Staff Accountant

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Role: Staff Accountant

Reporting to: Controller

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 education and training organizations 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, having achieved significant growth year-over-year and nearly doubling in employee size! The number of learners on our cloud-based learning platform has reached 6 million in 2019, up 30 percent versus the prior year.

We’re committed to helping students learn better, and that starts in our own office.

 

About the role: 

Reporting to the Company’s Controller, Staff Accountant is a key member of the Finance & Accounting team. In this role, you will ensure timely and accurate processing of all cash and expense transactions following Company’s policies and procedures while contributing to building efficient and scalable processes. In addition, you will be a key team member of the new ERP system implementation, collaborate with accounting and finance peers on driving efficiencies in month-end close and will have an opportunity to grow and develop in a highly collaborative environment.

Some challenges you’ll tackle: 

  • Perform daily, weekly and monthly operations of expense accounting, reporting and related accounts reconciliations, in accordance with U.S. GAAP and the Company policies.
  • Prepare journal entries and analysis throughout the month-end close process, covering P&L and Balance sheet accounts related to operating expense accounts, account payables, accruals, short and long-term liabilities and payroll.
  • Perform bank accounts reconciliations and ensure accurate recording of such transactions in the General Ledger.
  • Collaborate with members of the Accounting team on timely and accurate administration of payment runs, corporate card program and payroll processing.
  • Manage internal and external communications related to accounts payable, receiving payments, and other accounting requests.
  • Provide support during ERP system implementation, business process re-design and automation of certain accounting processes.
  • Assisting during annual audit by providing necessary documentation and analysis to external auditors.

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: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • 3+ years of accounting experience, CPA is preferred
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, Excel power user
  • Strong analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively with cross functional teams
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge/experience with following applications (preferred): QuickBooks, NetSuite, Intacct, Bill.com and Expensify

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 tend to eat our (free) lunch together - not because we have to, but because we want to. 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 professional development so much that we offer employees $1,200 annually to build their skills. And of course, we have all the La Croix and snacks that you’d expect to keep you moving. 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.


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Location

We are located next to the Willis Tower, right in the heart of downtown Chicago.

What are BenchPrep Perks + Benefits

BenchPrep Benefits Overview

BenchPrep provides a full suite and wide variety of benefits and perks. We offer an incredibly competitive medical plan and insurance benefits, while also fostering a culture that allows employees to have fun in the office. Do things like a ping-pong table, casual dress, fully-stocked kitchen, and regular Friday Happy Hour interest you? Scroll down to learn more about those items and see what else BenchPrep has to offer.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Pre-tax dollars can be set aside for medical, dental, and vision ($2,650/yr) for employees or dependents with or w/o enrolling in our insurance program. Daycare & elder care allows for up to $5,000/yr
Disability Insurance
We offer employees Short Term Disability coverage at 60% of their weekly salary with a $1500 weekly max. Long Term = 60% of their monthly salary with a $10,000 monthly max.
Dental Benefits
BenchPrep offer 3 dental plans--all of which cover 100% of the cost of preventative care including cleanings twice a year and exams.
Vision Benefits
BenchPrep’s vision insurance plans provide annual eye exams for a $10 copay and a $130 allowance toward frames and/or contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
BenchPrep’s health insurance plan with BCBS of IL has a low deductible and BenchPrep pays 90% of the monthly premium for employees AND their dependents.
Life Insurance
Up to 3x annual salary, $500k max of voluntary life insurance & accidental death & dismemberment insurance. Spouse & dependent children plans available too.
Onsite Gym
Employees have access to the Willis Tower's exclusive 35,000 sq. ft gym for $10/month.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
BenchPrep’s 401k retirement plan offers a a cost effective employee retirement plan. The plan offers Roth and Pre-tax Investment options.
401(K) Matching
BenchPrep contributes 3% of an employee’s annual base salary, regardless of how much the employee contributes, which is immediately vested.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
BenchPrep offers generous paid parental leave for new parents with at least 6 months of service, including a paid leave policy for foster parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
BenchPrep offers flexible work schedules as needed for employees.
Remote Work Program
BenchPrep offers Remote Work as an option for employees.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
BenchPrep’s offers 12 days off in year 1, increasing each year & going up to 24 days for employees of five years or longer. The office closes for major holidays and the entire week of Xmas-New Years
Paid Holidays
BenchPrep closes its office for all major holidays, including MLK day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas THROUGH New Years Day.
Paid Sick Days
BenchPrep employees receive 5 sick days per year in addition to their PTO.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We've got 2 beers on tap regularly, and a refrigerator stocked with bottled brews and liquor as well that is frequently "tapped" into.
Casual Dress
BenchPrep does not have a formal dress code and encourages employees to wear whatever makes them comfortable.
Commuter Benefits
Transit and Parking benefits: Employees may elect up to $260/month for pre-tax allocation for mass transit & parking expenses for commuting to BenchPrep, including Metra, Ventra and parking facilities
Company Outings
BenchPrep has regular outings that include Cubs rooftops, boat trips on Lake Michigan, off-site happy hours, poker nights, game nights, foodie dinners, and a holiday party, among other events.
Free Daily Meals
We provide a $12.50 daily stipend for employees every day via Fooda (https://www.fooda.com/resources/case-study/how-tech-startup-benchprep-made-lunch-powerful-part-its-culture).
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
FULLY stocked! Beverages = Soda, Coffee, Tea, RedBull, Juice, Vitamin Water, etc. Food = if you can think of the snack, we probably have it or some variation. Employees will never go hungry here.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
We have a standing in-office happy hour that starts at 4:00 PM on Fridays, but never feel constrained to limit this into being a once a week occurrence.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Employees have access to the Willis Tower's exclusive 35,000 sq. ft gym for $10/month.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Employees are provided an annual stipend to attend external training evens or conferences.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive salary, valuable stock options, and company sponsored 401(k) • Fun, meritocratic, mission driven, dynamic work culture • Commitment to fostering positive office culture (included, but not limited to, monthly company dinners, quarterly outings, an in-office ping pong table, cocktail hours, poker nights, etc.)

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