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Staff Accountant

  • Location: - New York
  • Job Type: Full Time

Here at Shake Shack, we take care of each other first and foremost so that we can make raves for our guests, community, suppliers, and investors. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. We work our buns off, but we play hard too, with a Team Appreciation Day, unlimited meal discounts, volunteer opportunities, and so much more. If you’re looking for a deeply fulfilling, financially rewarding, and really fun career, you’re in the right place. 

Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will be responsible for assisting in the accounting of general functions as it relates to Shake Shack’s Home Office and Shack-level operations, including but not limited to the preparation of journal entries related to accruals, operating expenses, revenue and accounts receivables. This individual will also provide strategic support and analysis as needed.

The Staff Accountant is a self-motivated, adaptive, eager learner who can manage and prioritize an evolving workload in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will have an analytical mindset, strong work ethic, heightened attention to detail and a desire for continuous process improvement.

Key Responsibilities

1. Monthly Close
• Prepare period-end entries, account reconciliations, and account analyses as it relates to owned areas (including but not limited to accruals, operating expenses, revenue and accounts receivables) with appropriate SOX documentation and support when required.
• Facilitate period-end closings by ensuring the accurate and timely completion of all responsibilities.
• Assist with maintaining the invoicing, accounts receivable and collections processes related to company-wide receivables.
• Support with the transactional and operational activities related to Shake Shack’s domestic and international licensed business.
• Work with Operations to develop and implement processes to drive admin out of the Shacks.
• Act as a key member of cross-departmental teams to improve the flow of data and reporting.

2. SOX Compliance
• Support compliance of SOX key controls related to owned accounts and processes.
• Coordinate with internal or external auditors related to owned accounts and processes ensuring complete, timely and accurate responses to information requests.
• Continuously evaluate SOX controls in light of changing systems/processes and work with Internal Audit to identify and implement necessary control changes.

3. Process Improvement
• Review existing processes, structures, and systems to assist in the identification of improvement opportunities with a focus on simplification, standardization and optimization, especially the reduction of manual, Excel-based activities.
• Help drive the reduction of the close timeline by assessing and streamlining close-related activities.
• Assist in assessing the impact from and implement the required changes to systems, process, policies and procedures due to new accounting standards, regulatory changes, changes in business strategy, cross-departmental initiatives and other operational changes.
• Support the implementation of on-going process improvement initiatives.

4. Annual Audit and Quarterly Reviews
• Support information flow between general accounting team, external auditors and other internal and external partners.
• Prepare balance sheet and income statement fluctuation analyses.
• Provide requested support to Tax and Financial Reporting and adhere to external reporting timelines.

5. Other
• Collaborate with other Home Office teams where required and appropriate.
• Strengthen and maintain relationships with both internal and external parties.
• Remain current on accounting and other regulatory changes impacting revenue
• Remain current on Restaurant and Retail industry-specific technologies and emerging trends.
• Prepare reports/analyses and participate in other projects as needed.

Skills & Experience 

  • BS/BA in Accounting or Finance required.
  • CPA or CPA track preferred.
  • 1-3 years of accounting experience in private and/or public accounting.
  • Experience in the restaurant and/or retail industries preferred.
  • Experience at Big 4 public accounting firm a plus.
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access) 

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Transit Discount Program
  • 401K Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Time Off Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Dining Program
  • Referral Bonus
  • Online Training Program
  • Career Development
  • Corporate Fitness Discount Programs
  • Choice of Global Cash Card or Direct Deposit

About Us

Beginning as a hot dog cart in New York City’s Madison Square Park, Shake Shack was created by Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and best-selling author of Setting the Table. Shack Fans lined up daily, making the cart a resounding success, and donating all proceeds back to the park beautification efforts.  A permanent stand was eventually built…and the rest is Shack history! With our roots in fine dining and giving back to the community, we are committed to high quality food served with a high level of hospitality. Our team members enjoy a positive work environment that is deeply committed to the philosophy they we "Stand for Something Good."

Shake Shack is an Equal Opportunity Employer 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), disability (mental and physical), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital, military and veteran status.

Our company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws.

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Benefits of Shake Shack

  • Paid Time Off
  • Teamwork Culture
  • Healthcare
  • 401K