Sr. Accountant - Revenue Accounting for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston, MA

Sr. Accountant - Revenue Accounting

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Boston, MA - Full time

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Boston, MA - Full time

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This position, reporting to the Director of Revenue Accounting, offers the opportunity to assist revenue team in accurate revenue reporting and 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 Central and Mid Atlantic sales regions. Review and document complex, multi-element sales contracts to support compliance with applicable authoritative literature.
  • Review transaction data, allocations, event triggers and calculations Revenue Management System for accurate and timely revenue recognition for multiple revenue streams
  • Assist in developing effective system of internal controls over revenue reporting
  • Prepare standard monthly journal entries, monthly reconciliations and assist with periodic closes schedules and revenue forecasts
  • Assist in providing audit support for revenue transactions
  • Support various special projects as required
  • Understand various service/product offerings to ensure proper revenue recognition
  • Prepare various ad hoc reports as requested

QUALIFICATIONSRequired Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting/Finance
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in Software/Technology industry or relevant revenue accounting experience/knowledge
  • Advanced Excel skills (Pivot tables, V-lookup)
  • Working knowledge of United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US-GAAP)
  • Knowledge of and experience with ASC 606, (formerly ASC 605-25)
  • Experience effectively using accounting knowledge to collaborate with varying levels of employees and management to drive sound business decisions

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with SAP and
  • Experience with RevStream a plus
  • 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
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and work in a dynamic fast-paced environment

Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.

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Experience Level

Senior Level

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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.

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