Manager, Finance and Compliance

Company Background

Tessa Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of cell therapies for a broad range of cancers.

Tessa’s clinical pipeline derives from two innovative cell therapy platforms; CD30 Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CD30-CARs) and Virus-Specific T cells (VSTs). Our lead candidate comprises autologous CD30 CAR-T cell therapy targeting classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) and CD30+ non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

Tessa is also developing a novel, allogeneic platform technology, as a new approach to traditional cell therapy. By combining the unique properties CD30-CARs and VSTs, the platform holds potential for the creation of next-generation off-the-shelf cell therapies against a variety of hematologic malignancies and solid tumors.

Tessa’s state-of-the-art GMP cell therapy manufacturing facility will open in early 2021, and will substantially enhance in-house production capabilities. Tessa is focused on rapidly and reliably providing safe, effective treatment options for patients.

Job Position
Manager, Finance and Compliance


  • Individual contributor role, with future opportunities to manage and build a team
  • Supports Finance team in technical accounting guidance and interpretations, specifically IFRS/FRS and US GAAP
  • Identify and assess IFRS to US GAAP differences and implement US GAAP reporting (10Q, 10K, MD&A etc.)
  • Demonstrates understanding of key tax concepts such as corporate taxation, GST/VAT, transfer pricing and withholding tax
  • Experience in fair valuation models and techniques such as in areas of Company ordinary shares, stock options and intangible assets
  • Good to have experience in implementing enterprise risk management and COSO framework
  • Experience in SOX 404 internal controls compliance, testing and reporting
  • Establish and maintain the control environment within the Group by managing the various key stakeholders to ensure compliance to the effective operation of internal controls
  • Perform controls testing as part internal management assessment on a regular basis
  • Experience working with professional services firm in audit, tax, legal, valuation specialists
  • Drive continuous improvement and transformation within the Finance organization
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects when needed such as ERP system implementation, IPO readiness preparation, audit committee presentation decks etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or any related field with at least 6 years of internal audit/ External audit experience in a Big 4 accounting firm and preferably 2-3 years of relevant finance experience in a commercial environment
  • A recognized accounting qualification (CA/CPA/ACCA/CIMA)
  • Proven ability to understand key financial and business variables in a complex and challenging commercial environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven project management skills
  • Great working and collaborative attitude, highly motivated individual
  • Hands-on individual and able to multi-task and execute key deliverables under tight deadlines
  • Great team player