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Staff Accountant - Groupon Goods

| Chicago

 

Are you ready for a massive professional challenge? 
Do you love learning how to build things from scratch while honing your Accounting skills? Are you looking for an accounting role experience that isn't like any other company? We are looking for exactly that kind of person.

Groupon’s mission is to become the daily habit in local commerce and fulfill our purpose of building strong communities through thriving small businesses by connecting people to a vibrant, global marketplace for local services, experiences and goods. In the process, we’re positively impacting the lives of millions of customers and merchants globally. Even with thousands of employees spread across multiple continents, we still maintain a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success. If you want to take more ownership of your career, then you're ready to be part of Groupon.

At Groupon, Accounting isn’t your typical month-end close type of department. While the heart of our day-to-day work is providing financial information to the business, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’re building out financial systems to support every new business line and product, so our Accountants get a granular view and understanding of how a business is crafted from the ground up. The knowledge to gain is vast, as is the potential of our organization to continue growing.

As a staff accountant, you will be responsible for various financial and operational accounting aspects of the Groupon Goods Global North America business. This is a “hands on” accounting role with interaction with different departments (operations, logistics, finance, corporate accounting, tax, and treasury) across the North America region of Goods.
We're a "best of both worlds" kind of company. We're big enough to have resources and scale, but small enough that a single person has a surprising amount of autonomy and can make a meaningful impact. We're curious, fun, a little intense, and kind of obsessed with helping local businesses thrive. Does that sound like a compelling place to work?

 

You'll spend time on the following:

-You will play a key role in the month end close processes surrounding Groupon Goods North America

-You will assist management with Sarbanes-Oxley procedures, tax, and audit requests

-You will work on reconciliation of sales tax accruals and payments

-You will assess monthly and quarterly inventory reports received from third party warehouses as well as Groupon owned fulfillment center

-You will calculate other inventory and freight related entries on a monthly basis related to packaging costs and capitalized freight spend 

-You will perform reconciliation of inventory, including quarterly physical inventory procedures and weekly roll forwards of inventory

-You will be involved with the booking of Liquidation Revenue for sale of Goods as well as any other inventory related receivables as they arise

-You will provide input into logical processes, surrounding improving lead times on shipments and payments, liquidation timing, and returned products

-You will engage with Finance and Tax departments by providing general ledger detail and analysis for financial performance

-You will partner with finance and project managers on a variety of ongoing projects related to inventory functions, reporting, automation, and globalization

-You will review balance sheet and income statement variances and prepare detailed analysis explaining the monthly fluctuations

-You will calculate and when necessary, discuss with inventory personal and upper level management, monthly LCM calculations and related inputs

-You will seek solutions for accounting problems before presenting issues to senior/manager

-You will help with external and internal audit requests, including quarterly reviews and the year-end audit

-You will have a hand in specific projects and other ad hoc assignments

 

We are excited about you if you have:
-Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance 
-1-2 years accounting experience
-CPA eligible, if not licensed 
-Sound understanding of US GAAP 

-Experience with NetSuite accounting system is a plus 
-You're comfortable with MS Office, with Excel being your secret favorite
-You're an expert communicator, delivering both written and verbal messages succinctly
-You're a details person with a penchant for preparing meticulously accurate work
-You're enthusiastic, adaptable, and see challenges as an opportunity to grow
-You thrive in an often-times ambiguous environment
 

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.

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Location

Our headquarters is nestled alongside the Chicago River in the bustling River North neighborhood, close to both blue and brown line CTA trains.

An Insider's view of Groupon

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Groupon provides an environment where I can strive for maximum work-life effectiveness, room for growth, and there is always something new to do. I enjoy spending lots of time at work because I love what I do; the hours are not burdensome, Groupon fits me. I define success in my own terms & Groupon provides us with the flexibility to be successful.

Milan

Senior Manager of Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are working on arriving at the optimal attribution models across different areas of our business. For example, the attribution of a purchase to a specific experience — a home page feature, an email, a push notification — likely has a different window of time where we can reasonably say a specific purchase is a result of a specific experience.

Kristi

Data Scientist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Here at Groupon, what you do matters. I got my start at Groupon as an intern and have had the opportunity in the past (almost) 5 years to build out a global volunteer program that has engaged over 5,000 employees in over 63,000 hours of service supporting the work of close to 650 nonprofit organizations.

Alicia

Program Manager, Employee & Community Engagement

What projects are you most excited about?

Recently, we committed to having 100% of our job descriptions reviewed for gender balance by the end of 2018. Also for 2018, work will continue with our Employee Resource Groups, who play a pivotal part in the attraction and selection of diverse top talent, and themselves can be developed and promoted into company leaders.

Carlos

Head of Diversity Recruitment

What are Groupon Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Recreational Clubs

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fitness benefits. Free office shuttles. Paid parental and family leave. Comprehensive sales training program. Sense of joy. Onsite cafes. Unlimited Routine Time Off (RTO). Flexible spending accounts. Life & AD&D insurance. 401(k). Disability coverage.

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