Senior Financial Accountant
UncommonGoods, 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
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About the Role
UncommonGoods is searching for a Senior Financial Accountant to not only take charge of the monthly close process, but also help lead a team transformation -- providing valuable insights to our internal and external stakeholders.
The Senior Financial Accountant will play an integral part in building a scalable infrastructure with strong internal controls. This is a full-time role reporting directly to the Assistant Controller, as well as providing support to other department leaders. This role is an exciting opportunity to enable UncommonGoods’ sustainable growth, in a company that cares deeply about how it affects individuals and its community.
UncommonGoods is a fun, fast-paced e-commerce and catalog retailer offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise. Our team consists of friendly, hard-working, big-thinking people who have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Located in NYC’s Sunset Park (Brooklyn), we are also a B-Corp founding member, a carefully screened network of socially responsible businesses.
- Lead all aspects of assigned areas in month-end close process
- Mentor and lead the Accounts Payable team providing insights to make work more efficient and scalable
- Oversee cash, fixed assets, payroll/benefits, prepaids, accruals and more.
- Assist in budgeting and forecasting for related expense accounts
- Maximize efficiencies and controls for areas of responsibility leading up to and during conversion to a new accounting system (July 2018 scheduled go-live!)
Skills & Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have:
- At least 3 years of work experience
- An undergraduate degree in Business, Accounting or Finance
- Experience with a mid-size company ERP (Microsoft Dynamics, NetSuite, Intacct, etc)
- A CPA or previous experience in a high-growth and/or e-commerce environment is preferred
More importantly, (s)he will be:
- A compassionate, confident & humble leader. You adapt your style to unlock everyone’s full potential. You see each individual as a person, not a means to an end. You’re excited about leveraging your natural strengths and comfortable asking for help and acknowledging your mistakes.
- A strong critical thinker. You enjoy figuring out the best path forward and don’t stop when you hit a speed bump. You anticipate consequences and future needs, and plan accordingly.
- Passionate & Positive. You’re excited about being a part of UncommonGoods, eager to learn, ask lots of questions and execute improvements. Challenges are opportunities to showcase your skills.
- Thorough, accurate & highly organized. You don’t consider the work complete until you have all the information needed. “Do it once & do it right” is your motto! You’re able to manage multiple priorities and work with a sense of urgency without sacrificing quality.
- Robust benefits package, including generous PTO, 401(k) with company match, and paid family leave
- Stock options
- Casual work atmosphere
- 40% discount on the products we sell
- Monthly company snacks, lunches, and team events
When applying please include:
To help provide additional context and character beyond a resume, all applicants must submit a cover letter. Tell us why you’re interested in working for us, what motivates you or what makes you want to pull the covers over your head. In short, help us get to know you! Please note, it is highly unlikely that resumes without a cover letter will be considered.
UncommonGoods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Our Story We know that there's a story behind every product. It's that of an emerging designer just introducing her work to the world; artisans working collaboratively in a low-income country; or a seasoned artist crafting each of his pieces by hand. With your help, we're building a community of passionate people who love our products and connect with the stories behind them. We're growing not only our artist family, but also a strong following of customers who celebrate artists and delight in surrounding themselves with creative design. Inspiration In 1999, our founder Dave Bolotsky visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods. He continued traveling to craft fairs and trade shows, meeting artists and finding stand-out merchandise, while running the business out of his home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before long, the company had outgrown Dave's apartment, and moved through three successively larger offices in downtown Manhattan, eventually settling in our current location in Brooklyn, NY. Survival Of course, in the struggle to build a viable business, there are always bumps in the road along the way. When the internet bubble burst, we faced unforeseen hardships—funds were dwindling, and we were forced to cut back from a staff of 35 to just five full-time employees. Around this time co-founder Thomas Epting joined us as a photographer. Thomas worked tirelessly to help ensure the company's survival, steadily expanding his role to encompass all creative, technology, and warehouse operations. Times were tough, but thanks to the guidance of Dave and Thomas, we managed to turn the business around, becoming profitable for the first time in 2004. Sustainability Our focus is on building a business for the long haul. We've worked to create a sustainable business in all its aspects. We attempt to minimize our environmental impact, working with our artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible, choosing environmentally friendlier packing materials, and printing our catalog on Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified and recycled paper. We're building relationships with non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program we created that allows our customers to choose a partner for us to donate $1 to with every order. And a concentration on strong financial health allows us to maintain independent ownership and stay true to our values. Our team has grown steadily over the last decade, from just 5 to over 200 year-round employees. Our business grows dramatically during the winter holidays each year. Thousands of packages ship out every day during these months, so we expand our workforce to hundreds of employees. We try to never lose sight of an inverted pyramid business model, meaning that the needs of the people closest to our customers, our customer service and warehouse teams, come first. As part of this model, our lowest paid hourly seasonal worker makes 100% more than minimum wage. B Corporation We're still growing, but what's important to us hasn't changed. Sustainability is, and has always been, central to what we do. In 2007, we became a founding B Corporation, which established an independent third-party certification of a company's sustainability. The Certified B Corporation seal means that a company has undergone and passed a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates areas including company governance, environmental practices, and impacts on the local community. As we maintain our certification as a B Corp we're also driven to continuously evaluate and improve ourselves, while raising awareness of the program. To date, more than 2,000 companies have become certified B corps. Evolution Along with sustainability, supporting creativity and the artist community is extremely important to us. Today our assortment has grown from a collection of Dave's trade show finds to a plethora of products handpicked by a full-fledged buying team, who scour the web for the latest in creative design and, just like in our early days, hit the road to bring back treasures from around the country. Thanks to our community of artists and designers, we also discover many unique pieces through online product submissions. Additionally, we've grown an in-house product development team, who work hard to create new goods sure to make even seasoned design junkies swoon. An Uncommon Future As we enter a new age of business, we'll remain focused on our commitment to sustainability and creative design. We'll never stop working to provide a remarkable shopping experience to our customers, make our company our team members' favorite place to work, celebrate craftsmanship and innovation, and support our community of artisans, designers, and creative thinkers. We have a feeling the future will be uncommonly good.
Want to learn more about UncommonGoods? Visit UncommonGoods's website.
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