Role: Senior Accounting Manager

Wage: Competitive

Hours: 35 hour working week

Location: London

Duration: Permanent

Posting date: 25 October 2019

Closing date: 22 November 2019

About The Role

Reporting to the Accounting Director, the Senior Accounting Manager will work as part of a global accounting team overseeing KAYAK and OpenTable accounting operations. You will work closely with Tax, FP&A and Treasury teams at KAYAK, OpenTable and Booking Holdings. The ability to adapt to change with a positive, “can-do” attitude and being a team player is a must.

Your objectives in this role include:

  • Manage month-end close process for KAYAK and Opentable and the Global AP function for KAYAK, ensuring compliance with SOX.
  • Prepare flux analysis and management commentary.
  • Timely reviews and approval of all balance sheet accounts, including monthly bank reconciliation and general ledger account reconciliations.
  • Possess strong accounting knowledge with proven ability to analyse and solution technical and operational accounting issues.
  • Oversee process alignment across OpenTable and KAYAK brands and develop scalable processes across both brands while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
  • Ensure all accounting activities are compliant with statutory and legal requirements.
  • Diving into the details and identifying pain points, eliminate inefficiencies by revamping processes and utilization of internal systems and tools.
  • Prepare, maintain, communicate and ensure compliance with KAYAK, OpenTable and Booking Holdings accounting policies.
  • Treasury activities including cash flow management for EMEA entities.
  • Developing the team, guide and mentor direct reports (comprising of Accountants and AP Specialists). Provide training, feedback and on-the-job coaching.
  • Support the Accounting Director on special/ad-hoc projects as and when required.

About You 

  • Demonstratable ability to lead, manage and develop an accounting and transactional finance operations team in a fast-paced and continuous change environment.
  • Excellent communication and time management skills. Ability to prioritize, plan, perform and communicate activities and findings both in written and verbal form to individuals, management and auditors.
  • Confident, energetic, team player who is equally comfortable working independently as well as part of a local and wider global team.
  • Hardworking self-starter who is both detailed-oriented and can see the bigger picture. Hands-on with a strong sense of ownership and accountability.
  • Ability to work in a global environment with flexibility to work with different time zones and building relationships across functions and geographies.
  • Must thrive on ambiguity, love change and taking on special projects!

Your experience and education:

  • Bachelor or Higher Degree in Accounting, Finance  or Commerce.
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant with Big 4 experience.
  • Extensive relevant post-qualified experience; must have mix of experience in public accounting and in industry (high-growth or pre-IPO preferred) with strong focus on month-end close, technical accounting and finance operations.
  • substantial relevant people management experience. Proven ability to recruit, manage, train and coach staff.
  • Solid understanding of mid-range financial systems, Netsuite preferred. Experience with US GAAP and SOX as well as EMEA region GAAPs (preferred) ERP system implementation experience (preferred)

About KAYAK 

At KAYAK we help millions of travelers around the globe make confident travel decisions. KAYAK searches other sites to show travelers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages and is the world's leading travel search engine.

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. 

KAYAK is a part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.


  • 5 weeks paid vacation
  • Day off on your birthday 
  • Pension fund
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • No stupid meetings
  • Drinks, coffee, snacks, games etc.
  • Regular team events/excursions
  • Flexible hours


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