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Here at Appian, were passionate about technology. We love making it, & we love using it. Coming on board to Appian Finance within the Appian Corporate team means you'll be doing work that directly impacts the overall business. We are a people-first organization, all committed to providing a first-class employee experience. Our top priority is ensuring our people & the business are equipped with the tools, resources, & processes needed to thrive. Join us, as we work collaboratively to grow Appian across the world.

The Senior Technical Accountant will report to the Senior Manager, Revenue Recognition, & will participate in all aspects of the revenue accounting function. This critical role will partner with other teams, including Sales, Legal, Deal Desk, & Sales Operations to review & approve customer contracts, optimize outcomes, & ensure proper revenue recognition. The Senior Revenue Recognition Accountant will serve as a technical accounting expert in applying ASC 606 to customer contracts, ensuring proper accounting setup in the ERP, documenting accounting conclusions, & maintaining effective internal controls throughout the process. We are looking for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment & can meet our business demands in a professional & knowledgeable manner.

This role will be at Appian HQ, which is located in McLean, VA. Expectation is to be in the office on a hybrid schedule (3 days/week).

To be successful in this role, you need to:

  • Review fully executed customer contracts to conclude on appropriate accounting treatment & identify any issues to ensure that all software & services revenues are accounted for in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (ASC 606).
  • Prepare supporting revenue accounting documentation, including revenue accounting checklists, position papers & revenue allocation spreadsheets for booked orders.
  • Assist with Fair Value (SSP) analyses of historical sales transactions.
  • Review & approve revenue allocation & revenue plans in the NetSuite accounting system to ensure accurate revenue recognition treatment in the general ledger & support the monthly closing process.
  • Assist manager with technical research on complex revenue accounting issues.
  • Review drafts of customer contracts & provide revenue accounting guidance to Legal & Sales personnel on an as-needed basis.
  • Support annual audit & quarterly reviews by providing external auditors with requested documentation for revenue transactions being tested.
  • Assist with preparation of SEC filings, as needed.

Some of the tools & resources we will equip you with include: 

  • Well immerse you into our community rooted in respect starting on day one. Our community is strong & growing! Our affinity groups are a great place to start connecting with peers from all across the globe.
  • Appian offers a wide variety of growth & development opportunities such as: our in-house Appian MBA program for new managers, Appian University which is a full library of over 3,000 LinkedIn Learning & Udemy courses, Presentation Skills training, & tuition reimbursement for those seeking to further their education.

Basic qualifications:   

  • 2-5 years of public accounting experience
  • Bachelors and/or Master's degree in Accounting
  • CPA certification, preferred
  • Software revenue accounting experience; preferred


About Appian

Before Appian was a company, it was an idea. Not about a product or a market, but about the culture needed to sustain innovation & value. Today, we help businesses build apps & workflows rapidly, with a low-code automation platform. 

Appian was founded on the belief that talented & passionate people, given the power & autonomy to excel, will deliver amazing impact. We have worked thoughtfully to create an inclusive, agile & collaborative work environment where employees feel challenged, & all voices are heard. We value & encourage cross-departmental collaboration, & actively seek opportunities to better ourselves & others. Creating impact to us means that when we deliver results, were focused on lasting positive change. 

Join us.

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