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  • Sector: Accounting & Finance
  • Function: Senior Acct
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  • Expiry Date: 10 October 2021
  • Job Ref: Nelson_2161394_1631296176

Job Number: 2161394

Senior Accountant
Menlo Park, CA

Our client is looking for a motivated and results-oriented candidate to join their growing accounting team as a Senior Accountant based in Menlo Park, CA. This position will be a key player in the financial close process to ensure its accuracy, integrity, and timeliness. This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including the monthly accounting close and financial statement preparation cycle, quarterly external reviews, annual audit, SOX compliance activities and ongoing business process transformation activities. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated problem solver with strong teamwork skills and a desire to drive change. You will play an integral role in the corporate accounting team while working through technical accounting areas, transactions, and projects independently as well as collaboratively with other finance and cross functional team members within a fast-growing organization. Candidate must possess a strong desire to learn, grow and develop their skills while providing enhancement to the current accounting function. Attention to detail and good analytical skills are essential.


· Be responsible for accurate and timely month-end, quarter-end, and year-end close procedures for certain key balance sheet and income statement accounts, including preparing journal entries, account reconciliations, and analyses

· Own the end-to-end accounting for construction in process, fixed assets, leases, prepaid expenses, accrued liabilities, international operations

· Apply GAAP and relevant internal accounting policies to transactions and document white papers to memorialize interpretations and conclusions

· Solid understanding and application of ASC 842 lease accounting standard

· Liaise with business partners to receive all necessary data attributes for Fixed Assets accounting

· Provide guidance to the business and FP&A on Fixed Assets accounting, including presentations and training

· Prepare footnotes and schedules for SEC reporting

· Support the Finance team in enhancing the Company's existing accounting procedures and internal controls and seek opportunities to improve accounting operational efficiency and effectiveness

· Prepare audit schedules for quarter-end and year-end, as necessary

· Ensure proper account coding in the review of purchase requisition, including fixed asset requisitions to verify compliance with the Company's Fixed Asset policy and GAAP, including reviewing coding and capitalization appropriateness.

· Review significant contracts to determine and implement the proper accounting in accordance with US GAAP

· Identify and drive process improvements

· Support for ad-hoc projects as required

All listed responsibilities are deemed essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.

Requirements and qualifications:

· Five plus years of relevant experience in a publicly traded company and audit practice of a CPA firm with increasing levels of responsibility

· Three plus years of public accounting experience

· Fixed assets and ASC 842 lease accounting experience preferred

· Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance

· CPA Designation completed or in process

· Experience with SAP or other robust ERP system(s)

· Fluency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat

· Knowledge of 2013 COSO framework and experience applying it in a manner that supports SOX compliance and operational efficiencies

· Strong technical and analytical skills

· Strong ability to identify and implement process improvements

· Self-motivated, deadline driven, and results oriented with superior attention to detail

· Problem-solving mindset with the desire to drive change and strong teamwork skills

· Strong interpersonal communication skills, including written communication, that allows effective interactions across functional areas

· Experience in life science, healthcare or technology industries


About Nelson:

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