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Sr. Director, Accounting

Company: Cornerstone Research
Location: Menlo Park
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:


CORNERSTONE RESEARCH provides economic and financial consulting and expert testimony in all phases of complex litigation and regulatory proceedings. We work with a broad network of testifying experts, including prominent faculty and industry practitioners, in a distinctive collaboration. Our staff consultants contribute expertise in economics, finance, accounting, and marketing, as well as business acumen, familiarity with the litigation process, and a commitment to produce outstanding results.

Named one of the Best Workplaces by Inc. Magazine, at Cornerstone Research you will be part of a thriving team of more than 700, spanning eight offices, comprising more than 40 nationalities, and leading the industry in its commitment to develop team members across all levels.

About the Role

The Senior Director, Accounting is responsible for the overall accounting operations for the firm, including leading the U.S. and international accounting, payroll, accounts payable, billing and collections teams, and overseeing tax, compliance, and external reporting activities. The Senior Director reviews and improves procedures, processes, and systems for these areas of responsibility to ensure accuracy, efficiency and compliance with all reporting requirements. They are responsible for implementing and maintaining a system of internal controls that will ensure that the firm is in compliance with GAAP, all applicable company policies, and applicable regulations.

How You'll Help Us Be Successful

  • Direct the activities of the General Ledger team and ensure accounting accuracy and timely dissemination of financial reports including, but not limited to, internal and external financial statements.
  • Oversee the annual US and UK audits and implement agreed upon recommendations resulting from the audit.
  • Ensure policies and procedures (internal controls) are in place to provide assurance that the company assets are protected, and ensure the integrity of all aspects of firm wide accounting and financial.
  • Oversee tax planning and supervise the completion of Federal and State tax reporting requirements (including income, property, sales and use, payroll and other local taxes), insurance reports, and other reports required by government regulation. Also, assists other departments with tax related issues and reporting.
  • Coordinate with outside tax accountants to assure corporate income tax compliance and accurate and timely completion of all corporate income tax.
  • Identify and improve accounting operations inefficiencies and solutions to improve accounting.
  • Manage the firm's banking.
  • Oversee the firm's billing and collections functions, working with the Senior Manager to ensure timeliness, accuracy and process efficiency.
  • Build strong relationships across the Firm, including with senior leaders and 25 accounting team members.

What You'll Need to Be Successful

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business required.
  • CPA, MBA or Master's degree in Financial Accounting required.
  • Fifteen plus years of progressive accounting and previous supervisory experience, preferably in a professional services firm.
  • Mastery of financial reporting.
  • Excellent managerial, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office required.

What Will Differentiate You

  • Leadership: the desire to take initiative and actively contribute to the team and firm
  • Communication: the ability to communicate effectively and professionally
  • Business Acumen: the capability to fully understand the business and goals of the firm, and the ability to manage the firm's financial and operational functions
  • Client Service: the mindset to provide superior service


Our uniquely collegial and supportive atmosphere makes Cornerstone Research a great place to work. Cornerstone Research invests in its people in a number of ways including providing development opportunities and organizing memorable social events. To many, our culture and our people are the most exciting and enriching aspects of a career at Cornerstone Research.


Cornerstone Research is an equal employee opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

This position will be located in the Menlo Park, CA office.

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