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Senior Accountant



Accounting & Finance
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023
In this role, you will oversee day-to-day accounting operations and manage key financial functions and take ownership of monthly financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable/receivable, and system implementation to build scalable processes as we continue to grow. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a significant impact by shaping the financial infrastructure of an innovative company, come support the team making AI safe.
About Anthropic
Anthropic’s mission is to create reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. We want AI to be safe and beneficial for our users and for society as a whole. Our team is a quickly growing group of committed researchers, engineers, policy experts, and business leaders working together to build beneficial AI systems.


  • Maintain our balance sheet and monthly journal entries
  • Prepare financial statements, schedules, and reports
  • Process bi-weekly payroll, including tax filings and compliance
  • Manage the full accounts payable and receivable cycles
  • Track fixed assets and calculate depreciation in our accounting system
  • Review and approve business expenses and corporate credit card charges
  • Complete ad hoc accounting projects and analyses

You may be a good fit if you:

  • (Required) Have 5+ years of accounting/finance experience, preferably in a fast-paced environment
  • (Required) Have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • Have proficiency in QuickBooks, NetSuite, or similar accounting software
  • Have experience of working in a fast-paced startup environments
  • Are able to meet deadlines without sacrificing the quality of your work product
  • Are comfortable handling ambiguity and working with minimal supervision
  • Take the initiative to take your knowledge of processes and systems and recommend well-considered improvements
  • Know how to implement a change and are good at predicting what the effects of it will be; you know how to “get it right” the first time

Strong candidates may also:

  • Have strong organizational and time-management abilities
  • Have keen attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Be a self-starter able to work independently and meet deadlines

Annual Salary

  • The expected salary range for this position is $160k - $230k USD
Location-based hybrid policy: Currently, we expect all staff to be in our office (San Francisco or London) at least 25% of the time.
Deadline to apply: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
US visa sponsorship: We do sponsor visas! However, we aren't able to successfully sponsor visas for every role and every candidate; accounting and operations roles are especially difficult to support. But if we make you an offer, we will make every effort to get you into the United States, and we retain an immigration lawyer to help with this.
We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every single qualification. Not all strong candidates will meet every single qualification as listed. Research shows that people who identify as being from underrepresented groups are more prone to experiencing imposter syndrome and doubting the strength of their candidacy, so we urge you not to exclude yourself prematurely and to submit an application if you're interested in this work. We think AI systems like the ones we're building have enormous social and ethical implications. We think this makes representation even more important, and we strive to include a range of diverse perspectives on our team.
Compensation and Benefits*
Anthropic’s compensation package consists of three elements: salary, equity, and benefits. We are committed to pay fairness and aim for these three elements collectively to be highly competitive with market rates.
Equity - On top of this position's salary (listed above), equity will be a major component of the total compensation. We aim to offer higher-than-average equity compensation for a company of our size, and communicate equity amounts at the time of offer issuance.
Benefits - Benefits we offer include:
- Optional equity donation matching at a 3:1 ratio, up to 50% of your equity grant.
- Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and all your dependents.
- 401(k) plan with 4% matching.
- 21 weeks of paid parental leave.
- Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
- Stipends for education, home office improvements, commuting, and wellness.
- Fertility benefits via Carrot.
- Daily lunches and snacks in our office.
- Relocation support for those moving to the Bay Area.
* This compensation and benefits information is based on Anthropic’s good faith estimate for this position, in San Francisco, CA, as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future. The level of pay within the range will depend on a variety of job-related factors, including where you place on our internal performance ladders, which is based on factors including past work experience, relevant education, and performance on our interviews or in a work trial.
How we're different
We believe that the highest-impact AI research will be big science. At Anthropic we work as a single cohesive team on just a few large-scale research efforts. And we value impact — advancing our long-term goals of steerable, trustworthy AI — rather than work on smaller and more specific puzzles. We view AI research as an empirical science, which has as much in common with physics and biology as with traditional efforts in computer science. We're an extremely collaborative group, and we host frequent research discussions to ensure that we are pursuing the highest-impact work at any given time. As such, we greatly value communication skills. We do not have boundaries between engineering and research, and we expect all of our technical staff to contribute to both as needed.
The easiest way to understand our research directions is to read our recent research. This research continues many of the directions our team worked on prior to Anthropic, including: GPT-3, Circuit-Based Interpretability, Multimodal Neurons, Scaling Laws, AI & Compute, Concrete Problems in AI Safety, and Learning from Human Preferences.
Come work with us!
Anthropic is a public benefit corporation based in San Francisco. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, optional equity donation matching, generous vacation and parental leave, flexible working hours, and a lovely office space in which to collaborate with colleagues.