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Staff Accountant/Sr Accountant



Accounting & Finance
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

About Us:
We deliver the most advanced and flexible learning experience for certification, credentialing, test prep, continuing education, and training. Our cloud-based learning platform helps training organizations, associations and the extended enterprise deliver a highly engaging and effective learning experience for individuals looking to advance their careers. We incorporate the latest in learner-centered technology, including personalization, gamification, data science, usability and omni-channel delivery.

We’re sitting in a pivotal time in the BenchPrep history. The number of learners on our cloud-based learning platform has reached nearly 11 million as of 2024.

We’re committed to helping people learn better, and that starts with our own people.

This position is remote (along with all of our BenchPrep positions). BenchPrep is looking for a hardworking, ambitious Staff/Senior Accountant to support its growing operations. This position will report to the Controller.

About the role:

Within the Accounting function at BenchPrep, you'll play a pivotal role in our finance team. Your focus will be on maintaining accurate financial records, preparing reports, analyzing data, and ensuring regulatory compliance. You'll contribute to budgeting, forecasting, audits, and process improvements, supporting our financial health and strategic decision-making. The ideal candidate has a strong background in accounting, financial analysis, and reporting, along with excellent analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate financial information effectively across the organization. Proactivity, problem-solving abilities, and a commitment to continuous improvement are also essential.

The key components of the work you’ll be doing in this role are:

  • Manage accounting function including account reconciliations, journal entries, AR, AP, and Billing
  • Analysis and review of company expenditures, confirming proper allocation of expenses to the various departments, and reporting to these departments as necessary
  • Review transactions to ensure accounting treatment is in accordance with GAAP and company policies and procedures
  • Analyze billing transactions to ensure proper allocation of revenue recognition policies
  • Review general ledger accounts and making all necessary journal entries including posting monthly, quarterly, and yearly accruals
  • Assist in building financial statements including balance sheet, income statement, and changes in financial position, as well as budget variance analysis
  • Assist in the design and preparation of budgets for review by management
  • Prepare year-end schedules for the annual tax returns
  • Look for ways to improve upon accounting processes and procedures

Skills and experiences we value:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting; CPA preferred
  • 3-5 years (Staff Accountant), or 5-8 (Sr Accountant) years in accounting or auditing; public accounting experience preferred
  • Team player with a positive attitude towards contributing and learning
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in the areas of financial statement preparation, GAAP, and revenue recognition
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment
  • Self starter, quick learner, and ability to multitask on a regular basis
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills and deadline driven
  • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong sense of ownership on issues and following through to completion
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Experience working in accounting systems (NetSuite, Intacct, Quickbooks, etc.) strongly preferred

**Note: We know that excellent candidates can have all sorts of backgrounds and experiences, so please don’t hesitate to apply even if you don’t meet 100% of the listed requirements. And check out our blog post to learn more about inclusion at BenchPrep in the Engineering team."

Life at BenchPrep:

We work at BenchPrep because we’re dedicated to the mission, and each day we have an opportunity to be challenged and learn. We work hard and have lots of fun. Culture is our lifeline at BenchPrep. We celebrate our people, both professionally and personally. We care about learning so much that we offer employees $1,200 annually to develop their skills so they can continue to operate everyday with new skills. It’s no wonder we were selected in Inc’s Best Workplaces of 2024 and Crain’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Chicago lists.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We are looking for high performing and motivated professionals who are excited about the chance to leverage technology to impact the lives of millions of learners. Join us.

At BenchPrep, we pride ourselves on offering a great total rewards package to each employee, including medical and ancillary benefits, potential for yearly bonus, stipends for work-from-home expenses, flexible paid time off (our version of unlimited PTO), annual professional development stipend dollars, and of course, a competitive base salary. The salary range for this position is between $65,000-$85,000, and is set based on Chicago market data. Please note this refers to the amount BenchPrep is willing to pay at the time of this posting.

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