Job Openings

Senior Accountant

Job ID: BH401187

Category: Senior Accountant

Specialty: Accounting & Finance

Head Start Yes (have been looking on their own)— GL

**We placed someone in this role who did not work out, Jeff Karon

Salary: 80-85K (flex to 90k but no more beyond that) 

Other Comp/Benefits: Strong benefit package including 5% 401K match. Also will be bringing back a program where they automatically put 4% into your 401k 

 

Why open: Turnover, have someone who is great but going back to school to get her MS Public Health. She is helping per diem to get them through the transition. 

 

 

Backstory/Additional Job Details/Recruiting for candidate insight?

Really strong company culture, tenure. People tend to come here and stay. 

Do not send: Candidates who do not have full month end close

 

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Senior Accountant
Direct Hire

 

Remote for now (manager would like to keep it this way for the foreseeable future) Hybrid long term most likely. 

Onsite – Cambridge, Kendall

Hours: Stated 35 hour work week, could be more during month end but there is good work life balance

Company Information, Industry, Size: 100 total employees, 5 in finance

Team Size: 5, there is opportunity for this to grow within the finance org

 

Interview Process: Interview with Director of Finance, CFO, VP HR

Must Haves:

  • Full month end close experience 
  • BS Accounting/Finance
  • 3+ years of experience 
  • Some ERP 
  • Good communicator (culture is important here) 

Preferred:

  • Public Accounting 
  • CPA
  • Abila MIP
  • Non profit

 

Full Job Description

Description:

 

Over one hundred years ago, the Forsyth Institute was founded to provide free dental care to Boston’s poorest children. Today, Forsyth is the only independent research institute in the United States specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness, including an on-site clinical practice, clinical trials, ForsythKids school program, and a convener for oral health and biotech experts. In addition to being the only affiliate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Forsyth’s researchers’ partner with an array of academic institutions, hospitals, independent research institutes, and biotech and pharmaceutical companies to remain at the forefront of oral health discovery. To learn more about the Forsyth Institute, visit www.forsyth.org

Forsyth, an independent not-for-profit research organization, is located in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, an epicenter of biotechnology. This area is also known for its numerous eclectic restaurants, shopping at the Galleria Mall, and beautiful walking paths along the Charles River.

The Forsyth Institute has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Accountant. This role reports to the Director of Finance and performs the duties and carries out the responsibilities of the accounting and financial reporting functions of the Institute on a daily, monthly, and annual basis. The Senior Accountant is responsible for ensuring activities are captured and transactions are accurately reflected in the general ledger and financials statements. This position works in concert with all finance staff to oversee systems, controls, transactions, processes, and activities to ensure they follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), federal sponsored research policies, and Institute policy.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Compiles and analyzes financial information and prepares journal entries for the completion of the month and year-end closes.
  • Oversees the Accounts Payable function to ensure the timely and accurate payment of invoices, issuance of 1099’s, etc.
  • Prepares and reviews monthly reconciliations of balance sheet accounts and ensure that general ledger accounts are reconciled with resolution to reconciling items.
  • Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports.
  • Coordinate and resolve various issues with bank such as cleared check and deposit differences, bank fee anomalies, etc.
  • Review and record receivables and accruals.
  • Maintain the fixed assets module within system, recording all equipment purchases, and associated depreciation schedules.
  • Works closely with the Clinic and Development teams to reconcile financial transactions in the general ledger.
  • Makes recommendations regarding the unusual/new accounting transactions.
  • Prepares and analyzes balance sheet and profit and loss statements monthly. Provides fluctuation explanations for changes for review with the Director of Finance.
  • Determines proper handling of financial transactions and approves transactions within designated limits.
  • Establish and enforce proper accounting methods, policies and principles.
  • Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, Federal guidelines and Institute policies and procedures.
  • Installs, modifies, documents, and coordinates implementation of accounting systems and accounting control procedures.
  • Assists in the external audit by reviewing and analyzing general ledger accounts; providing information for auditors.
  • Submits recommendations for improving the organization's accounting operation.
  • Collects appropriate data and prepares federal, state, and local reports and tax returns.
  • Other ad hoc projects and duties as assigned.

. Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of public accounting and/or private industry experience preferably in a not for profit research organization.
  • CPA is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and with electronic accounting systems (Abila MIP experience is a plus).
  • Solid experience with general ledger, the month-end/year end close process, and accounts payable.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail and deadline oriented.
  • Must be committed to providing the highest level of customer service and responsiveness.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Desire to work in a mission driven organization undergoing change and growth
Requirements:

The Forsyth Institute has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Accountant. This role reports to the Director of Finance and performs the duties and carries out the responsibilities of the accounting and financial reporting functions of the Institute on a daily, monthly, and annual basis. The Senior Accountant is responsible for ensuring activities are captured and transactions are accurately reflected in the general ledger and financials statements. This position works in concert with all finance staff to oversee systems, controls, transactions, processes, and activities to ensure they follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), federal sponsored research policies, and Institute policy.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Compiles and analyzes financial information and prepares journal entries for the completion of the month and year-end closes.
  • Oversees the Accounts Payable function to ensure the timely and accurate payment of invoices, issuance of 1099’s, etc.
  • Prepares and reviews monthly reconciliations of balance sheet accounts and ensure that general ledger accounts are reconciled with resolution to reconciling items.
  • Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports.
  • Coordinate and resolve various issues with bank such as cleared check and deposit differences, bank fee anomalies, etc.
  • Review and record receivables and accruals.
  • Maintain the fixed assets module within system, recording all equipment purchases, and associated depreciation schedules.
  • Works closely with the Clinic and Development teams to reconcile financial transactions in the general ledger.
  • Makes recommendations regarding the unusual/new accounting transactions.
  • Prepares and analyzes balance sheet and profit and loss statements monthly. Provides fluctuation explanations for changes for review with the Director of Finance.
  • Determines proper handling of financial transactions and approves transactions within designated limits.
  • Establish and enforce proper accounting methods, policies and principles.
  • Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, Federal guidelines and Institute policies and procedures.
  • Installs, modifies, documents, and coordinates implementation of accounting systems and accounting control procedures.
  • Assists in the external audit by reviewing and analyzing general ledger accounts; providing information for auditors.
  • Submits recommendations for improving the organization's accounting operation.
  • Collects appropriate data and prepares federal, state, and local reports and tax returns.
  • Other ad hoc projects and duties as assigned.
. Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of public accounting and/or private industry experience preferably in a not for profit research organization.
  • CPA is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and with electronic accounting systems (Abila MIP experience is a plus).
  • Solid experience with general ledger, the month-end/year end close process, and accounts payable.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail and deadline oriented.
  • Must be committed to providing the highest level of customer service and responsiveness.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Desire to work in a mission driven organization undergoing change and growth

The Planet Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Type: Direct

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts