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Accounting Manager

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in March of 2020, we were one of the first companies to send our people to work from home. And since then, we're still (mostly) working remotely. Our first core value is "People First" and the pandemic has reinforced how true this value reigns to us. Our office is located in the Chicago loop, and those that want to may work in-office. For the rest of us, we have "figured out" how to work remotely and we will continue to do so until at least October of 2021. We know the world is shifting and we are too. Let us know what your preferences are for being in-office, hybrid or remote only. Welcome to BenchPrep!

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 is designed to help training organizations, associations and the extended enterprise deliver a highly engaging and effective learning experience for users who are trying 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 6 million in 2021. We're committed to helping students learn better, and that starts with our own people.

Reporting to the Company's Controller, the Accounting Manager is a key member of the Finance & Accounting team. In this role, you will make significant contributions in streamlining and scaling operations and improving the cash collection cycle. You will own the accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll processes with a strong focus on billing operations. You will work closely with the existing Finance & Accounting team, Revenue and Business Operations teams to build a strong foundation for our customer billing needs, lead planning and execution of billing project initiatives including billing system implementation, as well as identifying and driving related process improvements. This role provides the opportunity to work cross-functionally and grow in a fun and engaging environment.

Some challenges you'll tackle:
Ensure accurate and timely customers' billing as well as efficient resolution of any invoicing issues or disputes
Manage collections efforts and own the entire order to cash cycle
Collaborate with internal departments/contacts regarding billing questions, contracts, policies and processes
Improve, monitor and enforce billing policies and procedures, and ensure they evolve appropriately as the company scales
Support selection and implementation of billing / revenue recognition systems
Drive continuous improvement in system capabilities and processes for billing and collection efforts focused on producing timely and accurate bills, and management of DSO metrics
Help establish and ensure adherence to internal controls and accounting policies and procedures
Lead monthly financial close process
Review and approve bank and balance sheet reconciliations
Lead the payroll process in partnership with our payroll provider
Manage accounts payable and accounts receivable
Develop, monitor and report on periodic KPIs
Support annual audit process

About the team : We are a growing team of dynamic Finance professionals responsible for the nuts and bolts of making BenchPrep tick. True to startup culture, we are strategic business partners who aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves to get the job done. We are inspired by a shared mission to help millions learn better and faster through our unique platform.

You should have:
A Bachelor's degree in Accounting
5+ years of combination of billing and general accounting experience
Recent billing experience in SaaS/recurring & variable usage billing (highly preferred)
Strong analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills
Ability to work effectively with cross functional teams
Strong written and verbal communication skills and strong listening and interpersonal skills
Expert Excel skills
Knowledge of QuickBooks, NetSuite, Intacct and Zuora or equivalent ERPs and billing systems (preferred)

Life at BenchPrep:
We work at BenchPrep because we're dedicated to the mission and each day have an opportunity to be challenged and learn. We work hard, eat well, and have lots of fun. Culture is our lifeline at BenchPrep. We celebrate our people, both professionally and personally. We focus on flexibility - both in work/life balance, but also everyday in operating with agility. We care about learning so much that we offer employees $1,200 annually to develop their skills. It's no wonder we were selected in Inc's Best Workplaces of 2020 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.
Salary Range
$56,000.00 - 95,000.00
per Year
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Chicago, IL 60290, US