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2 Aug 2022

Full-Time SOX & Process Improvement Manager

COMPASS Pathways – Posted by COMPASS Pathways London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

The Company:

COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support.

COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has received Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP) designation in the UK for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). We have completed a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 22 sites across Europe and North America. This was the largest randomised, controlled, double-blind psilocybin therapy clinical trial ever conducted, and our topline data showed a statistically significant (p<0.001) and clinically relevant improvement in depressive symptom severity after three weeks for patients who received a single high dose of COMP360 psilocybin with psychological support. We are also running phase II clinical trials of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anorexia nervosa. COMPASS is headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York and San Francisco in the US. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. www.compasspathways.com


Location: Hybrid working in the UK with 3 days in our London office required.

Reports to: The SOX & Process Improvement Manager will report to the VP, Finance.


Job overview:

The SOX & Process Improvement Manager will support the VP of Finance (based in London), and plays an integral part in the day to day running of the business at an exciting time in the Company’s development as we prepare to seek regulatory approval for COMP360 and move into commercialization.

The Company and most senior executives are based in London, with further teams based in various US locations, including the CFO and SVP of Investor Relations who are based in the Boston area. The primarily London-based Finance team provides a centralised service for both the UK and US teams. The role is expected to be fulfilled on a hybrid basis, with typically 3 days per week based in our Soho offices, and 2 days working from home. The majority of this role will involve leading process design and documentation efforts for expanding business processes, in particular as we progress through commercialisation and spear-heading process improvement initiatives, including the documentation and assessment of related controls to a SOX standard.  The role will require flexibility, strong attention to detail and a keen interest in collaborative, cross-functional work.

The Company uses Netsuite as its ERP system, Shareworks as its share administration platform, Workday Adaptive for budgeting and partners with ADP and Trinet as payroll providers.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing, entrepreneurial, well-funded international biotech company. You will be working with highly experienced Leadership and Executive teams.


Roles and responsibilities

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Working closely with the VP of Finance, other members of the finance function and the wider company. We encourage cross-functional working and support those who wish to gain experience beyond their immediate job description
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual review of controls evidence including supporting teams to ensure the controls which they operate are appropriately evidenced
  • Working closely with the Finance team and cross-functionally with IT, Legal and HR teams to ensure processes are accurately documented and appropriate controls are designed as processes evolve
  • Working closely with the Finance Manager to redesign and implement a new instance of Netsuite that is fit for the needs of a revenue generating, public company
  • Supporting the Finance team to gain efficiencies in financial reporting
  • Coordinating external and internal audits with PWC and BDO respectively
  • May fulfil additional ad hoc requests depending on business activity, including working with the Business Development team to determine impacts of potential partnerships


Candidate Profile:

The successful candidate will likely have a strong academic background, and will have trained in the Big 4, with a proven track-record of working on US listed companies and an entrepreneurial outlook.

Candidate Specification

  • ACA qualified
  • High quality academic background
  • Operates as a self-starter and can work independently
  • Attentive to detail, data integrity and accuracy
  • Fast paced, ambitious, independent and with a strong work ethic
  • Able to interact with colleagues across the business
  • Committed to COMPASS’ ethos and values
  • Biotech experience preferred but not essential
  • Post Big-4 industry experience a plus


UK applicants:

We are proud of our commitment to diversity and equality (pursuant to the Equality Act 2010). We do not discriminate based upon race, religion or belief, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, pregnancy or maternity, marital or civil partner status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability.

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How to Apply

Please apply online using the link or email Heidi.Kristiansen@Compasspathways.com for more information.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.


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