September 21, 2019

Attn Miserable Cube-Dwellers: Check Out This Job Posting

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So before we get into this job posting, we’re obligated probably by law and definitely by our dubious moral code to inform you that this is a sponsored post. Sponsored in that money was exchanged to make sure we got this job listing in front of y’all, but it has been written by yours truly and I promise not to pack it with made-up anecdotes about work-life balance just because they’re paying us to do it. We partnered with Stack Overflow to list this job because they are looking for someone just like you to fill this position, and we want to do our best to show you guys cool job opportunities when they cross our virtual desk.

With all that out of the way, Stack Overflow is on the hunt for a senior revenue accountant. I’m sure a lot of you are asking “well, who the hell are they?” Glad you asked! You may have caught our Day in the Life feature with Stack Overflow Accounting Manager Katrina Law, in which we learned more about the company and some of the perks that go along with working for them. But just in case you missed it, here’s a brief refresher straight from them:

Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities. We partner with businesses to help them understand, hire, engage, and enable the world’s developers. Our products and services are focused on developer marketing, technical recruiting, and enterprise knowledge sharing.

As promised in my intro, I’m not going to lie and tell you working at Stack Overflow will guarantee you an endless supply of money and unicorns in exchange for a minimal amount of work—it’s still work after all. But you’ll get your foot in the door in the competitive tech startup space, which we can definitely guarantee is more exciting than withering away in your manager’s shadow in public accounting indefinitely. You’ll work in a tight team of smart folks who ain’t got time for dat. (Are we still using that meme? Please tell me we are).

Alright, so now that you have an idea of who they are, it’s time to talk about who their ideal candidate for this senior revenue accountant position might be.

First, technical requirements:

  • You are a CPA with public accounting experience. Boom, that’s like 94% of you.
  • You are a CPA with public accounting experience who has left public accounting and has private industry experience. Sorry, that just disqualified a bunch of y’all.
  • You are a CPA with public accounting experience who has left public accounting and has private industry experience in technology and/or internet service companies’ revenue. Alright, the candidate pool is pretty small now, but I know for a fact there are at least a few out there.
  • You are a CPA with public accounting experience who has left public accounting and has private industry experience in technology and/or internet service companies’ revenue AND have experience in the SaaS and ad tech model space. Is this you? Well congratulations, you got this in the bag my friend.

We want to be clear here that candidates with a good public/private mix are encouraged to apply; lacking experience in the tech space won’t disqualify you. Neither will totally lacking private experience, so those of you with a wandering eye at Big 4 are still welcome to apply if you also fit the following criteria:

1. You live and breathe Excel. I realize this will describe a large chunk of you. Stack Overflow’s ideal candidate doesn’t want to live in a world without VLOOKUP, or as they say it, “intermediate to advanced Excel skills.” Don’t bother applying if you aren’t a black belt in Excel.

2. Communication skills, you need them. Their team is small and there’s no time for screwing around trying to teach a grown adult how to use their big kid words. So on top of being an Excel ninja and accounting genius, you need to bring your A-game when it comes to communication. B- will just not do.

3. Time management and project management skills are a must. If you’re the type who needs your higher-ups to micromanage your every waking moment, this gig isn’t for you. But if you’re the type to deploy an Excel spreadsheet to manage your four kids’ extracurriculars, along with every meeting you have for the next two months, they probs want to talk to you.

At this point, you’re probably asking what’s in it for you. You should know above all else that it’s rare to work through lunch; you actually get to chill and enjoy a meal at noon sharp prepared by their THREE on-site chefs. That’s enough to convince my chubby butt, but I know the big question y’all always have about jobs (spoiler: it involves salary and benefits), so here’s the other good stuff:

  • Competitive base salary
  • 20 days paid vacation
  • Flexible hours
  • Stock options
  • Completely free health insurance (no copay, no premiums)
  • Great office, with espresso bar, games, and free daily lunches
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • Employees will never be poked with a sharp stick

I mean, that stick thing sounds pretty good. If you agree and think you have what it takes to be Stack Overflow’s next senior revenue accountant, go ahead and apply. Be sure to tell them Adrienne at Going Concern sent you, and save me a fancy latte next time I’m in NYC.

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