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Boston, Massachusetts Full Time Posted: Friday, 17 February 2017
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Job Requisition ID: 3521

Senior Accountant

Job Requisition ID: 3521

This position offers the opportunity to assist management in accurate revenue reporting and deal review which accomplishes customer objectives while yielding desired economics and accounting outcomes.

  • Work closely with Management in reviewing significant sales contracts and reduce contract related issues to ensure proper revenue recognition for Riverside, Partnership/Distribution Agreements and Mid-Atlantic, Central and International sales regions. Review and document complex, multi-element sales contracts to support compliance with applicable authoritative literature.
  • Perform monthly analysis, revenue and deferred revenue journal entries and prepare monthly reconciliations and reporting.
  • Review and understand various state adoption contracts to ensure proper revenue recognition
  • Analyze and understand various service/product offerings and revenue streams to ensure proper revenue recognition and financial system set-up.
  • Develop, implement and maintain processes and procedures for accurate and timely revenue recognition for multiple revenue streams, including development of effective systems of internal controls over revenue reporting
  • Assist in providing audit support for revenue transactions
  • Assist implementation of new Revenue Standard ASC606
  • Prepare Ad hoc reporting and support special projects as required


  • Working knowledge of United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US-GAAP)
  • Working knowledge of ASC605-25, Revenue Recognition for Multiple Element Arrangements preferred
  • Knowledge of ASC 985-605 (formerly AICPA SOF 97-2) a plus
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting/Finance
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail and excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction from management
  • Detail oriented with excellent analytic skills and interest in identifying and fixing problems.
  • Ability to draw conclusions and recommend and implement changes to improve processes and mitigate risk.
  • Advanced Excel skills (Pivot tables, V-lookup).
  • Experience with SAP and a plus.
  • Experience with SOX 404/COSO framework a plus
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and work in a dynamic fast-paced environment
  • Ability to effectively use accounting knowledge to collaborate with varying levels of employees and management to drive sound business decisions

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company is a leading global provider of education solutions, delivering content, technology, services and media to more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide. The Company delivers its offerings to both educational institutions and consumers around the world. In the United States, it is the leading provider of kindergarten through twelfth grade, or K-12, educational content by market share. Furthermore, since 1832, it has published trade and reference materials, including adult and children's fiction and non-fiction books that have won industry awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, Newbery and Caldecott medals and National Book Award.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K-12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2/17/2017 12:30:12 PM

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