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Senior Accounting Associate



Accounting & Finance
Watertown, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Join us as we work to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

Senior Accounting Associate

Opportunity to join a fast-moving accounting/finance team. The team’s primary focus is on monthly close processes; however, the team is also heavily involved in financial reporting, IT process improvements, management reporting, and other projects within the finance organization.

Position Summary:

The Senior Accounting Associate will be part of the corporate accounting team. The Senior Associate will also work closely with the financial planning & analysis and tax teams and will participate in aspects of the company’s internal/external audit, tax compliance and financial reporting efforts. This position requires a motivated and hard-working individual who has a strong attention to detail, organizational and interpersonal skills. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure to both the month-end close process as well as various process improvement projects. The position reports to an Accounting Manager or Senior Manager of Accounting.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for aspects of the month-end financial close including reviewing contracts and performing calculations to prepare journal entries

  • Responsible for preparing balance sheet reconciliations on a monthly basis

  • Prepare written explanations for month-over-month fluctuation analysis within balance sheet & P&L reviews

  • Assist in the preparation of month end reporting packages for senior leadership

  • Responsible for answering questions about the Company’s financial statement and operational finance performance to others within finance and the business

  • Maintain internal controls over financial accounting and reporting processes in compliance with SOX. Assist in the identification of risks and implementation of new controls when necessary.

  • Assist in information used in external reporting, specifically related to footnotes and disclosures

  • Assist with audit requests for internal and external auditors

  • Continually assess and design new and improved ways of doing things, particularly focused on driving efficiencies and automation

  • Assist in systems implementation, upgrading testing and rollouts of new features in the general ledger system (Oracle) for both efficiency and reporting

  • Assist in various special other special projects that arise

Education, Experience, & Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting

  • Public accounting experience and/or equivalent experience in industry

  • Excellent communication skills, including strong ability to understand your audience and adapt communication to this audience

  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP

  • Strong knowledge of risks and controls

  • Ethical individual that acts with high levels of integrity

  • Strong excel skills

  • Strong ability to analyze an issue and articulate the issue both verbally and in writing

Behaviors & Abilities Required:

  • Willing/excited to work in a fast-paced & growing company

  • Willingness to expand range of responsibilities as needed based on the evolution of the company and the role

  • Ability to adapt and balance multiple priorities

  • Enthusiastic team player and ability to maintain positive attitude during stressful situations

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and be able to solve problems

  • Be professionally skeptical and continually challenge answers, processes, etc.

About athenahealth

Here’s our vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

What’s unique about our locations?
From an historic, 19th century arsenal to a converted, landmark power plant, all of athenahealth’s offices were carefully chosen to represent our innovative spirit and promote the most positive and productive work environment for our teams. Our 10 offices across the United States and India — plus numerous remote employees — all work to modernize the healthcare experience, together.

Our company culture might be our best feature.
We don't take ourselves too seriously. But our work? That’s another story. athenahealth develops and implements products and services that support US healthcare: It’s our chance to create healthier futures for ourselves, for our family and friends, for everyone.

Our vibrant and talented employees — or athenistas, as we call ourselves — spark the innovation and passion needed to accomplish our goal. We continue to expand our workforce with amazing people who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives at every level, and foster an environment where every athenista feels comfortable bringing their best selves to work.

Our size makes a difference, too: We are small enough that your individual contributions will stand out — but large enough to grow your career with our resources and established business stability.

Giving back is integral to our culture. Our athenaGives platform strives to support food security, expand access to high-quality healthcare for all, and support STEM education to develop providers and technologists who will provide access to high-quality healthcare for all in the future. As part of the evolution of athenahealth’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, we’ve selected nonprofit partners that align with our purpose and let us foster long-term partnerships for charitable giving, employee volunteerism, insight sharing, collaboration, and cross-team engagement.

What can we do for you?
Along with health and financial benefits, athenistas enjoy perks specific to each location, including commuter support, employee assistance programs, tuition assistance, employee resource groups, and collaborative workspaces — some offices even welcome dogs.

In addition to our traditional benefits and perks, we sponsor events throughout the year, including book clubs, external speakers, and hackathons. And we provide athenistas with a company culture based on learning, the support of an engaged team, and an inclusive environment where all employees are valued.

We also encourage a better work-life balance for athenistas with our flexibility. While we know in-office collaboration is critical to our vision, we recognize that not all work needs to be done within an office environment, full-time. With consistent communication and digital collaboration tools, athenahealth enables employees to find a balance that feels fulfilling and productive for each individual situation.