Staff Accountant in Bradenton, FL at First Watch

Date Posted: 12/28/2021

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    8725 Pendery Place
    Bradenton, FL
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
  • Restaurant
    *First Watch Corporate Office

Job Description

Job Summary

The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for certain month-end, quarter end and year-end reconciliation and closing processes, ensuring transactions are adequately supported and accounted for in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Staff Accountant will be responsible for performing income statement analytics. This position will also support the external audit and perform special projects as needed.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this position’s duties and responsibilities. Reliable and dependable attendance is required.

  • Working knowledge of U.S. GAAP
  • Prepare detailed reconciliations of certain balance sheet accounts (third-party accounts receivable, inventory, utilities and others as deemed necessary)
  • Prepare accounting-related journal entries to assigned areas of work
  • Analyze accounting problems and arrive at workable solutions. Evaluate information, identify key issues that need to be addressed and develop courses of action that effectively address the issue at hand
  • Manage assigned projects by prioritizing work to meet established deadlines, ensuring that accounting objectives are accomplished and keeping Accounting Manager informed of project status and issues
  • Preparation of supporting data for external auditors
  • Maintain a strong internal control environment
  • Work effectively and alongside third-party service providers (consultants, auditors)
  • Work collaboratively with other Corporate functions (Development, Operations, Finance)
  • Implement and develop solutions to drive accounting efficiencies
  • Support other accounting related projects and functions as assigned
  • Adhere to Company policies and procedures


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance. Master’s degree and CPA is a plus
  • 3+ years of full-time experience in accounting
  • Demonstrated understanding of US GAAP
  • Ability to handle multiple, concurrent assignments
  • Experience within the retail, restaurant, or similar industry that includes multiple locations in various states
  • Experience with and understanding of SEC rules a plus
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills required
  • Previous experience with Great Plains and Blackline a plus
  • Public Accounting experience strongly preferred

Preferred 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
  • Ability to prioritize and deliver results in a fast-moving company

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.

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