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Chief Accounting Officer

| Santa Monica

Leaf Group (NYSE: LEAF) is a publicly traded diversified Internet company that builds platforms to enable communities of creators to reach dedicated audiences in the ever-growing lifestyle categories.

The Chief Accounting Officer will report directly to the company’s CFO; this individual will be a key member of the Finance leadership team. S/he will oversee all accounting functions, including general accounting, billing, A/R, A/P, financial reporting, the month-end close process, revenue recognition, cash management, payroll, stock administration, and tax. The CAO will be responsible for further developing and building out a world-class accounting team (currently around 20 professionals) and implementing systems and processes to continuously improve efficiency, cycle time and quality. Additionally, as a member of the Finance leadership team, the CAO will work with the company’s CFO, and SVP of FP&A to drive financial strategy and execution. This role is perfect for someone who is a Corporate Controller/ CAO currently and wants to make the next step in their career.

You’ll Report To: Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities:

  • Implement and maintain corporate accounting policies, procedures and internal controls to ensure conformance with US GAAP and other laws/regulations
  • Lead quarterly financial reporting - including drafting and reviewing SEC documents, ensuring quality, and administering strict timeline
  • Managing transaction accounting, SOX, the closing process, and other financial controls;
  • Ensure the appropriate accounting systems and processes are implemented and continuously improved to achieve greater efficiencies and accuracy in the level and timeliness of reporting
  • Manage relationship with external auditors and ensure delivery of all documentation required for annual audits
  • Implement best in class systems, policies, procedures for close process, financial reporting, SOX compliance and all accounting functions
  • Partner with business leads and FP&A team to understand and explain financial variances; support preparation of board materials
  • Lead the Tax function to ensure complete and accurate tax compliance and tax accounting in conjunction with third-party providers
  • Hire, manage and develop a world-class accounting team
  • Build relationships cross-functionally to foster collaboration both inside and outside of the Finance & Accounting teams

Requirements:

The ideal candidate is an experienced Accounting professional who has the following background:

  • Public accounting experience at Big Four or other, at increasing levels of seniority
  • CPA
  • Strong technical accounting backbone
  • Preferably accounting experience at a public company with demonstrated leadership in role
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Track record leading a team of professionals with a demonstrated ability to hire and retain senior employees
  • Strong project and process management skills with a passion and aptitude for process streamlining and improvement
  • Experience with system design and implementation as the business process owners
  • Uncompromising commitment to diligence, rigor and excellence
  • Experience working with boards and audit committees; a style or gravitas that enables open and transparent dialog with senior leadership
  • Firm, assertive and non-abrasive style that engenders collaboration and loyalty
  • Experience interacting with external constituents, such as auditors, tax accountants, customers, vendors, and others
  • High energy, can-do attitude. Resourceful
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Not afraid to wear multiple hats - no job being too small or too large
  • We're casual and informal but we work hard and work responsibly. A pleasant and supportive demeanor goes a long way

What We Have:

  • Leaf Group is Built In LA's 2019 Best Companies to Work for in Los Angeles
  • Leaf Group is Comparably's 2018 Best Company Los Angeles Award and 2017 Best Company for Diversity Award
  • Well+Good is the 2018 winner of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Company Award
  • MyPlate is the 2018 winner of the Webby Award for Best Design
  • Competitive compensation and benefits packages (i.e., Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, 401K)
  • Cool office environment and culture
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Paid-to-play vacation rewards
  • Discretionary unlimited vacation time
  • Employee discounts for Saatchi Art, Society6, and Deny Designs

Leaf Group, Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for all job openings are welcome and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by state, federal, or local law. It is the intent of the Company to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local legislation concerning equal opportunity in employment.

Agency Disclosure:
If the Leaf Group Talent Acquisition department, or any current company employee, receives an unsolicited resume from a third party recruiting agency and Leaf Group does not have a signed Agency Agreement active, Leaf Group will not be deemed liable to pay a placement fee. The unsolicited resume will be considered a gift and can be considered for our recruitment efforts.

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Location

1655 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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