Rackspace Senior Accountant, Accounting Research and Policy in San Antonio, Texas

Overview & Responsibilities

The Senior, Accounting Research & Policy will participate in researching and documenting technical accounting analyses and disclosure requirements of complex transactions, documenting and maintaining accounting policies, and monitoring and implementing new accounting standards. A successful candidate will have an ability to thrive in an environment of rapid change, work effectively within cross-functional teams, be highly resourceful, willing to learn, able to deliver strong results, and possess a strong set of communication and analytical skills.

Primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Assist with technical accounting research and prepare accounting documentation on a variety of technical accounting concepts, including business combinations, internal-use software cost capitalization, and leasing.

  • Responsible for remaining current on and documenting new accounting standards, considering the relevant accounting literature and the effect of the transaction on the company’s financial statements.

  • Assist with implementation projects for new accounting standards, including the new financial instruments and lease accounting standards.

  • Assist in review of contracts, including leases, financing agreements, significant vendor arrangements and acquisitions, to identify potential accounting issues.

  • Assist in the development of new accounting policies and review/update existing polices.

  • Prepare impairment tests quarterly, annually and as required of the Company’s consolidated tangible and intangible assets.

  • Coordinate with external auditors to provide requested documentation regarding financial statements and accounting treatment for specific transactions.

  • Collaborate with Financial Reporting team on preparation of financial statement disclosures

  • Work with and respond to accounting inquiries from the organization’s global accounting organization.

  • Ad hoc requests and projects as necessary


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business

  • 3-5 years of financial accounting experience in public accounting firm or accounting department of a publicly traded company.

  • Strong U.S. GAAP and SEC Reporting skills/knowledge preferred.

  • CPA candidate eligibility required (CPA preferred).

  • Ability to coordinate between various corporate offices and departments

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to communicate effectively to different levels of management, cross-functional teams, and external auditors.

  • Detail orientated

  • Self-starter with excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills

Req # 39621

Category Accounting / Finance