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Senior Director, Technical Accounting & Reporting

| Chicago
Upwork ($UPWK) is the world's largest freelancing website. Each year $1.7 billion of work happens through Upwork, allowing businesses to get more done and helping professionals break free of traditional time and place boundaries and work anytime, anywhere on projects they love. At Upwork, you'll help build on this momentum. Together, we'll create economic and social value on a global scale, providing a trusted online workplace for businesses to connect with extraordinary talent and work without limits. 
As the Senior Director, Technical Accounting & Reporting, you will have the opportunity to transform the organization to the next level!! You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining finance policies that directly and indirectly impact Upwork financial statements, leading to improve the process of preparing the monthly executive , and SEC reporting packages, and being a point of contact with internal cross functional teams on a daily basis to provide accounting guidance which our new product, feature, and service offerings may impact. This position reports to VP, Controller & Treasurer with overarching accounting and finance responsibility.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Accountability for all aspects of SEC filings, monthly executive financial package, technical accounting research and implementation of the new guidance
  • Responsible for all aspects of the technical accounting matter, including EPS calculation, implementation of new accounting guidance (e.g., ASC606, ASC 842, etc.)and preparation of the technical accounting memo
  • Be a point of contact for external auditors on the SEC reporting and technical accounting matters
  • Provide guidance on accounting interpretation and prepare or review memos on US GAAP matters to the cross functional team.
  • Responsible for appropriate documentation of accounting treatment of complex and highly judgmental areas, including analysis, relevant literature and conclusions.
  • Build strong partnerships with FP&A, a 3rd party tax firm, and business unit leaders in monitoring operations and reporting of key accounting areas: revenue recognition, contra revenue, lease accounting, internal use software, intangible, SBC, and etc.
  • Develop framework of company accounting policy and draft accounting / finance policies and other related authorization matrix.
  • Work with Legal department and review all significant contracts in advance so that you can provide accounting guidance prior to execution of significant contracts.
  • Work with business unit leaders across the company to implement/adopt accounting guidance implement, update and monitor policies.
  • Contribute to develop cross functional processes/and or structures that improve the efficiency and timeliness of financial reporting within the organization.
  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert to educate accounting / finance personnel and business partners across the Company to develop technical accounting awareness and talent pipeline.
  • Lead an effort to adopt ASC 606

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 15+ years of professional accounting experience in a global technology public company environment with varied financial reporting, accounting and business management practices.
  • Experience with public company filings process, SEC document writing and XBRL tagging process is required.
  • Strong experience in technical accounting, writing position papers and leading a technical team.
  • Broad experience and knowledge of US GAAP with technical accounting experience related to revenue recognition rules (ASC 606 and 842) and share based compensation (ASC 718).
  • Oracle R12 / Workiva experience is preferred
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

How to really knock our socks off:

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and an ability to work in a fast paced, complex and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to quickly synthesize data and provide recommendations. Perform well under pressure.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and plan effectively: be “hands on”, detail and results oriented, and manage multiple tasks against tight deadlines.
  • Must be successful in driving change management, while getting buy-in from key stakeholders. Flexible approach to complex transactions.
  • Demonstrated success in assessing process requirements, process development implementation and maintenance. Deploys project best practices, policies and procedures.

Come change how the world works.
At Upwork you’ll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Mountain View and Chicago, together we’re creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You’ll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you’ll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesday's, daily breakfast and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits … and more. Check out Upwork’s spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.
Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Our office is located in Chicago's West Loop. We are close to public transportation and restaurants galore.

An Insider's view of Upwork

What's something quirky about your company?

The best part of our company culture is our Work Online Wednesdays, it gives me a better understanding of the experiences many clients and freelancers have using Upwork to grow their business. It's also important to me that Upwork values championing the future of work by empowering its employees to work flexibly each week.


Mid Market Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The Enterprise team is solving for how organizations engage talent and how talent finds opportunity. In an "on-demand" economy, technology has changed the way we commute, lodge, and shop. The workforce is rapidly evolving and technology is fundamentally changing work now, too.


Enterprise Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started my professional life in HR and due to the shifting labor market, I saw an opportunity to be part of something special with Upwork. I took a leap into the unknown as the second sales rep in the Chicago office. Fast forward a year and a half later, I’ve been able to grow my career from sales rep to leading the first Mid-Market sales team.


Sales Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Making myself available before and after working hours demonstrates commitment to seeing them grow and succeed. Casual sit downs over coffee outside the office to get to know individual contributors and managers on a more personal level allow me to further understand what drives and motivates them inside and outside of work.


VP, Enterprise Solutions

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is to connect businesses with great talent to work without limits. Companies have struggled for far too long to find the talent required to propel their businesses forward. Traditional talent resources do not have the capabilities to meet the demands of the future of work. Upwork solves these problems.


VP, Sales

What are Upwork Perks + Benefits

Upwork Benefits Overview

Upwork proudly offers a comprehensive set of benefits to ensure employees are able to bring their whole selves to work. To allow for that, we aim to deliver world-class offerings and perks that cover your medical, dental, vision, emotional and family well-being. If you are an active, regular, full-time employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week you are eligible for all lines of coverage.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Upwork provides an annual HSA contribution. You may also contribute pre-tax dollars to a Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA account.
Disability Insurance
Upwork offers both short term disability (STD) and long term disability(LTD) insurance.
Dental Benefits
Upwork provides your dental coverage through MetLife with a PPO plan offering.
Vision Benefits
VSP Vision offers a broad array of services for employees at Upwork.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer Anthem Blue Cross PPO and HSA plans and you may choose the best plan for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Life Insurance coverage of 2X up to $300,000. Employees can also purchase coverage for a Spouse/DP and child(ren).
Pet Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance now provides coverage to all pets within your life!
Wellness Programs
Upwork offers an on demand mental health platform, Ginger.IO, along with a parenting support tool, Cleo.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Upwork offers a traditional pre-tax 401(K) along with an after-tax Roth IRA option.
401(K) Matching
Upwork matches 50% of every dollar contributed by employees into their 401(k) up to $5,000 per year. Employers match is fully vested after 1 year of service.
Company Equity
Upwork offers equity as part of our standard compensation package.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We allow qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Upwork offers dependent care flexible spending accounts. In addition, we offer a $100 monthly credit from Trusted for backup and emergency child care services.
Generous Parental Leave
Upwork provides employees time to bond with their newborn and family. We offer up to 12 weeks of fully Paid Parental Leave.
Remote Work Program
Upwork encourages a healthy work-life balance. For your convenience we allow you to work from home on Wednesdays.
Adoption Assistance
Upwork will reimburse up to $3,000 for eligible fertility or adoption related expenses per plan year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Upwork provides an Unlimited Time Off policy to further enhance our culture of trust and empowerment.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
The Upwork Foundation has asked that 1% of employees time be used for giving back to the community and volunteering.
Paid Holidays
Upwork offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We offer a variety of Beer and Wine.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
You can elect up to max of $260 pre-tax for transit and parking. Upwork will match 50% of your pretax contributions each month.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Upwork provides lunch on a daily basis from local Chicago restaurants.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Upwork has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
We reimburse employees up to $50 per month for fitness related expenses. We have a corporate partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, but you can apply to your preferred gym or approved wellness expense.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is critical to the success of our business and our ability to further our mission of creating economic opportunities so people have better lives.
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