Sr. Accounts Receivable Accountant - Santa Clara - job 635369

Palo Alto Networks

Date: 02/22/2021

City: Santa Clara, California

Employment type: Full-time

Company Description

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks®, everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish — but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

Job Description

Your Career

Palo Alto Networks is looking for a highly motivated Senior Accounts Receivable Accountant who is excited to join a high growth Company. The ideal candidate must possess strong critical thinking and communication skills. This person will perform accounts receivable close activities, contribute to drive external and internal customer service quality, and accounts receivable process efficiencies while working with key stakeholders, support initiatives, and participate in process improvements in a fast-paced environment. The position requires a hands-on person who is flexible, solutions-oriented and works well under pressure.

Your Impact

  • Support monthly accounts receivable accounting close procedures, including preparation or review of journal entries, and reconciliations.

  • Partner cross-functionally with Credit and Collections, Operations, Sales, Tax and IT departments to resolve accounts receivable matters

  • Review debit and credit memos

  • Review customer purchase orders / contracts for billing terms 

  • Resolve invoice disputes and other billing inquiries from customers

  • Review manual subsidiary invoices prepared by the team

  • Monitor non-standard billings and ensure proper invoicing

  • Review order upload templates for SAP order creation to support post-acquisition billings of acquired companies

  • Support accounts receivable related system implementations and perform or review user acceptance testing

  • Prepare schedules to support external audit and internal team deliverables

  • Perform accounts receivable analytics and trends for month end and quarterly reporting 

  • Assist with special projects and ad hoc requests as needed

  • Ensure compliance with SOX 404 key controls

  • Identify and collaborate on solutions for accounts receivable process deficiencies

  • Partner with cross-functional business partners and third parties to implement best practices, automation, and continuous process improvements



Your Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance or equivalent

  • Minimum 4+ years experience 

  • Experience with close processes, journal entry preparation, and account reconciliations

  • Critical thinker with a risk-based approach mindset and strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to build relationships across multiple functions and implement new processes

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage competing priorities and execute with accuracy and efficiency

  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills required

  • Proficiency in Google Suite a plus

  • Experience with SAP ERP, Blackline Clarizen, Concur, HighRadius, Salesforce are a plus

  • Experience with high technology clients in the Hardware, Software and/or SaaS space a plus

Additional Information

Your Team

Our Accounts Receivable team responds to external and internal requests daily, supports non-standard transactions and works cross-functionally with key stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a keen eye for detail, high level of accuracy, resourceful, organizational and time management skills. We partner closely with credit and collections, order fulfillment, revenue, and other operational stakeholders to ensure proper billings and provide solutions to our customers’ needs. If you have a passion for customer service, want to enhance your accounts receivable experience, and seek to be part of a team that is solving challenging problems – this is it.

Our Commitment 

We’re trailblazers who dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: We can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at [email protected]. 

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.



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