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Director of Accounting

Job Description

SilkRoad is the world's leader in strategic onboarding for global workforce readiness and transformation. We help organizations prepare their people for change by designing intentional, personalized journeys to increase retention and maximize agility throughout their careers. SilkRoad combines our leading strategic onboarding capabilities with world-class consulting services to deliver highly scalable, personalized experiences that engage employees and drive long-term business performance such as productivity, profitability, growth and agility.

SilkRoad is seeking a world-class Director of Accounting to join the growing Finance and Accounting team in our Chicago headquarters. As the Director of Accounting, you will be responsible for global accounting, reporting, planning, and analysis. You will report directly to the Chief Financial and People Officer and manage a team of accounting and finance professionals.

Your contributions to SilkRoad will include:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
    • Managing the team responsible for general accounting, accounts payable, payroll, international accounting, financial planning and analysis, and reporting. Ensuring processes are accurate, efficient, and well documented.
    • Overseeing global monthly close, consolidation, reporting, and analysis. Performing detailed reviews of transactions, results, and variances. Presenting results to management and provide accounting and business recommendations.
    • Managing preparation of quarterly board reports and other investor reports, including management of capitalization table and accounting for shareholder transactions.
    • Recommending and leading various finance and corporate projects to improve business outcomes.
    • Responsible for accounting software administration and optimization.
  • Technical Accounting and Compliance
    • Responsible for technical accounting and complex accounting areas including implementation of new accounting standards, income tax provisions, valuations, and equity transactions.
    • Leading preparation of annual consolidated financial statements and footnote disclosures. Managing annual financial statement audits with external auditors.
    • Establishing and leading an internal audit program across the finance function with objections to maintain sound controls, improve processes, and develop the finance team.
    • Overseeing compliance with payroll, 401(k), and related regulations.
    • Overseeing compliance with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements, company registrations, and tax filings, including income, sales and use, real and personal property, and franchise taxes.
  • Planning and Analysis
    • Managing annual budget and quarterly forecast processes.
    • Partnering with department managers to analyze monthly financial results, plan financial investments, and providing meaningful insight and business recommendations.
    • Preparing and reviewing additional analysis and reports, and other special projects, as requested.

Required Skills

  • Strong technical accounting skills and ability to research and implement accounting rules and industry practices.
  • Understanding of venture capital funding and complex equity structures.
  • Proficient at budgeting, reporting, and financial modeling.
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail combined with strong business acumen and professional demeanor.
  • Hands-on leader dedicated to developing a commercially minded finance team that serves as a business partner to company managers.
  • Passionate about using technology to drive efficiencies and analyze the business.
  • Ability to plan, manage and prioritize multiple projects and deliverables.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a clear and professional verbal and written communication style.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft products, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; experience with Adaptive Insights, Intacct, or Great Plains is a plus.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or other business area.
  • CPA, or international equivalent.
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant experience, preferably in both public accounting and corporate environments.
  • Experience managing teams, partnering with business leaders, and implementing change.
  • Experience working in a technology or professional services company is preferred.
  • Experience implementing new accounting systems is a plus.
  • French or other foreign language proficiency is a plus.
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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

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What are SilkRoad Technology Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in Local Community
Paid day off to volunteer and office-based volunteer activities.
Friends Outside of Work
Eat lunch together
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $10000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 16 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Return-to-Work Program Post-Parental Leave
Company Sponsored Family Events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible Time Off - SilkRoadies love the Flexible PTO policy. Flexible Work Environment - For most positions, you control where and how the work gets done.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
SilkRoad offers commuter spending accounts
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Occasional office lunches are provided.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and Learns
SilkRoad hosts lunch and learn meetings throughout the year.
Cross-Functional Training Encouraged
Promote From Within
Time Allotted For Learning
Paid Industry Certifications

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Flexible Work Environment - For most positions, you control where and how the work gets done. Of course there are some jobs that do require more structure, particularly those that directly interface with our customers, but our overall philosophy is that you control your work dynamics and the results are what matter most.

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