Manager of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting

  • Ancestry
  • Aug 30, 2021

Job Description

About Ancestry:
When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.

With more than 27+ billion digitized global historical records, 100 million family trees, and 18 million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.

The Manager of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting is a key member of the Ancestry Finance family and the Accounting leadership team. In this role, you will report to the Director of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting and will be an essential part of the company’s financial reporting and technical accounting processes.

You are the Company’s expert in U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting. You are respectful of the views of others, and you value constant learning and continuous improvement. You are an excellent communicator—especially when it comes to writing and presenting technical information in a clear and concise manner. You are willing and able to dive into the details without losing the big picture. You are organized, and you effectively manage cross-functional projects to critical deadlines. You care about the business and simply want to add value and have fun in a dynamic environment while surrounded by awesome people. 

What You'll Do:

  • Manage the timely and accurate preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
  • Support the quarterly earnings process by preparing earnings releases and by partnering with investor relations, FP&A, Legal, Treasury and others to prepare other materials (e.g. CEO/CFO scripts, Q&A, investor presentations).
  • Prepare materials for the quarterly Audit Committee meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Perform technical research on complex accounting issues and provide accounting consultation advice to business partners.
  • Monitor activity of the FASB, SEC and other authoritative bodies to identify the potential impact of new pronouncements, and draft comment letters to standard setters for applicable topics.
  • Perform technical research on complex transactions and other accounting issues and write technical accounting position papers.
  • Draft, update and review documentation regarding the Company’s accounting policies that ensure the operational efficiency while maintaining internal controls and compliance with US GAAP.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting, assist the Company in preparing and maintaining IPO readiness.
  • Be a key member in qualitative and quantitative analyses for quarterly, annual, and ad hoc reporting requirements.
  • Support the annual external audit and quarterly reviews.

  • Who You Are:

  • Total experience of minimum 6 years with a minimum of 3~4 years of experience directly related to SEC financial reporting and technical accounting; previous S-1 preparation/filing experience highly desired
  • Public accounting experience (Big 4 experience preferred) with integrated audits of SEC clients
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA certification
  • Thorough understanding of U.S. GAAP, a strong understanding of SEC reporting requirements, and capability of researching and applying both in a practical manner
  • Strong MS Office skills
  • WDesk, Oracle, and IBM Planning Analytics experience a plus

  • For information on our benefits, please visit our website at

    Additional Information:
    Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

    All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  

    Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.