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Shift is an online marketplace for buying and selling used cars

Director of Accounting

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About SHIFT
We believe car buying should be fun, fair, and accessible to everyone. We’ve set out to transform an industry, using technology to bring transparency and convenience to the car buying process.

And we aren’t stopping there. We seek to bring that same openness and simplicity to car ownership too, with payments, maintenance, and insurance in one easy app. At SHIFT, we’re building the tools that empower people to buy, own, and sell the cars that make life go.

The Director of Corporate Accounting is a newly created position and it represents a unique opportunity for an individual to provide thought leadership in the development of strong dealership accounting practices in a fast growing online used-car business model. The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking senior accounting professional with automotive industry background, preferably multi-location, and with a track record of driving scalable process and systems improvements. The Director of Corporate Accounting will manage the Document Operations Team, partner with the offshore Transaction Team and report to the Head of Accounting & Transaction Management.


What you'll do
* Manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the Document Operations Team on all buy/sell related processes and ensure high level compliance related to DMV registrations and sales taxes to complete the transactions
* Oversee the shared service requirements for vehicle registration processes in new markets
* Work with Offshore Accounting Team to ensure proper accounting of DMV registration fees and F&I (Finance and Insurance) revenue
* Manage the operational cash/banking responsibilities
* Partner with Corporate Accounting and FP&A teams on month-end close processes and financial reporting
* Develop and implement dealership accounting policies and ensure full compliance
* Identify areas for improvement and proactively implement scalable process and systems improvements
* Develop and produce monthly KPI reports to measure operational efficiencies for document operations function
* Participate in strategic initiatives and assist with other ad hoc projects
* Manage a department of 8+ team members including objective setting and performance evaluations

What we're looking for
* Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field
* Ten plus years of progressive management experience
* Active CPA preferred
* Automotive industry experience preferred
* Demonstrated ability to form, lead and develop high-performing teams
* Highly-developed organizational and follow-through skills, and the ability to manage competing prioritiesA positive customer service attitude
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with all levels throughout the company

On diversity
Our company depends on balance and equality — between buyers and sellers, among employees, and in our relationships with customers.

Our mission to evolve car ownership and transform an industry is a challenging one. It can only be achieved by a team of diverse problem-solvers — engineers, designers, business people — from the same broad demographics as our customers.

Why join now?
We’ve built a small but highly talented team backed by >$275 million in funding from investors like DFJ, Goldman Sachs, BMW, and Nissan. In October 2018 we announced a deep partnership and a $140m round led by the third largest auto retailer in the US, Lithia Motors. With strong product-market fit and a great business in California, the next two years will be focused on scaling the business nationally.

SHIFT is the Bay Area’s #1 seller of used cars with $150 million in cars sold per year. We’re serving most of California and are gearing up to scale to new markets. With a solid business model and no clear winner in our space yet, this is a hugely exciting time to join the team.

SHIFT is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.