Staff Accountant at dscout

| Chicago
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We are dscout. At our core, we are People Nerds. We empower our customers to meet the people who matter to them in the moments that matter most. Customer-obsessed companies and agencies like Lyft, Nike, IDEO, and REI use dscout to build better products and services because of people like you. We are building a smart and driven team in our Chicago HQ, and we would love for you to join us.

We are looking for a Staff Accountant to join our small-but-mighty Finance Team. You will have the opportunity to join a rapidly-growing company and establish the accounting procedures that will help us scale. You have a solid foundation from your professional experience to know the basic functions of an accounting department. You are able to roll up your sleeves to get work done -- we have a lot to do! You love the feeling that comes with getting the details and the numbers 100% right. Your role interacts with almost every department internally -- and, very often, our customers themselves -- so you approach your work with a customer service mindset. You work with the utmost respect for the confidentiality of the information to which you have access. We are excited for someone to grow their career with us -- if that’s you, please apply!
 

What you will do (let’s call them Responsibilities):

  • Manage primary workflow for accounts payable:
    • Process payments to vendors and reimbursements to employees
    • Prepare, process, and reconcile scout (research participant) payments
    • Manage expense accruals
  • Support the month-end close process including preparing monthly bank reconciliations and other monthly reconciliations, monthly accruals, and monthly variance to budget analysis
  • Assist with preparations of annual budgets, modeling, forecast, and audit requests
  • Provide additional support for the finance department, including administration, financial analyses, monthly financial metrics, and preparation of reports for financial reviews
  • Help build better systems and processes to make us more efficient, and document these processes and procedures
     

What you need to have (we can call them Desired Skills and Background):

  • 2-3 years experience in accounts payable, preparing account reconciliations, or similar entry-level accounting functions
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, or equivalent work experience
  • Understanding of a P&L, balance sheet, recognizing debits/credits, accruals, and other accounting basics
  • Incredible detail orientation, strong organizational skills, and an analytical mind
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Customer service mindset with a focus on responsiveness
  • Upstanding character with high integrity
  • Plus: experience with Salesforce, QuickBooks Online, NetSuite, and/or PayPal
     

What will you get?

Here at dscout, we are a team of passionate research, sales, technical, marketing, design, success, and operations professionals. We are driven by the power of research—how in-context insights from real people can build products and services that are more people-centric. We value learning, sharing, and building. We deeply value being a diverse and inclusive team and company, and we are looking for team members who align with that belief. We are proud of what dscout is today and we are excited to build our future with you.
 

In addition to joining a smart and passionate team, you will get:

  • A strong compensation package with bonus structure. Your success is tied to company success. We are all in this together.
  • An incredible set of core benefits as well as a 401k with match, solid PTO policy, and generous company holidays. We are committed to helping build your future.
  • Exposure to the inner workings of a growing company. And open, transparent communication within our team. You will know what is happening and why it matters.
  • An education stipend. Keep learning and sharpening your skills.
  • A beautiful workspace, on the river, with lots of places to eat, drink, and play.
  • Plenty of snacks, drinks, and caffeine to keep you powered throughout the day, and a weekly happy hour to relax with the team.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
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    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
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    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ApolloLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PhoenixFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • TrelloManagement

Location

Our office is in the northwest corner of Chicago's bustling Loop neighborhood, right along the Chicago Riverwalk. Entertainment is just steps away!

An Insider's view of dscout

What's something quirky about your company?

dscout hosts monthly ‘Tuesday Teas’ where a teammate leads a discussion about a topic they are passionate about. Last month an engineer led a talk on the French Revolution, and earlier a lead researcher spoke about brewing beer... It's a fun way to learn about our peers and about something we may have never thought to learn more about!

Kyli Herzberg

Lead Research Advisor

What projects are you most excited about?

dscout is full of passionate and curious people, so projects that require true cross-company collaboration are my favorite. Recently, this included a research project to inform changes around how we capture gender-identity in the participant profile of our app. This work involved almost every department, so it 
felt like a true team effort.

Jess Mons

Director, Business Intelligence

What does career growth look like on your team?

Career growth can be such a personal journey! dscout provides a clearly defined growth path for how people may progress on the team, while also supporting growth consistently by providing opportunities and responsibilities that challenge and develop each team member’s skillset in new ways.

Stefani Bachetti

Director, Studio

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

dscout takes innovation into the way we operate. We’re transparent with information and challenges. We create goals top-down and bottom-up, giving direction on where to focus and how to succeed. We value metrics, but we aren’t beholden to them. We want you to brainstorm ideas, debate strategy and, more than anything, get inspired by our customers.

Michael Winnick

CEO

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Collaboration is a core value at dscout. We openly encourage collaboration through larger company strategic initiatives down to smaller cross-functional initiatives. Whether it's formal meetings with Sales and Customer Success, or collaborating through tools like Slack or GSuite. I've always found that everyone is open to chat and share feedback.

Zoei Benzon

Marketing Manager - Events

What are dscout Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks