Senior Accountant - Financial Reporting

Posted Date: Jun-10-2021

Job ID: 20244

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 being accountable for complex accounting, reporting, ad-hoc analyses and audit activities to ensure the accurate and timely reporting of financial results for internal and external purposes. General responsibilities include: Developing and maintaining accounting policies to ensure compliance with relevant accounting standards by performing technical accounting research and determining appropriate accounting treatment, proactively monitoring changes in accounting guidance and participating in cross-divisional accounting projects. Organization, attention to detail, and communication are critical to the success of this role. The ideal candidate will initiate, develop, and implement process improvements as well as model and act in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.


  • Prepares monthly and annual financial statements, financial reports, and ad-hoc analyses as requested
  • Creates, maintains and communicates monthly, quarterly and annual calendars to ensure adequate planning and successful deadline compliance for the following processes: financial close, BOD package, press release, etc.
  • Monitors rulemaking activity of the FASB and analyze recently issued accounting standards for accounting policy and financial statement disclosure impact
  • Solid understanding of internal controls related to accounting and reporting. Responsible for ensuring adequate internal controls within accounting and works with other teams to ensure adequate controls exist for processes that impact accounting
  • Proactively identifies inefficient processes; initiates, develops, and implement process improvements
  • Researches, analyzes, and creates and/or edits policy and procedure documents according to the Company’s standards, including formal policies and procedures and departmental operating procedures
  • Takes a proactive role in reviewing and concluding on accounting policy impact of complex and non-routine transactions and agreements
  • Creates and maintains a database of accounting conclusions ('white papers') to enable research and drives consistency across the company
  • Assists in maintaining the Company’s policy document repository and addresses user questions about the repository
  • Works closely with accounting personnel and cross-functional teams to implement new accounting standards, providing clarification of terms to users
  • Resolves complex accounting issues and financial transactions identified/proposed by finance personnel and cross-divisional teams
  • Demonstrates excellent time management skills and effectively prioritizes competing responsibilities with minimal oversight; ensures deliverables are completed timely
  • Acts as liaison to external auditors in the resolution of technical accounting issues
  • Analyzes and reconciles complex Balance Sheet accounts, identifying and resolving discrepancies
  • Accountable for reconciling and posting complex accounting transactions
  • Trains, coaches and provides guidance to the Accounting team relating to more complex accounting processes and reconciliations
  • Participates in and drives ad hoc projects and assignments as needed

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • CPA preferred
  • 3+ years accounting and/or financial reporting experience
  • SAP experience preferred
  • Experience analyzing data in an ERP system
  • Advanced Excel and analytical skills required
  • Demonstrates firm understanding of how to apply GAAP to General Ledger accounting and the ability to coach and provide guidance to other accounting staff on more complex accounting principles
  • Experience performing accounting research and determining appropriate accounting treatment
  • Analytical mindset with drive for problem solving
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality surrounding sensitive employee or company information
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others to achieve business goals
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions to support the direction taken by others at REI
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment to solve problems and pursue 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
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Assumes positive intent and starts from a place of respect when interacting with colleagues
  • Builds rapport with people inside and outside the organization
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of organizational goals
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change

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

NEW YORK CORRECTION LAW
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.