Sound Agriculture is an innovator in bio-inspired chemistry and plant genetics. We leverage natural plant diversity to grow crops more sustainably and create differentiated, nutritious food. Sound is a Series C startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture such as Leaps by Bayer, Northpond Ventures, S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Cavallo Ventures and Syngenta Group Ventures.

We are seeking a Staff Accountant to lead daily accounting operations and facilitate month-end close. This role requires strong analytical and communication skills, as well as a solid technical accounting knowledge to ensure transactions are recorded in accordance with GAAP. The staff accountant will play a crucial role in producing financial statements for internal and external stakeholders and creating robust and scalable accounting processes. We are looking for a candidate who is highly organized, self-motivated, and a problem solver. They should be collaborative and capable of independently executing their responsibilities. This role reports to the Accounting Manager and is based in our Emeryville, CA headquarters.


  • Serve as primary point of contact for Accounts Payable 
  • Ensure timely processing of requests, vendor invoices, and dispute resolution
  • Own processing employee expense reports and credit card transactions
  • Reconcile bank and credit card accounts
  • Prepare journal entries and balance sheet account reconciliations as part of the monthly close. Maintains Sound’s subsidiary ledgers, including fixed assets
  • Perform month-end variance analyses, highlighting areas of concern
  • Collaborate and support the Accounting Manager and external vendors with the yearly financial statement audit and taxes
  • Develop and monitor Sound’s accounting procedures and internal controls
  • Issue purchase orders and credit applications in alignment with company policy
  • Conduct ad hoc reporting and analysis as needed

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field, or equivalent work experience 
  • Knowledge of practical GAAP application
  • Proficiency with GSuite including strong spreadsheet application skills required
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks Online and experience strongly preferred

Our Offer 

  • Opportunity to work in an early-stage, disruptive startup with a talented, experienced, and growing team of dedicated individuals
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Performance bonus structure
  • Comprehensive health care plans that include Medical, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Flex Spending Account (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter Benefit)
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Regular team events and engagement activities (we actually like hanging out with each other!)

Sound is based in Emeryville, CA with a number of employees working remotely. We have a mission driven culture and a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. We are looking for someone to join the team who will bring a passion for sustainability along with a deep expertise in the business of food and agriculture.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

Sound participates in E‑Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I‑9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. If E‑Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Sound is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before Sound takes any action, including terminating your employment.