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ATAI Life Sciences AG

Chief Financial Officer (m/f/d)

· New York, New York
Employment Type Contractor
Minimum Experience Executive


Chief Financial Officer (m/f/d)

 ATAI is a Berlin, New York and London based biotech company builder with the ultimate vision to cure mental health disorders. We focus on developing solutions for people that suffer from a real unmet medical need; starting with the 320 million people who suffer from depression. We are particularly interested to revive and leverage the existing research on compounds with prior evidence for efficacy and safety in humans, such as psilocybin and ketamine, to initiate a paradigm shift.


  • Be a major contributor to the success of a well-positioned, well-financed, early stage biotech company
  • Become part of creating a radical new and impactful paradigm shift in drug development and patient care
  • Work on improving the lives of millions of people with a real unmet need
  • An open, results-driven and meritocratic start-up culture
  • Lead and develop our Amsterdam office and finance team


  • Direct and oversee all aspects of the finance and accounting functions of the organization
  • Provide leadership, direction and management of the finance and accounting team
  • Manage the processes for financial forecasting and budgets; prepare reliable current and forecasting reports
  • Responsible for insuring financial reporting and compliance is in accordance with generally accepted financial, accounting (e.g. GAAP, IFRS) and regulatory standards (such as those required by the SEC)
  • Control and evaluate the organization’s fundraising plans and capital structure
  • Perform risk management by analyzing the organization’s liabilities and investments
  • Oversee preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements for in- and external stakeholders
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and company’s policies


  • Advanced degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant field, ideally MBA and/or CPA
  • 10+ years of relevant financial leadership experience (ideally) in biotech organizations
  • Strong financial and accounting background, including an understanding of profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow management
  • Experience in a leading role in taking a company public, prior responsibility for IPO of an European biotech in the US (e.g. NASDAQ) is a strong plus
  • In depth knowledge of corporate financial law and risk management practices
  • Excellent knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office and financial management software
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Cohesive ability at interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Experience in an early stage and publicly held biotechnology company is desirable
  • Comfortable in fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and limited structures
  • Able to travel extensively when required and open to relocate to Amsterdam

Join us to improve the lives of millions suffering from a real unmet medical need - Apply here today!

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    New York, New York
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