Revenue Accountant

Alexandria, VA

About Purple Strategies 

Purple Strategies is a corporate reputation and strategy firm that combines the creativity and discipline of brand communications with the speed and strategy of political campaigns to help leverage or reduce pressure on a business, brand or issue. We help build and defend reputation and brand value and serve Fortune 500 companies, associations, nonprofits and some of the most recognizable brands in the world.


Purple helps the world’s most important organizations address their toughest challenges. We operate in a highly collaborative environment and apply integrated, team-based approaches to help clients: 

  • ANTICIPATEreputation challenges and opportunities; 

  • COMPEL change through business actions and transformation; and  

  • NAVIGATEreputation issues, acute crises, key business choices and policy/regulatory changes to inform decision-making. 


About The Position

This is a full-time position in Purple Strategies Operations Expertise Group. The Revenue Accountant is a core member of the finance team who regularly collaborates with all other teams to ensure revenue recognition is correct. This role will account for Purple’s four core revenue streams: Client Contract and Billing, Production, Research and Paid Media. 


In This Position, You Will

  • Read complex contracts/agreements and identify pertinent terms and issues to provide appropriate accounting guidance and propose solutions within Purple’s existing revenue recognition policy and the accounting literature
  • Work with client teams to prepare and distribute invoices to clients
  • Review of client invoicing to ensure revenue recognition guidance and contracts are executed
  • Work with the client teams, outside vendors, and accounts payable team for invoicing and reconciliation of client paid media
  • Complete or review the month-end close process as relates to revenue, including journal entries, account reconciliations, and deferral of revenue or production/research expenses
  • Analyze the monthly billing files for accuracy and post to the general ledger
  • Collaborate with accounting team and other cross-functional teams to coordinate, complete and resolve revenue accounting matters
  • Responsible for a set of accounts to review monthly in financial system.
  • Perform ad-hoc projects and data analytics
  • Compile and support internal and external auditors’ requests for information and documentation.
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications and Experience You Need To Be Successful In This Role

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 4 years experience in finance and accounting with a minimum of 2 years in revenue accounting. They will also hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance. Other qualifications and experience include:  

  • Accounting certification (CPA) or sitting for the exam preferred
  • Experience with reading custom client contracts
  • Experience in professional services / consulting industry preferred
  • Demonstrate ability to perform in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Strong management/supervisory exposure
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Quickbooks and Sage Intaact experience a plus
  • Public accounting experience a plus
  • Excellent analytical skills to manage large amounts of data
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent Excel skills, including proficient use of Pivot Tables, Vlookup, embedded formulas and the ability to use these skills to automate current processes.
  • Analyze contracts to determine appropriate revenue recognition methodology/ ASC 606
  • Deadline-oriented


Work Location

This is a full-time position based in either our Alexandria, VA headquarters or our Chicago office.  Purple Strategies offers a hybrid model and seeks employees who are comfortable working in the office for a portion of their workweek. The Revenue Accountant is expected to work in the office three days per week. Purple values the camaraderie, connection, inclusion and professional development that in-person interactions provide, yet still recognizes the importance of flexibility and balance in our employees’ lives.


How To Apply 

Please submit your resume and cover letter online at www.purplestrategies/   


Purple is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.