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Lead Accountant

Los Angeles, United States
POSITION: Lead Accountant (Head of Accounting / Controller for the right person)
CONTACT: Manon Newell, Associate,, m. 323-829-3619


“Experience is the new luxury.”

Founded by experienced technology entrepreneurs, AvantStay delivers a differentiated travel experience craved by modern travelers while maintaining a consistently upscale experience by leveraging technology automation both pre and post-stay. 

The team has collectively traveled to over 80 countries and know what matters most - creating an authentic experience. The best travel accommodations are all about delivering an exceptional, unique stay and far too often property managers and hosts fall short on delivering a first-class short-term rental experience. AvantStay is here to change that by setting the new standard for short-term rental experiences.

In less than a year, AvantStay has acquired over 50 properties in 7 markets via long-term leases in which it offers its customers as short-term rentals.  The team is incredibly passionate about real estate, technology and the arts and are building a revolutionary hospitality brand through the power of virtual tech automation in the short-term rental market. 


•Being a disruptive force in a $170B short-term rental market.
•With 2M+ hosts and 4.5M+ active listings on Airbnb, the experience is incredibly inconsistent.
•AvantStay has grown 400% month over month while, providing an end-to-end digital enabled travel experience.
•Featured on HuffPost, & Inc.

THE OPPORTUNITY: LEAD ACCOUNTANT (the role & responsibilities can get larger)

AvantStay is looking for a hands-on Lead Accountant (direct Controller hire / promotion to Controller dependent on experience), but most importantly someone with the accounting and financial acumen to jump into a startup and own all of the accounting functions. The position will be working closely with the Finance Lead. The ideal candidate can demonstrate meticulous bookkeeping, understanding of GAAP and accrual accounting, analytics, and organizational skills

The ideal candidate will own day-to-day accounting, cash-management, budgeting, the development of key FP&A policies and procedures, as well as continuing to build AvantStay's operational accounting infrastructure.


•Own and manage all extensive bookkeeping tasks including but not limited to, accounts receivables and payables, bank reconciliation, maintain and balance general ledger, tax report filings, prepare various financial statements and individual property reports, etc.
•Assist CEO and Head of Finance with cash flow forecasting, borrowing needs, fundraising initiatives as the company raises additional rounds from leading venture capital firms.
•Develop streamlined process and input/upload accounting entries into QuickBooks, including monthly expenses, rental income, client payroll, and investment payables/distributions.
•Demonstrate aptitude and ability to support team members in a timely manner through various rounds of venture funding
•Maintain property management trust accounting software and CRM.
•Prepare monthly accounting and appropriate analytics reports.
•Prepare and edit correspondence, reports, and presentations as necessary on behalf of senior management to both current and prospective clients/investors.


•EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
•CPA is a plus, but not required.
•EXPERIENCE: Hands-on experience owning the accounting and utilizing QuickBooks Desktop for at least 2 years.
•Have 3+ years of solid bookkeeping experience.
•2-4 years of experience in general ledger accounting and month end reconciliation.
•2+ years in real estate, property management, or a closely related field (a plus but not requirement)
•Open to rolling up your sleeves and helping the company own various administrative duties.
•Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word & PowerPoint); Knowledge of YARDI a plus.
•You will need to be organized and strategic in order to handle multiple responsibilities at once. 
•Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) is important to work effectively across multiple business units.
•Strong analytical skills and metrics orientation.
•Able to work quickly, accurately and flexible in managing changing priorities.
•A self-motivated professional who knows what needs to be done and operates with a sense or urgency, focus and discipline.
•Can thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial startup environment.  
•Willing to take ownership and work the long hours to achieve deadlines as needed. 
•Basic understanding of the Airbnb and VRBO platforms (Streamline vacation rental software is a bonus).


•Competitive compensation package + quarter bonuses and incentive packages.
•Potential equity/options for the right candidate. 
•Be part of a fast-growing, entrepreneurial team, at the forefront of modern travel.
•Build a world-class brand in hospitality that provides luxury for the 99%.

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