DriveTime

Job Overview

DriveTime Needs a Senior Accountant

 

DriveTime is the nation’s second largest used car retailer, focused on helping people find and finance used vehicles (trust us, it’s more exciting than it sounds).  We have single-handedly rebuilt, retooled, redreamed and reconfigured the way people think about driving cars, breaking apart from the industry’s status quo.  For more than 17 years, DriveTime has changed the auto world from the ground up while emphasizing values, morals and growth from the inside-out!

 

DriveTime’s goal is to take every customer on the full path to ownership. All the way from purchasing vehicles, inspecting and selling; to financing, servicing and warranties – when it comes to owning a vehicle - we know what’s up!  As motivated as we are to take our customer on the path to ownership, we are just as focused on taking our employees on the path to owning their careers.  Across the nation, from our home office and call centers to our 138 retail locations and 20 inspection centers, we are looking for talented individuals like yourself to join our ever-growing team!

Job ID# 26802
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Interest: Corporate
Type: Regular Full-Time
Post Date: 9/6/2019

A Day in the Life of a Senior Accountant

That’s Lovely, But What’s the Job?

 

In short, as a Senior Accountant, you will be responsible for understanding highly specialized accounting concepts required to maintain the general ledger, supporting subsidiary ledgers and ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  You are technically minded and understand more technical areas of general ledger accounting. You will be responsible for preparation and recording of complex journal entries and schedules, highly involved in year-end budgeting process and assist in coordinating and supervision of the activities of the accounting staff. This supervisory role will include the review of complex issues and general reconciliations with an emphasis on the ability to manage the planning, performance, presentation and completion of special projects.

 

In long, our Senior Accounts are responsible for:

 

  • Key point of contact within area of responsibility for the month-end close process
  • Reviewing and approving of junior staff technical journal entries and account reconciliations
  • Preparing technical journal entries and reconciliations for specialized accounting of:
    • Inventory standard costing and valuation
    • Allowances for sales returns; inventory, revenue, COGS
    • Revenue and expense recognition for consumer insurance products (Guaranteed Asset Protection, Extended Warranties, and Collateral Protection)
    • Marketing and advertising expenditures
    • Accounting of SG&A related expense accruals and postings
  • Working with FP&A teams to develop annual budgets, short range forecasts, and ad-hoc analysis
  • Performing high-level budget to actual analysis and variance explanations
  • Assisting in preparation and communication of management reports
  • Research accounting guidance as needed and provide recommendations for technical accounting treatment
  • Validate, test, and support the creation of accounting and finance models for revenue/cost recognition
  • Communication of operational expenditure performance with corporate leadership
  • Supporting external auditors with quarterly reviews and annual audits
  • Evaluating and improving upon existing accounting policies, processes, and reporting

 

Qualifications

So What Kind of Folks Are We Looking for?

 

  • Organization and time management skills in spades. You’ll be handling multiple projects and deadlines that will require you to prioritize then re-prioritize… then… re-prioritize again.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to talk and write with confidence, charisma and competence for a wide variety of audiences including management.
  • Killer analytical and reporting abilities. You’ll need the capability to analyze financial data and in return, prepare timely reports on your findings.
  • A mind for the details. Okay we know “detail-oriented” is on about every job description – but we really mean it! 
  • Plays well with others. You will be working in a high-functioning team environment.  We work together in order to win together.
  • Collaborative contributor. You need the ability to coordinate and supervise staff while remaining an individual contributor to the team.
  • Intellectual curiosity. You constantly ask why.  You’re never satisfied with just doing the work, you want to know why you do what you do.  You are not afraid to dive deep to understand complex subjects.
  • Operate automatously. This isn’t a “hold your hand” kind of role.  We give you autonomy to be creative in your space and do your thing.  We need an individual that is self-motivated to get the work done and get the work done well.

 

 

The Specifics.

 

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in accounting or Finance.
  • 4+ years’ overall experience within accounting/finance. With a minimum of 2 years in a purely accounting role.
  • Strong general understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Advanced Excel skills.

 

Nice to Haves.

 

  • Licensed CPA.
  • SQL experience.
  • Heavy general ledger experience with technical accounting concepts
  • Account audit experience.
  • Experience with technical accounting in a $500M+ company.

 

 

Anything Else?  Absolutely.

 

DriveTime was awarded Top Companies to Work for in AZ by AZCentral.com for our great culture and one of the Best Places to Work in IT as awarded by PBJ.  Essentially we offer a creative, transparent and fun environment since, well, we work here too.  DriveTime was also voted the Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc 5000, and we aren’t slowing down anytime soon!

 

 

 

So What About the Perks?  Perks matter.

 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision. DriveTime pays a nice chunk of your premiums to keep the cost as low as possible for our employees.
  • 16 days of PTO and 6 paid Holidays. Because who doesn’t love time off?
  • Benefits like 401(k), company paid life insurance, short and long-term disability.
  • Casual Dress. Come dressed in jeans (you’ll fit right in with the rest of us).
  • Game Room. Gimme a break – no, not a Kit Kat ad but we do have a ping-pong table, pool table and Virtual Reality if you ever need a break in your day.
  • Wellness Program and In-House Gym. We want our employees to be the best versions of themselves. That’s why we offer a Wellness Program that includes an in-house gym, B12 shots, teeth cleanings, biometric screenings and much more!
  • Growth opportunities. DriveTime takes a lot of pride in promoting from within. We have spent the last 14 years growing our team members and taking them on the path to owning their careers!

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We’re a team of innovators and engineers, movers and shakers, morning people and night owls, dreamers and believers, techies and talkers. But most of all we are a family. At DriveTime we’re fueled by the success of our employees as much as we are by the loyalty of our customers.

Rachael J
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DriveTime’s culture encourages you to grow and challenge yourself. I started as an Intern in HR almost five years ago. I never would have expected that someday I’d be analyzing IT software solutions—but here I am, loving it! Amazing mentors have supported me in each direction my career has taken here and I’m lucky to have a group of colleagues that feels like family. I am passionate about what I do. It’s a bonus to work with such vibrant, fun, brilliant people every day.

I venture outdoors in my free time to take advantage of all this sunshine. I like to go hiking, running and road triping on long weekends. Baseball games out here are a must for me too. Cooking and sketching are my creative outlets of choice. I also hang out with my wonderful, fluffy German Shepherd mix whenever I can.

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