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Job Title: Controller
Reports to: CFO
Location: Santa Monica, California preferred


Opiant is a small but rapidly growing publicly traded pharmaceutical company, based in Santa Monica, California. The company is developing treatments for substance use, addictive and eating disorders. Opiant has licensed the FDA-approved NARCAN® Nasal Spray to Adapt Pharma Limited, recently completed a $13.7 million financing and is now focused on developing the next generation of treatments in this field.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Opiant, the Controller will undertake all aspects of financial management, including bookkeeping, accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecast preparation, tax and insurance matters, payroll, transactions, and policies and procedures. The Controller also will be involved in supporting presentations to the leadership team, board of directors and audit committee.

Key responsibilities and duties include the following, though other duties may be assigned:

  • Manage the monthly, quarterly and annual close process, prepare 10-K, 10-Q and other regulatory filings, and coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit
  • Process transactions and payroll, bookkeep and record transactions in accounting system, manage all facets of accounting, including AP/AR, GL, and revenue recognition, and ensure compliance with regulations and GAAP standards
  • Prepare and issue timely monthly financial records and report monthly financial performance against budgets, with variance analysis, for the leadership team, board of directors and audit committee
  • Prepare budgets and financial forecasts, provide financial analysis tools to evaluate company ventures or special projects, programs, capital expenditures, etc., when necessary, recommend benchmarks against which to measure the performance of operations, and calculate and issue financial and operating metrics
  • Manage and comply with local, state, federal and international government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Handle consolidation of subsidiaries and foreign subsidiaries, and the accounting and audit of certain investment interests in treatments
  • Interface with outside firms, including auditor, commercial and investment banks, investors, lessors, lawyers, consulting firms, insurance agents and regulatory agencies
  • Develop, document and monitor procedures and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls, including 404/SOX compliance
  • Prepare accounting positions papers on interpretation and application of GAAP rules
  • Handle exercises of options and warrants, and issuances of stock
  • Report to the leadership team, board of directors and audit committee, when necessary, in writing and verbally

Key skills required:

  • 5+ years of overall combined bookkeeping, finance and accounting experience
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience and CPA and controller experience preferred, and Big 4 experience a plus
  • Public company SEC reporting experience, including 10-K, 10-Q, etc., and 404/SOX compliance
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP and SEC rules and regulations, bookkeeping, finance, accounting, budgeting and forecasting
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting reporting systems, including QuickBooks, and competent using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to write MD&A sections of 10-K and 10-Q
  • Ability to perform complex financial calculations
  • Ability to multi-task, review and self-check work for accuracy, and create quality materials, reports and information within tight timelines
  • Flexibility of work schedule to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, identify and implement process improvements and continually improve knowledge and understanding of accounting standards and stay abreast of changing reporting requirements
  • Ability to work with geographically dispersed resources
Clinical Trials Administrator / Clinical Site Specialist

Job Title: Clinical Trials Administrator / Clinical Site Specialist

Location: South East England (London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire)

A new opportunity has arisen for a CTA / CSS at Opiant Pharmaceuticals a specialty pharmaceutical company developing products for substance use, addictive and eating disorders.

We are looking for a CTA / CSS to join our clinical trials team to assist in the development of our clinical trial programme. Opiant is a small but rapidly growing company offering progression opportunities as the pipeline grows.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Support the management and oversight of global clinical trials
  • Set-up and management of electronic trial master files
  • Review and control of clinical trial documentation
  • Oversight and tracking of trial progress
  • Resolve queries with trial sites
  • Tracking of invoices and payments for trials
  • Tracking contracts and site agreements
  • Assist with regulatory and ethics submissions and commitments
  • Assist with study start-up and investigator site identification
  • Develops and maintains strong working knowledge of regulatory guidelines and ICH-GCP

Job Requirements:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Previous clinical research experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work well autonomously and within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Willingness to work in a matrix and virtual team environment
  • Effective time management