Accounting and Financial Operations Lead

Palo Alto / Remote

Gen Z is the generation of the side hustle. 💪🏻 They’re creators. 👩‍🎤 They’re freelancers. 🧑‍💻 They’re investors. 👩‍💼 And they’re not afraid to take on challenges, especially when it comes to their finances - and we’re here for it.

Step is a next-generation financial services company building a better banking experience to help teens and young adults achieve financial independence and knowledge at an earlier age. We’re on a mission to improve the financial future of the next generation and empower teens to start their financial journey today. Step is a well-funded Series C company that has raised more than $175M, focused on disrupting the banking industry through a differentiated mobile-first consumer experience.

Teens and families love our product. We eclipsed 1 million customers in just four months after launch and have now crossed 2 million customers after less than 9 months on the market. If you’re looking to join a fast-growing company with a strong mission and vision that puts people first, we want to meet you!

The Role

Step is seeking an Accounting leader to start building a world class Accounting team. You will be the first accounting hire and be responsible for building a team from the ground up to support the fast growing, dynamic Step business. You will be responsible for building the team, developing our internal processes and controls and partnering with our product, engineering and data teams to develop the systems and infrastructure to scale efficiently.

Responsibilities

  • Design and build scalable accounting processes and controls to support the growth our current products and upcoming launches
  • Hire and manage the accounting and financial operations team
  • Lead cross-functional initiatives and communicate progress effectively with senior leadership
  • Partner with the rest of the Finance organization to support existing products and services and build new accounting processes for new products and services
  • Own the financial statements and end to end close process. This includes driving an efficient monthly close, building balance sheet reconciliations, flux analysis, financial statement preparation and reporting deliverables
  • Develop and drive the annual audit process through coordination of key timelines, deliverables and final reporting packages.
  • Define and implement key accounting systems required to drive automation and support the growth of the company 
  • Partner with product, engineering, and data teams to support the automation of accounting processes and the development of internal tools, as needed
  • Own technical accounting analysis, including the preparation of accounting memos and assessment of complex accounting processes.
  • Maintain up-to-date accounting policies and procedures

Qualifications

  • 10-20 years of relevant public accounting and/or private industry experience
  • CPA or equivalent
  • Proven experience in the monthly close process and exposure to accounting systems and understands how to drive automation and efficiency in these processes
  • Strong analytical skills and cares deeply about getting things right 
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully managing cross-functional initiatives, partnering effectively with technical teams
  • Fluency with U.S. GAAP and the ability to prepare relevant technical accounting memos
  • Excellent project management, communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated experience with internal controls
  • Ability to be flexible and comfortable with changing requirements

You might also have

  • SQL experience
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the banking and payments industry

Working at Step

  • Competitive salary based on experience, with full medical and dental benefits 💸
  • High potential for growth 📈
  • Stock in an early-stage startup 🤩
  • Flexible WFH and vacation policy 🏝
  • Employee referral program 👯‍♀️👯
  • Monthly stipend for Step Card testing ☕️
  • 401K plan 💪🏻

The team

Step was founded by financial industry veterans CJ MacDonald and Alexey Kalinichenko to provide teens and their families with financial tools for today’s modern-day banking needs and to promote financial literacy for the future. The founding team has 50+ years in combined financial technology experience across companies like Gyft, First Data, Square and Google.

About the team