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Hippo Insurance

Hippo Insurance

IT, Accounting & Finance
Austin, TX, USA · Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

Role: Technical Accounting Manager

Location: Palo Alto, CA / Austin, TX

Reports To: Revenue and Corporate Accounting Director

About Hippo:

Our mission is to deliver intuitive and proactive protection for homeowners, combining the power of technology with a human touch.

Hippo built the world’s first home protection platform. We believe that insurance should protect your home and the things you treasure with policies designed for modern lives and proactive protection that helps you care for your home. Our aim is to help you avoid issues before they become costly problems because the best claims experience is the one you don’t have. Simply put, Hippo exists to protect the joy of homeownership.

About You:

You have a proven history of providing technical accounting and reporting processes to clients at Big 4 accounting firms, a public company or have built this process in a private company leading to S-1 S-1/IPO/SEC process. You have provided accounting guidance / treatment for complex business transactions. You are accustomed to rolling up your sleeves to get things done while also having a significant contribution to big picture strategy. Your days are spent supporting accounting and reporting for transactions, business operations are in line with USGAAP, and able to interact with external auditors and advisors.

The Technical Accounting Manager will play an integral part in Hippo’s success within the technical accounting team. You will have the opportunity to work on complex transactions by teaming with Legal and Business teams from negotiation to close.

What You’ll Do:

Technical Accounting & Accounting Policy

  • Be a trusted business partner and advisor to various stakeholders within Finance and Accounting and across the company including Legal, Equity, Business and Insurance
  • Lead the technical accounting function including significant transactions, identifying, analyzing and applying technical guidance, documenting accounting memos, and providing training to internal Finance and Accounting group
  • Analyze and record commission revenues as part of the month-end close
  • Perform analytical analyses over the Company’s revenues month over month and quarter over quarter to understand and document Company initiatives and their effect on the Company’s financials
  • Monitor, assess and implement new accounting pronouncements applicable to the company and proactively partner with stakeholders to analyze the impact on the operational and/or financial performance of the company
  • Be a proactive liaison with external auditors to drive timely closure of technical accounting matters and the annual audits
  • Manage technical accounting research and implement conclusions in day-to-day accounting operations
  • Review contracts for proper accounting treatment as well as document conclusions on key accounting matters, such as reserves, revenue, reinsurance
  • Assist with compiling information for Sarbanes Oxley testing and compliance
  • Maintain effective internal controls in relation to the technical accounting process and other duties

Must Haves:

  • BS/BA in Accounting
  • 4+ years of experience in accounting/auditing
  • Public company experience or Big 4
  • CPA
  • Strong knowledge of U.S. GAAP and internal controls
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills
  • Great organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and handle multiple tasks from multiple stakeholders
  • Intellectually curious, analytically strong, and embracer of change

Nice to Haves:

  • NetSuite experience

Benefits and Perks:

Hippo treats its team members with the same level of dedication and care as we do our customers, which is why we’re fortunate to provide all of our Hippos with:

  • Healthy Hippos Benefits - Multiple medical plans to choose from and 100% employer covered dental & vision plans for our team members and their families. We also offer a 401(k)-retirement plan, short & long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for health and dependent care, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Training and Career Growth - Training and internal career growth opportunities
  • Flexible Time Off - You know when and how you should recharge
  • Little Hippos Program - We offer 12 weeks of parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers


  • The SF Bay Area base pay range for this role is $115,000 - $191,000. Exact compensation may vary based on several job-related factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to: skill set, experience, education/training, location, business needs and market demands.

Hippo is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

Hippo’s applicants are considered solely based on their qualifications, without regard to an applicant’s disability or need for accommodation. Any Hippo applicant who requires reasonable accommodations during the application process should contact the Hippo’s People Team to make the need for an accommodation known.