Essence Digital - New York, NY

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Essence is an award-winning digital agency with offices in New York and London delivering work for clients across Europe, North America and beyond. With clients such as Google, Expedia and eBay, Essence delivers digital Media, Social, Creative and Technical solutions to leaders in the digital space.

We opened our doors in the US in October 2010, and since then the agency has grown with astounding energy and pace. We’ve already started to gain recognition - winning an Effie Award for our part in marketing Google Chrome through 2011 - and in a short space of time we have built an exceptional team of talented people. But the growth doesn’t stop there; we are now on the lookout for even more bright, driven and analytically-minded individuals to help us stand out among our peers, to work on some of most exciting and challenging briefs out there and to help even help us win new ones.

We take our work very seriously – as we bid to become a global, category defining global digital agency - but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We believe our work environment should be fun and passionate, and we’re looking for likeminded people to join the team!

The Role:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join our small but expanding finance team, with particular responsibilities to facilitate the monthly and yearly accounting function, help manage day-to-day client invoicing, and maintain good relations with business partners. This role plays a key part in spend control, evolving business needs and changes, and business development.

Some of the things we’d like you to do:
Process review and direct all day-to day accounting functions including AR into the SAP System, a critical function within the finance process

Maintain an updated collection of client files and generate invoices

Act as the central point of contact internally ( for media buying team) as well as for external parties (client accounts) for queries

Facilitate internal authorization of client billing

Review AR aging reports and determine the invoices that need to be billed and payment collected

Perform monthly review of individual Operating Companies’ Income Statement and Balance Sheet, budget variance analysis, allocation reconciliations, and identification of unusual transactions, business changes, accounting changes and misstatements

Ensure proper adherence to US GAAP and Essence Digital Inc. accounting policies, recording adjustments when needed

Responsible for the development and maintenance of accurate financial information for revenue recognition and reporting in the financial statements to support effective fiscal planning, reporting, and attainment of strategic goals and objectives of the organization

Reconcile inter-company transactions to ensure equivalent recording by both parties

Assist with month-end close process and complete chart of account reconciliations by the closing date on a monthly basis, prepare and input into the general ledger accounting system.

Research and resolve account discrepancies. Reconcile, analyze and adjust general ledger accounts as necessary including accruals and reclasses. Maintain accurate detail in support of the general ledger account balances.

Coordinate responses to audit inquiries regarding chart of accounts.

Assist the Finance Manager in other ad hoc projects. Complete special projects and financial analysis as necessary.

Some of the skills and experience you’ll need to have:
We are looking for a candidate with great interpersonal skills, someone who can build and maintain strong professional relationships, both internally around the business and externally with business partners.

2-3 years of relevant client billing and accounting experience

BS/BA degree in Accounting/Finance or related field required from a reputable university. CPA is preferable

Strong analytical skills

Highly organized team player

Responsible, diligent and attentive to detail; follows through on queries and issues

Excellent verbal and written communicational skills, comfortable to deal with both internal and external parties, clients and suppliers

Multitasking skills to manage multiple projects at once

Proficiency with MS Office, mainly Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Knowledge of SAP is a plus

Experience in the Technology and/or Marketing Industry is a plus

What you can expect from Essence:
This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-growing, dynamic agency which is doing cutting edge-work for huge brands in the digital industry. You will get the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and to build on your skills and experience, along with a competitive salary and benefits package.

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