: Senior Accountant, Payroll and Operating Expenses

We are looking for a Senior Accountant to support the GL Accounting process at KAYAK. The Senior Accountant is responsible for many aspects of general ledger-related activities, such as: proper application of US GAAP, recording accounting transactions (monthly, quarterly, annual), performing balance sheet account reconciliations and account analysis. We are looking for someone who has excellent problem solving skills, is a strong communicator, thrives on process improvement and enjoys working in an exciting, fast-paced environment to support our continued growth.


  • Prepare accounting entries and account reconciliations for various financial activities. Research and propose resolution for discrepancies or identified issues.

  • Prepare accounting entries and account reconciliations for all payroll related transactions including payroll taxes, bonus and vacation accruals for 2,000 employees

  • Collaborate closely with the payroll teams to gain a complete understanding of the general ledger impact of all payroll related transactions

  • Prepare monthly financial statement fluctuation analyses for management reporting

  • Work together and support Accounting Managers in various accounting projects and global process alignment and improvement initiatives

  • Assist or prepare schedules to support regulatory, statutory, or management reporting to ensure accuracy and timeliness of financial reporting

  • Work cross-functionally with and support our business partners by providing financial insights and relevant reporting

  • Assist with annual statutory audits

  • Assistance with 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 as necessary.


You are detail oriented while also able to see the big picture. When faced with a problem, you propose a solution. You love understanding the why behind the numbers, exercise professional skepticism and maintain a natural curiosity. You have shown ability to prioritize your work, manage to deadlines and keep your manager well informed. You are a self-starter with an ability to manage multiple tasks. You can work independently but know when to ask for assistance, and you take pride in ownership over your areas. You are able to effectively communicate with team members and management.

Education, experience and skills:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance

  • CPA preferred

  • Combined accounting experience of 3-5 years of experience with a mix of public and private

  • Payroll accounting experience preferred

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Be comfortable working in a rapid change environment and be willing to actively participate in projects and process improvements.

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (vlookup, pivot tables, etc.)

  • Experience with accounting software such as NetSuite a plus

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high level of attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written, ability to communicate confidently and professionally with all levels within the organization.

  • Solution focused with the ability to prioritize and lead multiple tasks in order to meet deadlines.

About Our Team

Our Finance team supports the business: we provide reports, pay the bills and our people, collect money, crunch numbers and meet exacting compliance standards and deadlines and we have fun while doing it. We take our responsibilities seriously, as we do the company Halloween competition. We enjoy working together and with our cross-functional colleagues around the globe. We value integrity, personal accountability and proactive thinking, and we take pride in mentorship and in crafting opportunities for professional growth and advancement. Does this sound like you? If so, we'd love to talk to you.


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, were able to help people experience the world through dining and travel.

KAYAK is an independently managed subsidiary of Booking Holdings.

Benefits and perks

  • 4 weeks paid vacation

  • Day off on your birthday

  • Generous retirement plans

  • Awesome health, dental and vision insurance plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • No stupid meetings

  • Flexible hours

  • Universal Paid Parental leave

We are an equal opportunity employer and celebrate diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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