Senior Accountant

Virtual Req #174
Friday, May 10, 2024

Position Summary:

Penn Foster’s Accounting team delivers high quality financial reporting and analysis for key decision-making support for the business and for external reporting compliance requirements.  Members serve as ambassadors to business leaders in delivering timely and accurate financial data.  As a key member of the accounting management team, the Senior Accountant will take ownership of all aspects of revenue accounting and analysis including our business to consumer (B2C) and business to business (B2B) customers across all entities. This role will also assume responsibility for financial reporting. The position will also partner with the other members in the department as needed to support monthly financial close processes, financial reporting, annual financial audits, account reconciliations, researching technical accounting issues, enhancing accounting practices, and ensuring internal control compliance. This position is also expected to partner cross-functionally to deliver value and support. We are seeking a bright, high-energy individual looking to make an immediate impact on the business. 

Essential Job Functions:

The key functions for this position include the following:


  • Revenue Accounting
  • B2C revenue accounting for all brands, including A/R and Deferred Revenue
  • B2B revenue accounting for all brands, including A/R and Deferred Revenue
    • own the facilitation of monthly revenue recognition reviews with FP&A, VP/Controller, and CFO
    • Support systematic solutions for revenue recognition reporting
    • Coach and mentor staff with proper cross training for back up needs
    • Foreign exchange translation accountingEnsure proper checks and balances are in place to ensure accuracy, completeness and proper cut-off reporting.
    • Produce clear reconciliations on Revenue, Lifetime Receipts (LTRs) to GL/Bank Cash, A/R and Deferred Revenue to ensure accuracy of account balances.
    •  Reporting
      • Monthly and quarterly financial statement preparation for all entities and consolidations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • CPA license preferred (does not need to be active status)
  • Minimum of 4 years post-undergraduate professional experience, preferably with at least 2 of those years in public accounting (audit or tax).
  • Strong Excel skills and experience with financial accounting systems (JDE).
  • Able to work overtime on an as needed basis, but specifically in support of month-end closing and year-end audits.
  • Honest and ethical, has a professional mindset and demeanor.
  • Able to work effectively and efficiently, meet deadlines and take ownership of their work product.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Team player; able to understand corporate goals/objectives and relate them to individual goals and responsibilities.
  • Organized self-starter, with a high energy level and desire for professional growth
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented nature a must
  • Pride in accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work cross-functionally across organization
  • Intellectual curiosity with an innate interest in learning about, and improving, both the company and one’s self
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and maintains composure under pressure
  • Composure and confidence to interact with executive team
  • High energy, humble team player, strategic and creative thinker, “get it done” attitude

About Us: At Penn Foster Group, we are transforming online learning to help learners by bringing together Penn Foster, CareerStep, Ashworth College, James Madison High School, the New York Institute of Photography, the New York Institute of Art and Design, and other education platforms. Together, we create an accelerated path to greater economic mobility through real-world skills and knowledge that enable learners to achieve long-term success in the workplaces of the future.  Our history dates back to 1890 when our founder, Thomas Foster, pioneered distance education by offering training by mail for coal miners to get the necessary skills for safer jobs. Today, with the partners who use our education and training programs, we continue that mission of providing accessible training and education for in-demand skills and are building a workforce that’s prepared for the future job market.

Equal Employment Opportunity: We strive toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Penn Foster Group by intentionally building teams that are diverse – in identities, lived experiences, and ideas to create a culture where people feel connected to each other and have a sense of belonging. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion because it is the foundation that enables us to achieve what we set out to do as an organization – from maximizing the number of learners who can reach their goals while giving them the kinds of experiences we want them to have, to becoming the type of company we want to work in.  

What We Offer: We offer a robust benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, generous paid time off, sponsored volunteer opportunities, a 401K with a company match, plus free access to all of our online programs.

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