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Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Consultant

Accordion Partners, San Francisco

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Company Overview

In 2009, Accordion set out to prove that there was a better way to work in finance – and more specifically, a better way to unlock value potential in private equity portfolio companies. In the years since, our firm has grown into a nationwide team of 175+ finance and technology professionals, serving nearly 200 of the world’s leading private equity firms out of offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Michigan, South Florida, and Dallas.

Our mission is to elevate the finance function, one client at a time.  Focusing exclusively on the office of the CFO at Private Equity-backed companies, we’re committed to driving value creation through financial consulting services and portfolio operations technology.

So, what does it mean to work at Accordion? It means thriving in a high-growth, agile, and collaborative environment. It means changing the way private equity firms create value at their portfolio companies. And ultimately, it means making your mark on the firm’s future – by embracing a culture rooted in humility and a firm-wide commitment to building something great, together. Join us!

Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS)

With the increase in complexity of the business environment and transactions, CFO’s of private equity backed companies are increasingly being looked towards to drive strategic insights for their business.  Finance organizations are no longer simply result reporters, but rather, they couple these results with forward looking data to provide strategic insights which are leveraged to make business decisions.  Efficiency of process and meaningful control environments allows for speed of financial reporting with increasingly accurate measures, leaving more time for the finance team to add future enterprise value, rather than look backwards.

Accordion’s FAAS Practice is comprised of a dedicated team providing accounting and financial advice to support PE backed portfolio companies on a wide range of transactions and events, including Accounting Policies & Procedures, ERP/Financial System Execution, Financial Statement Close Process, Process & Controls Implementation, Technical Accounting, Finance/Accounting Assessment & Design and Finance & Accounting Organization Standup resulting from a Carve out or Merger transaction.  We are doers and problem solvers – making sense of complexity and bolstering sponsors’ value creation thesis’s.

This is a contracting role reporting to the Managing Director of the FAAS Practice, and will be working remote with some travel in the future.

What you’ll do

As a Consultant on the FAAS team, you will:-

  • Work collaboratively with a diverse set of colleagues to serve clients in the areas of financial accounting matters and business processes:
    • Prepare financial statements, typically in connection with acquisitions, carve-outs, proposed sale transactions, restatements, etc.
    • Assist in the in the design and implementation of new accounting policies and procedures
    • Assess and improve financial accounting close process; including accelerating and streamlining monthly and quarterly reporting processes
    • Establish and document best-in-class financial and operational internal controls and/or assisting in controls remediation
    • Assist with audit preparation
    • Oversee and manage financial reporting and operational system implementations
    • Assess and design finance and accounting organizational structure
  • Bring deep financial accounting expertise and leading practices to engagements
  • Manage multiple client engagements at the same time, ensure projects are on track, manage client expectations and perform course corrections when necessary
  • Interact and build relationships with C-level personnel at portfolio company as well as representatives from Private Equity sponsors
  • Assist in growing the firm by identifying and driving business development activities
  • Identify and sponsor internal initiatives

Ideally, You have:

  • Minimum 7+ years of relevant professional experience working in a client serving role at a top-tier public accounting or financial advisory firm, and/or mix of client service and private industry experience at a senior level
  • Proven experience successfully managing multiple projects at the same time, managing not only client/sponsor dynamics but internal team dynamics as well
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field. CPA is a plus
  • A strong and up-to date knowledge of US GAAP (exposure to IFRS is a plus), with deep technical understanding of topics such as ASC 606 revenue recognition, lease transactions, purchase accounting, etc.
  • Experience preparing financial statements and drafting footnote disclosures. Experience with carve-outs and restatements is a plus
  • Experience performing financial and operational internal control reviews
  • Knowledge of performing IT assessments and financial system implementation experience is a plus 
  • Experience working with Private Equity, with an understanding of the unique requirements of the Private Equity consulting environment
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Strong client service mindset

 

 

Accordion is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

About Accordion Partners

About us Accordion is the leader in private equity consulting, focused exclusively within the Office of the CFO. We are a partner to portfolio operations groups, working shoulder-to-shoulder to implement new mandates and facilitate decision-making. Our specialized team brings financial acumen along with a deep understanding of the pace and rigor required in a private equity-backed environment.

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