Staff Accountant at Drift

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About Drift

Drift is the Conversational Marketing platform that combines chat, email, video, and automation to remove the friction from business buying. With Drift, you can start conversations with future customers now, on their terms -- not days later. There are over 50,000 businesses that use Drift today to generate more revenue, shrink sales cycles, and make buying easy. Our mission is to use conversations to make business buying frictionless, more enjoyable, and more human.


About the role 

An outstanding opportunity to join one of the fastest growing technology companies in Boston in an experienced finance role that will allow you to be exposed to various parts of the business as we continue to scale the Company and expand and develop the finance organization as an important part of that growth.


About you:

You will be strongly customer centric and passionate about making a difference in your role. You will be a self-starter, self-motivated, able to think independently and at the same time want to continue to learn and develop your skill set. You will be a thinker and problem solver. You will be a team player, able to work across different departments and different management levels and focused on solving business and financial challenges.


What you’ll be doing:

  • You will be joining a small and dynamic finance team, reporting to the Controller, on the larger Company Success Team.
  • You will be responsible for the preparation, processing, and reconciliation of semi-monthly and bi-weekly payroll for 300+ US employees, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
  • You will be responsible for reviewing and updating payroll profiles for employee changes, new hires and terminations.
  • You will act as the Drift organization’s Ultimate (UltiPro) subject matter expert, staying apprised of new system updates, providing training and guidance to new and existing team members, and contributing to ongoing integrations, etc.
  • You will be responsible for generating and distributing required internal payroll reports on a scheduled basis (semi-monthly, quarter end), and prepare information for external audits.
  • You will be responsible for reviewing and reconciling 401(k), HSA, FSA and other benefit reporting.
  • You will be responsible for maintaining benefit reconciliation procedures to ensure all benefit invoices match to our active benefit enrollments for payments.
  • You will be the primary contact for employees’ payroll questions and issues.
  • You will assist the preparation of year-end reports and W2 forms.
  • You will adherence to federal, state and local tax laws, and resolves state payroll tax filing/registration matters.
  • You will be responsible for creating and record journal entries to the general ledger (NetSuite)
  • You will be responsible for the mapping and entering of accounts payable vendor invoices into the general ledger (NetSuite) and for processing expense reports as necessary.
  • You will be responsible for initial vendor onboarding involving collecting W-9 and banking information and creating a new record in NetSuite.
  • You will be responsible for the equity administration of employee stock options in Carta as needed.
  • You will assist with the coordination with external accountants for regular audits and year-end reporting.
  • You will provide accounting support for special projects and ad-hoc reporting and analysis as necessary.
  • You will own the cross-functional business partnership with People Operations department owners.
  • You’ll have the opportunity of a lifetime to help build a dynamic global company.


About you and what type of skills you’ll need:

  • 2-4 years of accounting experience within a SaaS technology organization
  • Payroll Tax knowledge a plus
  • Experience in high growth companies and comfortable working in a fast-paced team with changing priorities
  • Consistently positive attitude
  • Reliable and very detail oriented
  • Independent / flexible problem-solver with the ability to adapt as the business grows.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to interact with various levels of management and build influential relationships with partners in the business.
  • Tech savvy and eagerness to learn new technology and practices
  • Knowledge and experience with Ultimate (UltiPro), Carta, NetSuite, Carta a plus


Drift is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. 


We know that applying for a new job can be intimidating. But guess what? At Drift, there is no such thing as a “ideal candidate.” We believe in the power of teamwork -- and in the desire to learn something new every day. We believe in hiring people, not just skills. Take it from our CEO

If this sounds like a company you would like to join and a role you would thrive in, please don’t hold back from applying! Whatever skills you bring to the table or background you’re coming from, we welcome you to start a conversation with us. We need your unique perspective for our continued innovation and success. We’re looking forward to learning more about you!

Drift is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at [email protected] 




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Right in the heart of Back Bay 🙏

An Insider's view of Drift

What are some social events your company does?

Every summer we take a few days as a team and head to Western Massachusetts for Camp Drift! Camp is an amazing weekend where we take a moment to celebrate what we have accomplished, and set goals for the coming year.


Public Relations

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I feel really lucky because I get to work with the Sales, Customer Success, Product, and Ops team on a regular basis. We say "One team, one dream" un-ironically and are always willing to hop into anything that benefits the customer.


Conversational Marketing Specialist

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our leadership principles are the core of who we are and how we operate every day. Bringing these in to your actions, decisions, and how you deliver results is the surest way to be successful here. Walk the talk. Focus on the customer. Deliver results every single day.


Director of Learning and Development

What is your vision for the company?

Today, all of our lives run in real-time. As a result, our expectations for how we communicate with businesses have changed: we expect answers in real-time too. Customers have all of the power today, and that’s why we put a premium on how we’re treated. Businesses need to adapt to this shift in order to thrive today, and that’s what we focus on.


CEO, Co-Founder

What’s the vibe like in the office?

High-energy! From sales, to marketing, to customer success and beyond everyone rallies around one common goal which is putting the customer first. End of month is always exciting for this reason.


Customer Success Manager

What are Drift Perks + Benefits

Drift Benefits Overview

Our employees are our greatest asset. To take care of you and your family we offer an extensive employee benefit plan. On top of comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans, we also offer generous PTO, parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers, 401K matching, wellness perks and discounts, free lunch, snacks and coffee every day, the Drift book club (one free book of your choosing a month!), a mentor series, and more.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Every other week Inner City Weightlifting comes to the office to teach a fitness class to Drift employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
After working at Drift for three years, all Drift employees are eligible for a month-long sabbatical.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within
Mentorship program
We believe in the power of mentorship and regularly bring external guests into our office to teach us.
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