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Rakuten Kobo Inc.
00012043 Requisition #

Financial Accountant

The Company:

Here at Rakuten Kobo Inc. we offer a casual working start-up environment and a group of friendly and talented individuals. Our employees rank us highly in terms of commitment to work / life balance. We realize that for our people to be innovative, creative and passionate they need to have healthy minds and bodies. With that in mind, we offer one of the best group benefits plans as well as gym discounts and a personal fitness budget. We hold an annual Wellness Day, host Lunch and Learns to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide fresh fruit daily and other healthy snacks. Teams love our Pooch program and say "dogs in the office make everything better".

Booklovers are thrilled to see that we offer employees a free device upon joining.  We encourage reading time as well as host frequent Lunch and Learn Author Series.

We believe in rewarding all our employees with competitive salaries, performance based annual bonuses, stock options and training opportunities.  For our growing Kobo families, we offer a maternity/paternity leave top up, as well as time off for the non-child bearing parent.


The Role:

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is looking for a Financial Accountant to join our Finance team! The team is an energetic and dedicated group of professionals that are highly involved in all facets of the business through the delivery of exceptional stakeholder value.

Reporting to Controller, the Financial Accountant plays a vital role in overseeing Kobo’s treasury and supporting financial accounting functions and fiscal governance. The Financial accountant will closely monitor cashflows across various entities and keep abreast of current market and foreign exchange trends to mitigate foreign exchange risk. Along side this oversight, the financial accountant will be responsible for supporting the controller in general accounting processes, month-end close procedures, and financial reporting.


The Person:

This person will need a keen sense of attention to detail, have great interpersonal skills, adapt, learn quickly, and be able to work under strict and tight deadlines. An eagerness to want to improve and drive results is expected. The role is an integral part of our operations, which makes the responsibilities crucial to the monthly planning, financial reporting, and fiscal governance.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Financial accounting and period end close administration
  • Assist Controller with global audits & corporate tax filings

·        Provide support in the areas of tax planning & corporate restructuring

  • Understand, manage, and supervise all aspects of cash flows including the development and maintenance of a worldwide cash flow forecasting model & weekly cash flow reporting
  • Maintain, update and communicate impacts of foreign exchange movements & implement strategies to mitigate any FX risk
  • Processing treasury related journals at month-end and reconciling all cash related accounts
  • Reconcile, validate and manage bank and processing fees

·        Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls.

  • Manage relationships with financial service providers, and maintain all bank account documentation in accordance with corporate policies

     Overall responsibility for accounting of fixed assets

     Review, analyze and filing of Sales and Use Taxes in the US

     Journal Entries and Critical Reconciliations are a key component of this role


The Skillset:


  • Post-secondary degree in accounting, finance or equivalent preferred
  • Prior experience in cash management including cash flow forecasting is an asset
  • 2+ years’ experience in full cycle accounting
  • Highly analytical and profound attention to detail
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to build complex models in excel
  • Candidates should be professional, energetic and very detailed oriented Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and process oriented
  • Personable, team player with a “can do” attitude


To Learn More About Kobo:

·        Go to the site: http://www.kobo.com

·        Get the behind-the-scenes look: http://news.kobo.com

·        Follow us on Twitter @: http://twitter.com/kobo

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request.  Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Rakuten Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role however only qualified candidates will be shortlisted.


About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including the Kobo Clara HD, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading and audiobook listening app for iOS® and Android®. Kobo’s award-winning eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

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