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Kobalt is the leading independent music services company.
New York    Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019
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Joining a growing NY based Finance team, reporting to the Assistant Controller, the Accounting Director will be responsible for overseeing the business unit accounting teams which includes revenue as well as balance sheet analysis. This individual will be tasked with driving consistency & efficiency across the various business units. The role also involves supporting the month-end close process, annual audit & various ad hoc analysis.

The Finance team is comprised of 30+ people across the US & UK & is responsible for accounting, tax & FP&A.


Founded in 2000 by Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt is creating the music company of the future. Kobalt is a global music & technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers & labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Kobalt have built the technology infrastructure to enable better reporting & for artists to maintain ownership & control over how their work is distributed, tracked, collected, & monetized. This global technology platform can track & collect royalties for the billions of micro-payments per song in digital music today.

This is an established yet fast growing creator-centric company of artists & songwriters including The Chainsmokers, Kelly Clarkson, Miles Davis, Dave Grohl, Lauv, Zayn Malik, Max Martin, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Pitbull, Elvis Presley, Skrillex, Sam Smith, & many more. Kobalt represents on average over 40% of the top 100 songs & albums in both the US & UK.

Were currently 600 people based across 12 offices & were still growing!


  • Manage the BU Accounting teams of 6+;
  • Coordinate the monthly business unit revenue pack for presentation to CFO;
  • Drive efficiency & best practice across the business units;
  • Review & approve revenue & royalty related journal entries
  • Review balance sheet reconciliations
  • Oversee preparation of annual statutory accounts;
  • Coach & mentor junior staff
  • Ad-hoc Finance projects


  • Accounting or Finance Degree ideally CPA in growth companies
  • 8+ years accounting experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability to work with & challenge others
  • Strong team player & proactive approach to work
  • Strong organizational skills / prioritization
  • Strongly desired: music accounting background
  • Desired: NetSuite accounting experience

Recent Awards/Recognitions:

2018 Financial Times Boldness in Business Drivers of Change Nominee

2018 Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies in Music

2017 Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies in Music

2017 Music Week Publisher of the Year

Recent press:

Music Week - The Music Industrys Best Friend

Music Business Worldwide We are Building for the Future of the Music Business

Wired - How data saved music

Economist - Disrupters

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Salary: Competitive

Benefits: You will be eligible for the current health, life, disability & dental insurance offered per company policy & the terms of those plans. Benefits commence on the first of the month following employment with Kobalt.

Vacation & Sick Days: You shall be entitled to accrue 10 paid sick days & 15 paid vacation days per year per Company policy. In addition, Kobalt currently closes its offices between Christmas & New Years Day. Employees are currently paid for these days without using their personal time off as an added benefit. Vacation & sick time begin accruing the first month following the hire date but can only be taken once the employee has completed Kobalts 90 day Introductory Period.

Important notice

Kobalt is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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