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Staff Accountant



Accounting & Finance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023
Anthropic is looking for a detail-oriented Staff Accountant to join our growing finance team. In this role, you will manage key accounting processes like accounts payable/receivable, payroll, financial reporting, and fixed asset tracking. If you are a self-motivated accounting professional with a desire to make an impact, this position provides an exciting opportunity to shape financial processes at an innovative startup company. Come support the team making AI safe.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain the 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 as needed.

You May Be a Good Fit If You Have…

  • Experience of working in a fast paced startup environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality of your work product.
  • Comfort with handling ambiguity.
  • A strong bias for action.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills: you are a competent specialist who does not create errors and also knows how to correct and prevent errors. When you create an error or find one, you spend the extra time to figure out how it appeared in the first place, you can fix it, and you know what kind of a procedural or other change is needed to make sure that it never happens again.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field.
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks, NetSuite, or similar accounting software.
  • Strong organizational and time-management abilities.
  • Keen attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • A self-starter able to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • At least 2-3 years of accounting experience, preferably in a fast-paced environment.

Annual Salary (USD)

  • The expected salary range for this position is $130k - $180k.
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.
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.
Company-wide hybrid policy: Currently, we expect all staff to be in our office at least 25% of the time. However, different roles may have different requirements - if this role has a different preference, it will be noted above.
Deadline to apply: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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.
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.