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Leadership at Upward Projects

Our leaders set direction, are dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. They are committed to excellence, getting the most out of their teams, and executing a company-wide winning strategy. Our leaders are consistent in providing mentorship to their teams, seek feedback, and take ownership of their personal development.

While no one on the team is quite like the other, it’s our common values that keep us united.

Be Authentic and Humble

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Seek feedback to perform at a higher level and be coachable
  • Actively listen to understand the perceptions of others

Act with Integrity

  • Be consistent and committed
  • Be the example of the right behaviors
  • Build trust through personal accountability

Bring Good Energy

  • Have passion for what you do
  • Have a positive mindset
  • Raise the vibration in the room

Achieve as a Team

  • Be a contributor
  • Collaborate with others to achieve together
  • Be a motivator to get the right results

Get Extraordinary Results

  • Have a well thought out plan and take action to get desired results
  • Anticipate potential issues and be a critical thinker to solve them
  • Have a desire for continual learning


  • Have an unparalleled love, passion, and commitment to making others feel good
  • Have an eye for details and upholding standards
  • Support, serve, and uplift your teammates.
  • Enthusiastic ambassador for our brands
  • Love spreading positive vibes Calm under pressure
  • Operate with a sense of urgency
  • Look for creative solutions and approaches


The Staff Accountant is primarily responsible for producing financial statements, adhering to accounting processes,

and supporting the Financial Controller in performing accounting duties for multiple restaurant locations.



  • Participates in fiscal period close
  • Demonstrates recognizing and implementing efficiencies in accounting and financial close processes


  • Performs thorough and complete reconciliation of assigned balance sheet accounts


  • Ensures accurate recording of journal entries
  • Prepares and critically reviews restaurant Profit & Loss (P & L) report
  • Maintains required records, reports, and files in an organized manner
  • Ensures month-end accrual analysis/reporting is submitted on a timely manner

Accounting Processes

  • Reviews the general ledger detail
  • Identifies trends, errors and reclassify as needed
  • Prepares and provides annual audit schedules and supporting documents
  • Prepares variance, trend, and fluctuation analysis connected with actual results vs budgets, previous periods and previous year data reporting
  • Performs data mining of large sets of data and automates these processes
  • Support the financial controller with year-end financial audit


  • Assists with reviewing and managing compliance with payroll , taxes, and accounts payable processes
  • Research accounting discrepancies and GAAP guidance/application as needed


  • Assists store leadership with questions and inquiries related to Profit & Loss statements, accounting processes and financial systems.
  • Assists with ad hoc accounting requests and projects
  • Collaborates with the Accounting Team and other Teams in the organization and responds to requests in a timely manner


We cherish innovation and developing creative solutions to everyday challenges. That’s why we named our home office the Lab. A Lab is typically a place for experimentation, testing, and practice, our Lab is focused on delivering a world class experience to our guests, supporting our operations team in the field, and achieving extraordinary results through teamwork. Housed in the iconic mid-century Sarmiento-designed Phoenix Financial Center, our open office floor plan is vibrant, positive, and filled with a team that is inspired to be a cutting-edge restaurant group.

. Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required
  • Minimum of 2 years of accounting and financial reporting experience
  • Working knowledge of GAAP and accrual basis accounting required
  • Proficient Excel skills required (Reference Look-up and formulas to automate tasks
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites software: Excel and Word
  • Reconciliations, and Concur Expense is preferred
  • Full-service restaurant accounting experience preferred
  • Strong understanding and experience in accounts payable and payroll preferred
  • Ability to multi-task with different systems and processes
  • Ability to adapt to change quickly
  • Possesses a strong organizational skill
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Must be open to feedback
  • Must be able to self-check and review own work with accurate and minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and maintain a positive attitude
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of ambiguity
  • Passionate in the field of Accounting / Finance



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