Why you should join us:

At Sound Agriculture, we believe our food system can nourish consumers while benefiting farming communities and the planet. Through a deeper understanding of plant and microbial biology, we are leveraging the natural power of plants to make agriculture more agile and resilient. Our work focuses on developing nutrient efficiency products and modernizing plant breeding to improve the way we farm and the food we eat.

Sound is a Series D startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture including Leaps by Bayer, Syngenta Group Ventures, S2G Ventures, BMO Impact Investment Fund, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Fall Line Capital, Cavallo Ventures, FootPrint Coalition and Northpond Ventures.

What you'll do:

We are seeking a Sr. Manager, Accounting to own and manage accounting operations including the month-end close process. This role requires strong analytical and communication skills, as well as a solid technical accounting knowledge to ensure transactions are recorded in accordance with GAAP. The Sr. Manager, Accounting plays a crucial role in producing financial statements for internal and external stakeholders and creating robust and scalable accounting and internal control processes. We are looking for a candidate who is highly organized, self-motivated, and a problem solver. They should be collaborative and capable of independently executing their responsibilities. 

This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is based in our Emeryville, CA headquarters on a hybrid schedule (in office 2-3 days per week). 

Compensation Target:

$150,000 to 157,000 base salary
Bonus target 10%

Bonuses are earned based on annual company and individual performance and are prorated based on start date. 

Sound reserves the ability to adjust the compensation range based on the final candidate’s experience, skillset, and geography. In addition to on target earnings, we offer above average equity grants for the industry as we believe that every employee should have a stake in the company’s growth. If you’re above this compensation target, we encourage you to reach out and discuss the entire package and opportunity before deciding not to pursue this position. 



  • Manage and oversee the daily operations of the accounting department including accounts payable/receivable, revenue recognition, cash payments/receipts, fixed assets, general ledger, etc.
  • Manage the monthly financial close process, including ensuring all transactions incurred are recorded in compliance with US GAAP, reviewing journal entries and account reconciliations, and report preparation
  • Analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements
  • Manage the payroll process and work with HR to ensure accurate benefits, commissions and bonuses are paid
  • Establish and monitor compliance of financial and accounting policies and procedures, including researching and implementing new financial standards and accounting policy changes
  • Coordinate and manage the Sound’s annual financial audits and tax returns
  • Oversee team and manage team of two full-time staff accountants. Hire and train new staff as necessary
  • Assist FP&A team with budgeting, forecasting, budget to actual reporting processes
  • Support the Chief Financial Officer with special projects and workflow process improvements

Targeted Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or similar experience, CPA preferred
  • Experience and training from an accounting firm; or experience managing the accounting / controllership functions 
  • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP
  • Must have strong spreadsheet skills including writing macros 
  • Experience with consolidations, foreign currencies, and IFRS a plus
  • Systems:  
    • Proficiency with accounting software systems, such as QuickBooks Online and Bill.com
    • Experience reporting and extracting data from Salesforce strongly preferred
    • Knowledge of sales tax and sales tax software, such as Avalara or Taxjar, is a plus
    • Experience with Netsuite or Sage Intacct is a plus; experience with evaluation of and implementation of a new financial system also a plus 


This role demonstrates our core values by: 

Boldness: Courageously accepts the challenge of new systems and processes.  Leverages previous experiences and drives improvement across the accounting function 

Ownership: Uses expertise to create clear next steps, ensuring on-time and accurate delivery of monthly reports. Leads the accounting team with respect and fosters growth across the team and each individual.  

Tenacity:  Faces challenges with determination and confidently works with others on solutions.  Values ideas and input from other business functions. 

Creativity: Embraces new technologies and strategies to ensure invoice accuracy, customer satisfaction, and on-time payments


What we offer:

  • Opportunity to work in a disruptive startup with a talented, experienced, and growing team of dedicated individuals
  • Competitive total rewards package, including equity
  • Performance bonus structure or uncapped commission plan for sales positions
  • Comprehensive health care plans that include Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Flex Spending Account (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter Benefit)
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Generous flexible paid time off
  • Paid parental leave
  • Mental health and wellbeing benefits 
  • In-person and virtual events and engagement activities (we actually like hanging out with each other!) (e.g. First Fridays, Meditation, Potlucks, Cultural Events, Running and Climbing groups, Photo Contests, weekly Team lunch, etc.)


Sound Agriculture does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies responding to job postings. We will not respond to unsolicited requests to submit candidates.


Equal Employment Opportunity

We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

Sound participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Sound is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before Sound takes any action, including terminating your employment.


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