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Manager of Technical Accounting

Function: Finance
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, 01702, Massachusetts
Date posted: 05/31/2017
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1012501

The Manager of Technical Accounting will play an important role in helping Staples to comply with US GAAP and SEC regulations.  The key aspects of this role will entail performing technical research, drafting white papers, preparing financial models, and interacting with the Company’s external auditors.  The Manager of Technical Accounting will also help support business partners, including Treasury, Tax, Merchandising, Investor Relations, FP&A, and Operational Accounting.  This role will assist with maintaining Staples’ accounting policies and with implementing new accounting standards.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Own the preparation and review of the Company’s SEC filings
  • Perform technical research related to complex accounting matters and document the Company’s positions in white papers
  • Review contracts to evaluate the appropriate accounting treatment, including revenue recognition
  • Assist with testing goodwill and long-lived assets for impairment, including compiling and analyzing information to be incorporated in valuation models
  • Perform due diligence and assist with preparation of purchase accounting documentation for business combinations, including preparing valuation models and supporting third-party valuation firms 
  • Assist with the implementation of new accounting standards, including the new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards
  • Act as project manager for external audit
  • Interact with external auditors to help support the Company’s accounting positions and to provide for an efficient audit process
  • Ensure SOX compliance by maintaining a set of internal controls and procedures in related areas
  • Interface with corporate departments to address accounting matters

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting required
  • CPA preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of GAAP and SEC regulations
  • 6+ years of experience, preferably Big 4
  • Working knowledge of internal controls and Sarbanes Oxley
  • Problem solver, methodical, detail-oriented, and highly analytical
  • Ability to work with senior management and influence decision making
  • Highly motivated and dedicated individual
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and communication skills