Staff Accountant

Posted Date: May-20-2020

Job ID: 17496

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Bellevue

State: Washington

Store: REI Headquarters is moving to Bellevue’s Spring District, Summer 2020!


What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by reviewing, analyzing, and posting corporate financial data to financial system of record in an accurate and timely manner. General responsibilities include: Perform month-end closing activities and account reconciliations, preparing monthly standard journal entries, cross divisional collaboration to research general accounting questions, maintaining balance sheet schedules, analyzing general ledger account balances to determine accuracy and completeness of entries, report generation and review, data organization and management, and researching and posting account corrections in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and internal account definitions. This position must have an excellent understanding of the technical and financial implications of the associated processes and can identify and resolve problems independently. 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.


  • Reviews, balances, and posts corporate financial data from multiple systems into the general ledger
  • Actively seeks guidance on prioritization from senior accountants and managers to ensure deliverables are completed timely 
  • Performs month-end closing activities and account reconciliations
  • Reconciles balance sheet accounts; identifies and resolves discrepant items
  • Works cross-divisionally to research questions about financial information and posts correcting entries in accordance with GAAP and internal account definitions
  • Prepares supporting documentation for balance sheet accounts as well as journal entries
  • Identifies issues and brings inconsistencies and problems to the attention of management. Participates in developing and implementing solutions
  • Generates custom and ad hoc reports as requested by management
  • Oversees the organization and management of data retention
  • Serves as backup support to other team members
  • Analyze financial information to provide financial insight and recommendations about efficient use of resources
  • Maintains awareness of all activities and issues that could impact daily operations and service levels
  • Participates in ad-hoc projects and assignments as needed

Cash Accounting Requirements:

  • Prepares bank account reconciliations
  • Processes bank account clearings
  • Accounts receivable/bad debt accounting
  • Assists with Check/ACH/Wire deposits and voids

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • 1+ years accounting or bookkeeping experience In the process of obtaining CPA license 
  • Experience analyzing informational data in an ERP system
  • SAP experience Intermediate to advanced Excel skills required
  • Demonstrates firm understanding of how to apply GAAP in daily accounting activities
  • Consistently demonstrates analytical and problem solving skills Collaborative work style
  • Demonstrates eagerness to learn new tasks
  • Ability to consolidate information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
  • Ability to work independently and balance multiple projects and processes simultaneously
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions to support the direction taken by others at REI
  • Assumes positive intent and starts from a place of respect when interacting with colleagues
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile 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.