Accounting Manager

Posted Date: Nov-23-2021

Job ID: 22248

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No



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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by planning, scheduling, and managing the day-to-day work of the General Accounting Team. This role is responsible for organizing, maintaining, and directing all general accounting activities and functions within the established accounting policies of the organization, including recording and maintaining the company’s financial records in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and managing the preparation of various managerial reports. 

This position provides leadership, guidance and expertise to all cross-divisional business and technical teams regarding accounting issues, including their related systems and processes. This role also identifies and executes accounting-related projects that support company and department strategic initiatives. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in technical and operational accounting, the ability to work with large volumes of data and experience with both implementing and optimizing complex systems and processes. The role will lead the accounting impact and solution design for various new business initiatives. The ideal candidate works well through ambiguity, thrives in a fast-paced and changing environment, and possesses excellent leadership and communication skills.


  • Provides oversight and develops the Core team through coaching, hiring and conducting annual performance reviews
  • Brings a collaborative approach to cross divisional projects
  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership and teamwork to achieve business results
  • Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods, and practices to promote REI key messages
  • Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results
  • Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements
  • Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions
  • Provides leadership support to employees in order to achieve department, company and customer results
  • Establishes and maintains visibility within the department
  • Monitors operational statistics, report trends, variances and issues, and takes appropriate action
  • Manages and leads monthly, quarterly, and year-end closings
  • Reviews general ledger account data and analysis to ensure that the Company’s financial records are complete and accurate
  • Reviews account reconciliations to ensure they are accurate and completed in a timely manner and reconciling items are appropriately addressed
  • Expert understanding of internal controls related to accounting and reporting. Responsible for ensuring adequate internal controls within accounting and collaborates with other teams to ensure adequate controls exist for processes that impact accounting
  • Leads the balancing and posting of financial information from systems that do not feed directly to the general ledger
  • Ensures documentation of accounting practices and processes is accurate and up-to-date
  • Key contact and resource for internal and external auditors providing supporting documentation and requests
  • Identifies and executes accounting-related projects that support company and department strategic initiatives
  • Analyzes processes and procedures; initiates, develops, and implements process improvements
  • Provides leadership, guidance and expertise to cross-divisional business and technical teams regarding accounting issues, including their related systems and processes
  • Provides financial expertise to internal management to assist in various strategic and operating decisions
  • Performs accounting research and consults with the business to guide operational understanding and accounting requirements for new business initiatives

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting CPA license
  • 5+ years accounting experience, with a preference for a background including both public accounting and industry experience
  • 2+ years management experience in a mid to large corporate environment demonstrating strong leadership skills
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Demonstrates solid understanding of financial systems. SAP experience preferred
  • Advanced use of Excel worksheets
  • Demonstrates firm understanding of how to apply GAAP to General Ledger accounting and operational policies
  • Solid understanding of internal controls and related processes. Ability to understand complex financial calculations and analysis
  • Effective work methods, proven organization and time management skills
  • Excellent follow through and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze and objectively solve problems
  • Ability to present analysis and recommendations to senior level management in a clear & concise format
  • Ability to be self-directed, work independently with little supervision, and as an effective team leader
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality customer service and sound judgment
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best work
  • Establishes trust and inspires others
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to the same
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest, while ensuring accurate reporting in compliance with GAAP
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in problem solving or the pursuit of business opportunities 
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company
  • Demonstrated ability to solve multiple operational and accounting challenges
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment where priorities often shift, and juggling multiple tasks is the norm

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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ARTICLE 23-A, Section 753
LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL OFFENSES

§753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption.

1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

(a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.

(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.