Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst

Cognella, Inc. is seeking a financial analyst to join our finance and administrative team, supporting the completion of financial reporting, sales incentive plan creation, and financial modeling. In this position, you must be knowledgeable in accounting, finance, and operations, while also loving data, handling difficult reconciliations, sniffing out problems and issues, hitting deadlines, and continuously seeking to improve processes and procedures. The financial analyst will work closely with the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Executive Officer.

As a high-volume publishing company, our systems are fairly complex. The ideal candidate must be operations-oriented and extremely hands on, with excellent accounting, financial analysis, and communication skills. You must also have a customer service mindset and be comfortable communicating with internal and external customers. The position requires someone who is organized, efficient, and a critical thinker who loves solving problems. If you are self-motivated, intellectually curious, and passionate about analyzing data, we’re looking for you!


  • Accounting – Ensure the accurate and timely development of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Improve on accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls. Roll up your sleeves as part of a small team finance and accounting team handling transactions related to revenue, cost of goods sold, payroll, payables, cost accounting, and balance sheet account reconciliations, when needed. Work with the team to close the books every month in a timely fashion. Our accounting processes involve a lot of data organization, hygiene, and analysis so we need someone who has very strong data/excel skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Sales Incentive Plans – Take the lead in developing annual sales incentive plans for multiple Cognella sales and acquisitions teams. Must be able to communicate with multiple members of management to create sales incentive plans that are meaningful to the recipients, in line with Cognella objectives, and drive behavior of sales and acquisitions team members. Report sales plan performance throughout the year for each sales plan team member.
  • Financial Planning, Analysis, and Reporting – Maintain, analyze, and report the company financial forecast model using operating results and other relevant KPIs. Build pro-forma business models for strategic planning and cash flow analysis. Investigate financial results and make improvements. Take on special strategic projects as needed.
  • Information Systems – Work with technology, operations, and other company departments to ensure financial data integrity across the entire company. Improve upon our high-volume reporting processes and implement automation strategies to reduce manual work.


  • Undergraduate accounting or finance degree
  • Thorough knowledge and working experience with GAAP
  • Experience building complicated financial models for staffing, budgeting, valuation, buying versus leasing, and other strategic financial decisions and plans
  • Experience organizing, analyzing, reporting, and presenting the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial results and other operating KPIs, including to both internal and external constituents
  • Excellent experience exporting, merging and organizing various data sets – you must be an Excel whiz; proven abilities to identify and resolve data that looks questionable
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal skills
  • Extremely hard-working, impeccably organized, with exceptional attention-to-detail
  • Customer service mentality towards supporting the organization and business partners
  • The right cultural fit: you are proactive, friendly, team-oriented, intelligent, frank, open, and honest; you have great emotional intelligence, a good attitude, and pursue life with a glass half-full perspective

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Staff accountant or financial analyst with 5+ years of proven success delivering quality work, making an impact, and hitting deadlines – strong accounting & finance background required
  • A well-rounded, analytical team player with both strategic and tactical skills, especially within an entrepreneurial environment – you’ve worn multiple hats in a growing company and love to be hands-on; you have the ability to step back and plan, develop and document processes, and work with other department managers to make improvements
  • Experience in e-commerce, manufacturing and/or publishing environment preferred
  • Strong proficiency with QuickBooks

Cognella offers all team members a stimulating and entrepreneurial work environment (currently remote/hybrid), great colleagues, and the opportunity to shape their position. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a growing entrepreneurial business, this is your chance to really make a difference.

Reports to: Vice President of Finance and Administration

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Start Date: Immediate

Location: All Cognella employees are currently working remotely. We plan to return to our office in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, California, when it’s safe to do so, but permanently remote applicants will be considered. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package (health, vision, dental, generous vacation, holiday, volunteer, and sick time, and 401K matching plan).  Depends on Experience/Education (D.O.E.):

  • Experienced, Financial Analyst – I, level IC004, starting at $57,000 annually
  • Highly Experienced, Financial Analyst – II, level IC005, starting at $64,000 annually

To Apply: For consideration, please submit a cover letter and résumé to All submissions will be held in confidence.


About Cognella:

Cognella® is redefining academic publishing by creating teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under three imprints: Cognella® Academic Publishing, Cognella® Custom, and Cognella® Active Learning. Cognella also publishes engaging nonfiction titles featuring modern perspectives as Cognella® Press. Learn more at

Cognella was recently awarded a 2021 Top Workplaces designation by the San Diego Union-Tribune. We’re proud to offer Cognella team members a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and the opportunity to contribute significantly toward the goals of the company.

Cognella, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.



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