspective.  Collaboration with regional and global colleagues is essential to ensure alignment within the business from an operational and strategic standpoint.

  • Provides business advice and counsel to the Site General Manager through active participation in the leadership team, acting as the business interface with all finance disciplines and actively participating in the development of business operating strategies.
  • Manage the treasury functions and ensure internal control is maintained and assets are safeguarded
  • Ensure monthly and quarterly financial statements are completed accurately and timely.  Perform tech transfer process from process development to manufacturing scale.
  • Coordinate and facilitate planning and forecasting for the organization, including calculation of the annual plant rates
  • Timely and accurate completion of ongoing operational analysis required by Division, Region or Corporate management. 
  • Perform the pre/post calculations of specific customer projects.
  • Oversee quarterly and annual audits. 
  • Collaborate with external tax advisors on tax matters, including completion of federal tax returns
  • Administration of NetSuite software,, special projects and travel as requested.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance required, Master's preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in technical accounting , financial analysis or controlling.
  • Controlling experience working in a biopharma industry or within a similar industry
  • CPA preferred, not required
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to be the primary finance partner for the General Manager and help define business strategy
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of cost accounting concepts and cost allocation methodologies
  • SAP experience, or equivalent ERP system
  • Effective communication skills, encompassing verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Team player with the ability to work effectively with others


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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