Senior Accountant in University Park, FL at First Watch

Date Posted: 2/8/2021

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    8027 Cooper Creek Boulevard
    University Park, FL
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    Not Specified
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  • Restaurant
    •First Watch Corporate Office

Job Description

I.\tThe Company

First Watch specializes in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like the fan-favorite Chickichanga®, and Quinoa Power Bowls. First Watch was recognized as one of TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurant Chains for 2019, one of Business Intelligence Group’s Best Places to Work in 2018 and as one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2017 Second 100 restaurant brands. First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the United States with more than 400 restaurants in 29 states and additional units under development as part of the Sarasota, Florida based company’s aggressive growth strategy. For more information, visit

II.\t Job Summary

The Senior Accountant will support a variety of accounting functions with a primary focus on lease accounting, sales, use and property taxes across the organization -- including numerous state and local jurisdictions - and assisting with account reconciliations and month-end close to support the integrity of financial statements in accordance with US GAAP. This position will also provide technical accounting support and assist the team in preparing for the Company’s external audits.

III.\t Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this position’s duties and responsibilities.
•Knowledge of U.S. GAAP, specifically Leases, ASC 842;
•Ensuring compliance with ASC 842 as new leases and amendments are executed
•Perform accounting for and manage the timely and accurate filing of, sales & use and property taxes
•Understand changes in sales tax and property tax legislation
•Facilitate any sales and property tax audits
•Support the timely completion of month-end close process and reconciliations in compliance with U.S. GAAP
•Work effectively and alongside third-party service providers (consultants, auditors)
•Maintain a strong internal control environment
•Work collaboratively with other Corporate functions (Development, Operations, Finance)
•Implement and develop solutions to drive efficiencies
•Lead and support other accounting related projects and functions as assigned
•Adhere to Company policies and procedures

IV.\tReporting Structure

The Senior Accountant will report directly to the Director of Accounting and provide technical accounting support to the Accounting team. This position does not currently have any direct supervisory responsibility.

V.\t Qualifications

•Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Accounting/Finance and CPA license required; Master’s degree is a plus
•Minimum 4-7 years of progressive accounting experience,
•Excellent understanding of GAAP and relevant financial accounting regulations, specifically lease accounting (Leases, ASC 842)
•Knowledge/exposure to sales and use tax, property tax and income tax
•Experience within the retail, restaurant, or similar industry that includes multiple locations in various tax jurisdictions
•Experience with and understanding of SEC rules a plus
•Experience with external auditors
•Advanced Microsoft Excel skills required
•Previous experience with Great Plains a plus
•Public Accounting experience strongly preferred

VI.\tOther Key Qualifications

•Strong analytical skills; demonstrates a probing mind; thinks independently
•Dependable, flexible and professional demeanor
•Strong sense of integrity, responsibility and accountability
•Highly organized, self-motivated and deadline driven
•Ability to manipulate large amounts of data
•High attention to detail and accuracy
•Able to multi-task, balance priorities and meet competing deadlines with limited supervision
•Able to communicate clearly in both written and verbal correspondence
•Ability to work effectively & collaborate with people at all levels of the organization; strong interpersonal skills; likeable, but fair; deals honestly with people
•Able to build strong relationships with internal and external business partners
•Enthusiastic role model with ability to pass knowledge to staff
•Takes ownership of assigned areas
•Bring a hands-on style and ability to prioritize and deliver results in a fast-moving company

VII.\tAdditional Physical Requirements

•Must be able to continuously see, view computer monitors, give & receive oral communication
•Must be able to do repetitive simple grasping, fine manipulation, and pushing & pulling on a frequent basis
•Must be flexible and willing to work a varied schedule as dictated by the needs of the business

Additional Info:
First Watch is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, First Watch will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.