Senior Accountant in Bellevue, Washington at Sea-Bird Electronics

Date Posted: 7/6/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: SEA000237

About Us

Sea-Bird Scientific was formed in 2010 by the union of Sea-Bird Electronics (Bellevue, WA), WET Labs (Philomath, OR) and Satlantic (Halifax, NS) (wholly owned subsidiaries of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)). Through the combination of the Sea-Bird Electronics, WET Labs and Satlantic product lines, Sea-Bird Scientific is the world’s leading provider of advanced technology for oceanographic research. The Sea-Bird Scientific group of company’s design, manufacture and market oceanographic instrumentation and systems that enable the world’s leading scientists to push the boundaries of ocean knowledge. Sea-Bird Scientific works with a global network of international representatives and partners to serve customers in more than 30 countries around the world. Our dedicated team is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of serving the world’s oceanographic community with leading edge technology and solutions. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at one of the Sea-Bird Scientific Company’s locations gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.

Sea-Bird Electronics is an EEO / AA employer.  Sea-Bird Electronics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Purpose of Position

The Senior Accountant will be responsible for general ledger and transactional activities, with a focus on accuracy and process improvements. This position will also be responsible for the monthly financial close process including preparation of journal entries, monthly audits, and reconciliations. This position will support and provide documentation for internal/external audit inquiries; assist in making process improvements/accounting changes; and provide on-going support for various finance teams. This position performs back-up responsibilities as required within the General Accounting Group. The position will report to the Controller. 

Essential Functions

  • Compile financial information and prepare and/or review necessary journal entries for properly stated financial statements in accordance with GAAP and company policy.

  • Monthly closing for Group Reporting under US GAAP and responsibility for the monthly closing package and ensure that all financial reporting deadlines are met.

  • Perform the monthly balance sheet reconciliations and resolve errors, discrepancies within accounts.

  • Provide audit support during external, internal and SOX audit activities, as required.

  • Analyze month end and quarter end accrual balances to determine appropriate reserves in accordance with GAAP and company policy.

  • Maintain fixed asset sub-ledger and prepare book and tax depreciation entries for all assets.

  • Import and Export payroll data and reconcile payroll accounts.

  • Responsible for Cash Management including the bank reconciliations.

  • Accounts Receivables Back-up tasks: supports billing functions including preparation, posting and distribution of invoices.

  • Responsible for the performance of the intercompany reconciliations and settlement of outstanding balances.

  • Documentation of accounting processes, for example closing check list, reconciliation process etc.

  • Identify productivity improvements to increase efficiency and accuracy.

  • Acts as a resource in the training of other team members; provide back-up support as needed

  • Perform additional tasks as assigned.

  • Perform ad-hoc reporting, as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA preferred.
  • Minimum 8+ years of professional accounting experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Public audit experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Oracle ERP System a huge plus.
  • Working knowledge of GAAP and SOX.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and do what it takes to meet deadlines.
  • Position will require working on weekend during month-end close.
  • Detail and deadline oriented with strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.