Staff Accountant

Posted by
Alter Eco
San Francisco, CA
Published 23 days ago

Who We Are

Alter Eco® is a chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed food company that takes indulgence to an entirely new level. Recognized as a registered Public Benefit Corporation and proudly listed as one of San Francisco’s ‘Best & Brightest’ places to work in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Alter Eco is dedicated to pioneering a full-circle approach to sustainability through regenerative agriculture, Fair Trade sourcing principles, carbon neutrality, and recyclable & compostable packaging. These principals are entwined with Alter Eco’s commitment to the highest quality ingredients and taste in all products. Our certified ‘green’ office is located in the heart of the Mission district in San Francisco. For more information, visit

 Position Summary

Alter Eco is seeking a highly motivated staff accountant that is organized, analytical, and collaborative to join our growing chocolate company that recognizes talent and effort. We move quickly as a team to drive company-wide initiatives; therefore, it is imperative to accurately focus on the details while being able to move at a fast pace. This person will be responsible for maintaining the general ledger and balance sheet reconciliations, AP and AR related responsibilities, and assisting the accounting team and others in other ad-hoc requests.

Essential Responsibilities      

  • Compose journal entries and conduct month end close processes
  • Prepare variance analysis for the balance sheet and income statement as part of month end close
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial statements
  • Prepare balance sheet account reconciliations as assigned
  • Upon request, take part in special projects and impromptu reporting in a manner that is useful and understandable
  • Review of AR aging and communicate with customers on past due invoices
  • Prepare checks for deposit
  • Prepare trade spend reports and ad-hoc trade analysis
  • Vendor management
  • Assist in supervising outsourced accounts payable
  • Develop/update documentation and training materials for existing policies and procedures for all areas of responsibility

Characteristics that will help you succeed in this role

  • Data oriented: You like to work analytically and make decisions based on data compiled.
  • Ambitious: You are someone who wants to excel in your career and get the most out of your life.
  • Curious: You want to know how things work and love to learn. You like to ask why?
  • Entrepreneurial: You enjoy identifying opportunities to create and/or improve processes. You are adaptable and can pivot quickly.
  • Passionate: You care about the environment and are hungry for new knowledge about food and sustainability and you actively seek it out.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years of accounting experience required. Prior inventory experience a plus
  • Team player with excellent customer service skills and strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage time, multiple priorities, and handle a high volume of work
  • Strong computer skills: Excel required (pivot tables, vlookups, etc.) and NetSuite (or similar) accounting system preferred
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Possesses desire for process improvement and problem solving



  • Exceptional – We cultivate a strong business by investing in exceptional people. We collaborate with integrity and efficiency to achieve our business goals. We take great care to offer exceptionally indulgent chocolate with clean ingredients. No shortcuts.
  • Commitment – We're committed to lead in sustainable business practices through good times and bad. We build and nurture partnerships to drive meaningful, holistic change for people and planet.
  • Origins – Our innovative culture is fed by our passion for food and where it comes from. We honor our origins -- from our activist roots, to the fields of the farmers, to the sharing of chocolate around our community table. 



Chocolate continues to be made at the expense of the people and planet that feed us. We acknowledge that the destruction of our planet worsens inequities in the food system, disproportionately hurting marginalized groups. 

We strive to conduct our business in a way that prioritizes social and environmental justice. We pay farmers above Fair Trade prices, fund community development, and support the transition to a sustainable agroforestry model, providing resilience to adapt to a changing climate. We foster a workplace culture that is committed to supporting each other and our mission to be the change we want to see in the world.   

The survival of our planet and food sources will rely on the restoration of our ecosystems and the elevation of marginalized communities.   

  1. Alter Eco will commit to improving our hiring and recruitment practices to ensure our employment opportunities are accessible and inclusive to marginalized groups from outside of our current industry network. 
  2. Alter Eco will expand access to our products across a diverse consumer base through alternative and inclusive distribution channels, brand messaging, media outlets, and brand partnerships.
  3. Alter Eco will contribute our volunteer time, monetary resources, and/or food products to support organizations working on the front lines of environmental and social justice for BIPOC communities.
  4. In our workplace, we commit to on-going education and fostering open spaces for honest conversations regarding justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


 Physical Demands and Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. This role may be required to lift up to 35lbs on occasion and will require a reasonable amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull and move boxes and product.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.


 This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

 All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills aptitudes and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities.

Who We Are

Alter Eco® is a chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed food company that takes indulgence to an entirely new level. Recognized as a registered Public Benefit Corporation and proudly listed as one of San Francisco’s ‘Best…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 11, 2021


San Francisco, CA, USA

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