Senior Accountant

| Greater NYC Area
Motivate is looking for three diligent and enthusiastic Senior Accountants ready to hit the ground running on the Finance team. You will play a crucial role as you will be responsible for executing both accounting and finance related tasks over multiple business entities within Motivate. You will work across disciplines such as payroll, inventory, expense accruals, intercompany transactions, and banking. Reporting to the Assistant Controller you will provide critical support to the overall team and in the monthly close process.
About Motivate
Motivate is North America’s leading bike share firm, operating systems in 8 cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Since being acquired in 2014 by a group of investors, including the CEOs of The Related Companies and Equinox, it has successfully undertaken multi-year, major expansions in both New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago, and launched Nike’s BIKETOWN in Portland. After integrating with 8D Technologies in early 2017, Motivate has also been building its in-house product portfolio, beginning with the Motivate bike. We have been working closely with vendors—themselves some of the leading names in bike share—to co-develop products including new docking mechanisms, eBikes and Smart Bikes.
Led by a group of seasoned urban visionaries, creative leaders and technology innovators, our mission is to revolutionize the landscape of our cities. In an effort to completely transform the urban experience, Motivate is leading the way in making cities more accessible, healthier and sustainable. We create safe and dependable systems that help make cities great by connecting individuals to the people and places they love.


  • Analyse monthly financial data and made sure all monthly activity has been recorded and reconciled.
  • Review/Prepare entries to record Payroll and necessary accruals for entry at time of payroll (biweekly)
  • Record all elimination entries between entities.
  • Assist with the preparation and review of the 13-week cash forecast
  • Monthly reconciliation of balance sheet accounts (various payroll accounts, accrued expense accounts, fixed assets, intercompany, and other accounts as needed)
  • Work with team to ensure ACH/Wires are approved and released in a timely manner
  • Support team with creating and documenting improvements to processes and procedures
  • Assist with year-end financial audit
  • Ensure all systems are properly receiving Inventory to validate proper expense recognition vs capitalization
  • Confirm inventory levels are accurate to ensure proper cycle counting.
  • Prepare required Financial Reporting (Revenue & Cost Reports, System Profit / Loss) for Municipal partners.
  • Be able to provide assistance with Ad Hoc request for Financial Information.
  • File periodic sales/use/property tax filings for jurisdictional taxing authorities where the company has a tax nexus.
  • Assist with the monthly review of Bike Systems performance by the FP&A and explain unusual variances/transactions. 


Required Skills and Experience

  • BS degree in Accounting, Business, or related field
  • 3-7 years of accounting experience
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Experience with ERP platform
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills; ability to meet deadlines
  • Self-starter and problem solver


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience with NetSuite
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, growing, startup organization


Motivate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions and are evaluated without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy or any other legally protected status under applicable law. We also provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local law, as well as individuals who need an accommodation because of pregnancy. If you require assistance or a reasonable accommodation during any aspect of the application process, please contact [the Human Resources Department or the hiring manager].


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Located in Industry City, Brooklyn; our office has varied lunch options and after work bars/activities. Also, train and bike stations close by!

An Insider's view of Motivate LLC

What's something quirky about your company?

Being a bike share operations company, we’re obviously on bikes a lot. If we go to a meeting at another location in the city, a happy hour after work, or just commuting we tend to travel on bikes in packs #bikergang. Biking is obviously not required but definitely a preferred form of transport

Abbie Clifford

Talent Acquisition Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

Right now we are all about growth! NYC announced it will be nearly tripling the size of its bike share system to 40,000 bikes. That growth means more customers, more bikes, more stations, and more management to support the operations. Scaling up processes fills every day with new exciting problems to solve!

Tyler Bradford

Senior Data Analyst

How does the company support your career growth?

Motivate really invests in their teams. We like to promote from within and help all employees create and explore their own career path. It's not uncommon for someone to start in one department or move/get promoted to another. Personally, I used to manage our field team of ambassadors, and now I manage operations for our ebike roll-out.

John Brock

eBike Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The bike share industry is constantly evolving, and we are continuously rolling out new products and testing and iterating on new ideas to improve. One week we’ll build an algorithm for bike repairs; the next we'll be designing solutions to eBike batteries. Our team values creative, data-driven thinkers who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves.

Melanie Pettit

Chief Customer Officer

What are Motivate LLC Perks + Benefits

Motivate LLC Benefits Overview

At Motivate we offer competitive comp packages, robust benefits, monthly team outings, casual dress code, continuous growth opportunities, and weekly lunches all wrapped up in a dog-friendly office.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Citi Bike memberships for all employees
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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