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Senior Manager, Technical Accounting

Senior Manager, Technical Accounting

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What We're Looking For

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join and help grow our top notch accounting team. The ideal candidate should be a proactive self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and efficiently, and must be able to balance delivering exceptional performance in a fun, energetic and entrepreneurial environment.

The Senior Manager, Technical Accounting will report to the Senior Director, External Reporting and be primarily responsible for performing technical accounting research, reviewing the Company’s contracts and transactions, writing accounting position memoranda, creating accounting models and interacting with external auditors, while ensuring compliance with U.S. GAAP and SEC regulations.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To

  • Primarily responsible for performing all technical accounting research related to complex accounting matters and documenting the Company’s positions and comprehensive accounting treatment in memoranda.
  • Review new contracts to determine appropriate accounting treatment.
  • Monitor new FASB pronouncements and SEC developments for applicability.
  • Take a leading role in the implementation of major new accounting standards such as ASC 606 (revenue recognition) and ASC 842 (leases).
  • Interact with external auditors to support the Company’s accounting positions and facilitate an efficient audit and review process.
  • Support SEC reporting efforts by ensuring adequacy of Form 10-K, 10-Q and other SEC filing disclosures.
  • Clearly articulate and educate team members in finance and other departments with respect to the impact of adopted accounting policies, new standards and other technical matters.
  • Assist and contribute to the development of existing accounting policies, procedures and methodologies, with a focus on process improvement.
  • Concisely and thoroughly summarize and present accounting conclusions to the accounting group and senior management.
  • Be responsible for special projects and other departmental duties as necessary.

Things That Should Be in Your Background

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required.
  • Active CPA license required.
  • Experience performing technical accounting research and applying guidance to transactions.
  • Experience writing technical accounting memoranda/position papers.
  • 8+ years of accounting experience required (Big 4/public accounting background preferred).
  • Possess deep and broad U.S. GAAP knowledge base.
  • Experience in service-based industry preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Tech-savvy and experience using all MS Office applications; strong knowledge of Excel required.

Other Attributes That Will Help You in This Role

  • Demonstrate strong organization skills and the capacity to multi-task.
  • Problem solving and strategizing capabilities.
  • Exhibit intuition and awareness to seek clarification as needed to deliver results.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to research, synthesize information, formulate conclusions and document them in a thorough, yet concise manner.
  • Display enthusiasm and desire to work in a fast-paced, rapid growth environment.

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)
2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. Our Platform, a fusion services and technology, enables schools to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students around the world. Our company culture is united by our No Back Row® philosophy; the idea that when we each lean in and do our part, we are better individually and collectively.


2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement
At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same.


Why It’s Great to Work at 2U
2U offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with snacks and seltzer.


2U offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life insurance, disability and 401(k)
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Generous paid leave policies including a PTO allowance for your vacation, personal, or sick days
  • Additional time off benefits include:
    • time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations
    • parental leave after 12 months of employment
    • holidays that include a winter break from Christmas through New Year and more!
  • Tuition reimbursement program


EEO statement:
2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay and dismissal.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.