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Staff Accountant



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Join the transformative journey with Coursera as an experienced Staff Accountant, shaping the future of global education.


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Coursera is a leading online learning platform, co-founded by Stanford professors, that provides universal access to world-class education. It has amassed 142 million learners and partners with top universities and industry leaders. As a certified B Corp, Coursera is dedicated to making a positive impact on society. This is an opportunity to be part of a company that's revolutionizing learning and expanding its reach globally, where your work contributes to a greater mission.

Role Summary:

  • Coordinate with external consultants on tax compliance and administration.
  • Handle tax filings, including sales taxes, GST, VAT in APAC and EMEA regions.
  • Support global accounting team on corporate income taxes.
  • Participate in cross-functional tax initiatives.
  • Provide tax-related support to various internal teams and external partners.

Role Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Tax.
  • 3 - 5 years of relevant experience, particularly in IT/SaaS with international subsidiaries.
  • Proficiency in accounting and tax principles and financial ERP systems.
  • Intermediate Excel skills and familiarity with Google Sheets.
  • Preferred: CA or MBA (Finance), specialization in international tax, transfer pricing, and experience in a growing SaaS company.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, cross-functionally, and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative team player.

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 142 million registered learners as of December 31, 2023.

Coursera partners with over 325 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

Join us in our mission to create a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life through access to education. We're seeking talented individuals who share our passion and drive to revolutionize the way the world learns.

We at Coursera are committed to building a globally diverse team and are thrilled to extend employment opportunities to individuals in any country where we have a legal entity. We require candidates to possess eligible working rights and have a compatible timezone overlap with their team to facilitate seamless collaboration. As a remote-first company, our interviews and onboarding are entirely virtual, providing a smooth and efficient experience for our candidates.

Job Overview:

Financial management is crucial to the performance and success of any company. The roles and responsibilities of the Coursera Finance team include accounting, financial reporting, analysis, planning, budgeting, and compliance. Problem solvers at heart, this team works to fuel Coursera’s growth by developing creative solutions in response to accounting and finance challenges.

Coursera is seeking an experienced Staff accountant to join our growing team in areas of global accounting operations. Reporting to the International Accounting Manager, this hands-on role will be responsible for coordinating with external consultants on a wide variety of tax compliance and administration, from preparation of tax (corporate and indirect tax) journal entries to preparation/submission of returns and responses to various tax authorities in countries where Coursera operates. We are looking for an accountant with keen interest in the areas of tax compliance and operations. This role will largely manage indirect tax filings such as sales taxes, GST and value-added taxes in APAC and EMEA region. Additionally, the incumbent will support the global accounting team on accounting aspects of corporate income taxes. The incumbent will also participate in cross-functional initiatives concerning taxes. This role will offer the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of tax, act as a bridge  between corporate tax/consultants and accounting operation team and make a significant impact at a high growth tech company.


  • Assist in indirect tax returns such as GST/VAT and sales tax including monthly accruals for Coursera’s international entities.
  • Work closely with India based accounting, AP and revenue team to collate required information for tax compliance purposes. Support US based tax team with inhouse research, inputs and local knowledge related to taxation matters of APAC and EMEA countries
  • Collaborate with external auditors and tax consultants on tax filing and other tax compliance matters. Assist with preparation of audit schedules related to tax accounts for external audits, tax audits and enquiries from tax authorities
  • Assist in accounting federal, state, and foreign income tax journal entries, working closely with the global tax team and external service providers.
  • Support payments  and treasury team in relation to payment related to taxes across international entities
  • Contribute to other special projects and initiatives as needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or tax
  • 3 - 5  years of relevant experience in IT/SaaS business with global footprint/international subsidiaries (should have at least handled 3 non-India entities in APAC/EMEA region).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting and tax principles
  • Experience working in a Financial ERP system (preferably NetSuite) and tax accounting software such as OneSource/Avalara
  • Experience in working tax function in shared services set up preferred
  • Intermediate Excel skills, basic knowledge of google sheet is welcome

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CA with 1-2 years of relevant experience or MBA (finance) with 3-5 years of experience in  Finance qualification 
  • Specialization in international tax and transfer pricing is added advantage 
  • Experience with a growing SaaS company is a plus
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Able to work independently, cross-functionally and collaboratively
  • Organized and able to work in a fast paced and deadline driven environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Values collaboration and  contributing to the shared goals and success of the team and company

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Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.
If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please contact us at [email removed - click apply for more details].
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For our Global Candidates, please review our GDPR Recruitment Notice here.

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