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Staff Accountant



Accounting & Finance
United States · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

KAYAK, part of Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG), is the world’s leading travel search engine. With billions of queries across our platforms, we help people find their perfect flight, stay, rental car, cruise, or vacation package. We’re also transforming the in-travel experience with our app and new accommodation software. For more information, visit

As an employee of KAYAK, you will be part of a global network that includes OpenTable and KAYAK's portfolio of metasearch brands including Swoodoo, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined. Many employees are dedicated to one brand, but we all have the benefit of using each others strengths and insights. Together, we're able to help people experience the world through dining and travel.

About this role:

This position will report directly to the Associate Manager of Technical and Global Accounting.

We are looking for a Staff Accountant to support the Technical and Global Accounting process at KAYAK/OpenTable. The Staff Accountant is responsible for many aspects of general ledger-related activities, such as: proper application of US GAAP in sophisticated accounting areas, recording accounting transactions (monthly, quarterly, annual), performing balance sheet account reconciliations and account analysis, using knowledge of US GAAP in applying critical thinking to processes and transactions, and assistance in technical accounting research. We are looking for someone who is a strong communicator and is looking for an opportunity to deepen their accounting knowledge.

The successful candidate should 1) love numbers! 2) possess a learning and growth mindset who continues to challenge status quo and improve processes, and 3) be an exceptional teammate who appreciates the differences people bring and accepts the diversity others bring in a global organization.

This position is expected to work closely with regional G/L accounting teams in EMEA and APAC, FP&A, IT and Engineering, the Real Estate Team and other teams based on ad-hoc projects.

In this role, you will:

  • Prepare accounting entries and account reconciliations for assigned accounts, primarily relating to areas such as capitalized development, loyalty programs, marketing, leases.
  • Has an understanding of the accounting and application of GAAP for their areas and identifies when additional research is needed (new agreements or new factors).
  • Assist in research and propose resolution for discrepancies or identified issues, questions or new situations.
  • Assist in the preparation of summaries or commentary of changes or fluctuations for their areas for senior management and reviews.
  • Assists in quarterly and annual audit inquiries.
  • Work together and support Accounting Managers in various accounting projects and global process alignment and improvement initiatives.
  • Work cross-functionally with and support our business partners by providing financial insights and relevant reporting.
  • Assist with the development, maintenance and documentation of all policies and procedures related to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Identify areas for operational improvement, provide recommendations and execute on the changes.
  • Deliver on ad-hoc projects / deliverables as necessary.

Please apply if:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Accounting or Finance (CPA preferred).
  • 2-3 years of applicable professional experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be comfortable working through competing priorities and excited to actively participate in projects to standardize and improve processes.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (vlookup, pivot tables, etc.).
  • Experience with preparing accounting reconciliations and journal entries.
  • You are curious to learn more about and assist in technical accounting research.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and timely, and present issues in a clear and effective manner.
  • Ability to optimally liaise and connect with cross-functional teams.
  • Solution focused with the ability to prioritize in order to meet deadlines.
  • High work standards and strong work ethics.
  • Process-oriented with high attention to detail, accuracy, and follow-through.
  • Experience with accounting software such as NetSuite is a plus.


  • Generous paid vacation
  • Day off on your birthday
  • Company matched retirement plans
  • Health, dental and vision insurance plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Headspace Subscription
  • Drinks, coffee, snacks, games etc.
  • Weekly Catered Lunches
  • Free massages from professional massage therapists
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave

Note for Connecticut Residents: To receive estimated salary range information for this role pursuant to Connecticut's "An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Salary Range for a Vacant Position", email You must include the name of the position in your request.

There are a variety of factors that go into determining a salary range, including but not limited to external market benchmark data, geographic location, and years of experience sought/required. The range for this United States located role is $69,000 - $86,000.

In addition to a competitive base salary, roles are eligible for additional compensation and benefits including: annual cash bonus; health benefits; flexible spending account; retirement benefits; life insurance; paid time off (including PTO, paid sick leave, medical leave, bereavement leave, floating holidays and paid holidays); and parental leave and benefits.

Diversity and Inclusion

We aspire to have a workplace that reflects all of the diverse communities we serve. We know that when we have diverse teams we produce more creative ideas, products, and better outcomes for our team members. OpenTable/KAYAK is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for roles on our team. Whoever you are, just be you.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform job responsibilities, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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