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Accounting Manager (Outdoor Recreation Planning Firm)

We are seeking an Accounting Manager to join our office in Salt Lake City. This is an exciting opportunity to join the small but mighty Finance team for a company that is an industry leader in outdoor recreation planning, design, and permitting.

Date Posted

February 14, 2023




Salt Lake City (Holladay), UT

Accounting Manager


SE Group is seeking an Accounting Manager to join our office in Salt Lake City. This is an exciting opportunity to join the small but mighty Finance & Operations team for a company that is an industry leader in outdoor recreation planning, design, and permitting. At SE Group, we pride ourselves on being nimble, fostering a strong sense of collaboration, and supporting some exceptionally cool projects across the country (from ski area design to mountain bike parks, and campgrounds). We’ve been growing rapidly over the past several years and are now looking for someone that – together with our CFO – can really take our accounting and financial tools to the next level.

This position is designed for someone who has “been there, done that:” someone that can walk in the door (with humble confidence) and quickly take over payroll, project invoicing, and accounts receivable/payable. If that’s you – and you are passionate about getting people outside – please apply!

About SE Group

At SE Group, our work is grounded in the belief that outdoor recreational experiences are a powerful foundation for thriving communities. This belief is the driving force behind our passion for uncovering the unique potential of every place and space we serve.

SE Group has been the industry leader in the planning and design of mountain resorts since 1958. Over the years, our team has grown to include landscape architects, community planners, environmental analysts, and economic advisors that are pioneering how communities across the country think about recreation, tourism, and outdoor spaces. Whether it’s a multi-season mountain resort or a schoolyard playground, our clients trust us to lead them from first spark of inspiration to final phase of implementation.

With hubs in Utah, Colorado, and Vermont, we are lucky live in the heart of some of the amazing recreational communities we serve.  We all share a passion for getting outside (in its many diverse forms) and SE Group is committed to offering an exceptional employee experience that honors this, as well as one that promotes collaboration, mentorship, growth – and laughter!

Position Priorities

The Accounting Manager will oversee all day-to-day accounting processes of SE Group.  This position will report to our Chief Financial Officer and can also expect to collaborate with our entire Operations team and Directors of each of our practice groups as they work to ensure the highest level of financial operations and reporting for the company.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage and process all aspects of employee payroll (including set up, accruals, benefits and posting for approximately 50 people across seven states).
  • Lead project accounting, working alongside project managers to produce 175-200 invoices on a monthly basis; support month-end processing and reporting.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries and account reconciliations.
  • Manage and process accounts receivable and accounts payable, providing project and project manager support.
  • Assist CFO, President, and Leadership Team with special projects.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Accounting. This position is primarily designed for candidates that have 5-8 years of professional accounting experience.

Other required skills and experience include:

  • Demonstrated excellence in project accounting and financial management, preferably in a leadership position at professional service company similar to ours.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with highest standards for being detail-oriented and organized – if you are a self-starter, you’ll thrive in this role.
  • Experience with Deltek Vantagepoint or other financial and project management system – Deltek is our strong preference here, can you help us level up our utilization of this software?
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills – are you able to effectively to communicate your ideas to both internal and external stakeholders?
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines in a dynamic environment – this will be key, given your work across multiple offices and practice groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn various tax and compliance regulations in new geographies – this will be increasingly important as our company expands its services.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft 365 programs.
  • CPA accreditation is not required for this position, but is certainly seen as an asset.

While we are primarily operating in a hybrid work environment, being able to meet, collaborate, socialize in the same space remains vital to our team dynamic. Therefore, we will be prioritizing candidates that live within reasonable driving distance of our office in Salt Lake City, UT, but remain open to other options for qualified applicants.

What You Can Expect from Us

  • Opportunity for the right candidate to grow substantially in increasing responsibilities and leadership.
  • The anticipated salary range for this position is between $65,000 and $85,000, depending upon qualifications and experience.
  • 401k with 4% company match
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance (premiums 100% covered for employees, 60% for dependents)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) program with annual $2,000 employer contribution
  • Long-term disability and life insurance coverage
  • Generous vacation policy that promotes wellness (we want to you to be balanced!)
  • Highly flexible work environment that supports active lifestyles (‘work hard, play hard’ is our ethos!)

What’s next?

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to with “Accounting Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls please. We are continuing to review applications for this position on an ongoing basis.  

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