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Staff Accountant



Accounting & Finance
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 129 million registered learners as of June 30, 2023.

Coursera partners with over 300 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

Join us in our mission to create a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life through access to education. We're seeking talented individuals who share our passion and drive to revolutionize the way the world learns.

We at Coursera are committed to building a globally diverse team and are thrilled to extend employment opportunities to individuals in any country where we have a legal entity. We require candidates to possess eligible working rights and have a compatible timezone overlap with their team to facilitate seamless collaboration. As a remote-first company, our interviews and onboarding are entirely virtual, providing a smooth and efficient experience for our candidates.

Job Overview:

Financial management is crucial to the performance and success of any company. The roles and responsibilities of the Coursera Finance team include accounting, financial reporting, analysis, planning, budgeting, and compliance. Problem solvers at heart, this team works to fuel Coursera’s growth by developing creative solutions in response to accounting and finance challenges.

Coursera is seeking an experienced staff accountant to join our growing Finance team. The Staff Accountant will be responsible for general ledger functions, including month end close, journal entries, reconciliations, and flux analysis. The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented professional who multi-tasks well and can handle shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment.


  • Assist in month-end close activities, including preparing journal entries and account reconciliations in areas such as cash, marketable securities, prepaids, accruals, and fixed assets.
  • Contribute to our monthly flux analysis and provide variance analysis for expense accounts, as well as perform analytical review of the quarterly Balance Sheet and Income Statement.
  • Support continuous improvement and scaling of our financial accounting processes, including implementation of systems and automation of workflows to optimize efficiency and standardization.
  • Assist in documentation of internal controls for relevant processes to ensure adherence to company policies and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations.
  • Collaborate with external auditors and assist with preparation of audit schedules.
  • Contribute to other special projects and initiatives as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related area of study.
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting principles.
  • Experience working in a Financial ERP system.
  • Intermediate Excel skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA, ACA or ACCA or equivalent designation, and experience in a growing SaaS company are a plus.
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills and a high level of attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently, cross-functionally and collaboratively.
  • Organized and able to work in a fast paced and deadline driven environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Values collaboration and contributing to the shared goals and success of the team and company.

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Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.
If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please contact us at accommodations@coursera.org.
For California Candidates, please review our CCPA Applicant Notice here.
For our Global Candidates, please review our GDPR Recruitment Notice here.