Director of Accounting



Accounting & Finance
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023

Maev is a wellness brand reimagining daily nutrition for dogs. Our first product reinvents dog food -- what it looks like, how it’s made, and who it’s designed for. We’re a team of entrepreneurs, consumer culture fanatics, and food enthusiasts who are obsessed with design and radical innovation in this old industry. We’re a small team, passionate about building a meaningful brand, changing the way we nourish our beloved pets, and supporting others on our close-knit team of good people. But, there's a lot more work to be done, and we're excited to be growing a team of motivated humans that are up for the challenge.

With over 90 million dogs in the US, strong industry CAGR, an increased focus on nutrition, and traditional kibble losing market share due to lack of brand loyalty and poor quality, Maev is incredibly well-positioned to combine these strong industry tailwinds with a brand anchored in quality, transparency and emotional connection.

The Director of Accounting requires someone who is highly analytical, detail-oriented and excited to work in a high-growth, dynamic environment. This role is designated to elevate and build our Accounting team, in order to ensure processes and controls keep up with the growth of our business.

Our Director of Accounting will establish and drive the overall direction and strategic initiatives of the Accounting team. The candidate will partner within all levels and areas of the Finance and Accounting team as well as with various stakeholders across the company and with key external relationships. This role will report to our Vice President of Finance and collaborate closely with our senior leadership team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for building in a dynamic, start-up environment and will be intrinsically motivated.

The ideal candidate is someone who is a natural leader, extremely data and process driven, both overly-communicative and an expert at communicating complex information concisely. They work well independently, are a strong team player, and love feedback culture. They should be comfortable asking for help, asking questions, and are excited to join the startup journey.

Strategize, design, implement and maintain effective accounting policies (US GAAP) and procedures.
Provide technical accounting guidance on key accounting policies (revenue accounting, inventory accounting, capitalization policy, accruals, etc.) and maintain the pulse of upcoming accounting regulations.
Own and optimize the monthly financial close process, ensuring accuracy and adhering to strict timelines.
Own cost accounting and inventory reporting through our inventory management system in partnership with our Supply Chain team, with a focus on continuous improvement.
Closely collaborate with the Vice President of Finance to support budgeting, forecasting and financial planning cycles that drive our strategy.
Lead our Treasury, Accounts Payable and Payroll functions to enhance workflows, improving financial reporting and operations.
Lead our near-term cash forecasting and coordinate with the Vice President of Finance on our capital allocation strategy.

Compile and analyze financial reporting packages for our senior leadership team.
Ensure the business is compliant with all tax regulations.
Interface with various external parties including tax advisors, commercial banks, insurance companies, tech consultants, etc.
Originate and lead all Finance and Accounting tech stack updates and systems onboarding in close partnership with key stakeholders in order to drive productivity.
Advocate for the Finance and Accounting team within other areas of the company for such needs as process and systems improvements, data integrity and timelines.
Develop, implement and enforce Internal Controls across the company, including a delegation of authority, T&E management, and expense policies.

7+ years of experience in addition to a CPA, independently managing accounting processes.
Accounting Manager or Assistant Controller related experience with consumer products in e-commerce, direct-to-consumer and/or CPG.
Successfully managed to complete an independent financial audit.
Strong US GAAP and financial reporting skills.
Strong cost accounting knowledge and reporting of physical inventory.
Excited to grow a function in a startup environment and comfortable working in a remote setting.
Strong time-management and people skills, flexibility, and multitasking ability.
You are knowledgeable in all things QuickBooks, MS Office and Google Suite.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Impeccable analytical and organizational skills.
Self-motivated and self-directed.
Ability to work closely with the senior leadership team.
Public accounting experience is highly preferred.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance, Master's Degree a plus.

About You
You embody ownership and execution at all levels.
You have a no compromises approach to the quality of your work and are a team player.
You are energized by difficult and ambiguous problem spaces.
You take on obstacles with determination and excitement.
You pride yourself on personally making an impact on a business’ trajectory.
Your past employers and teammates will say, “[insert your name] will be the most impactful hire you ever make.”
You can manage up and self identify
Lastly, and most importantly, you are insatiably curious, kind and empathic. Your worldview is not insular, but expansive. You are ready to do something meaningful and impactful. And above all, you love to learn and get things done.