Bookkeeper

Finji
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This position has been closed.
Posted
May 11, 2022
Contract
Grand Rapids, MI
Remote

It's me, your friendly neighborhood Rebekah Saltsman, CEO and co-founder of Finji, a hybrid game developer (Overland, Canabalt) and publisher (Night in the Woods, Tunic, Chicory) located in Grand Rapids, MI. We are ready to hire a Bookkeeper to help us manage the studio finances.

This is a paid, part-time, work-for-hire contract position local to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. You would be working with the business development, marketing and operations team on a weekly basis. Finji works with a diverse set of collaborators and folks from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will be accepting applications until Monday, May 30, 2022.

The Job

Finji works with a lot of platforms and teams and we would love some help managing the finances, accountant relationships, and payment processing for our projects.

Initial Responsibilities

  • Onboarding and handoff: overlap with the current team to learn about how the game industry works and how teams are paid.
  • Set up an ideal bookkeeping workflow that you are comfortable with. This has been managed by others and we would love for you to modify and iterate on a process you love.
  • Meet the internal team, our publishing project teams, and get to know our projects.
  • Get a vibe for studio communication style.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Maintain the records of financial transactions for our games.
  • Maintain bookkeeping policies and procedures for the studio.
  • Track and file sales reports for the studio as well as individual teams.
  • Calculate revenue payments and assist the CEO in paying individuals on the proper schedule.
  • Assist the CEO in reviewing game and marketing budget documents.
  • Comply with federal, state and local legal requirements. Make sure forms are filed appropriately, advise CEO on needed actions.
  • Assist in appropriate HR tasks related to bookkeeping.
  • Work with CEO and CPA firm on annual tax filing paperwork.
  • Participate in marketing launch initiatives as the need or desire arise.

We would expect you to be entering this role with a good working knowledge of Excel.

Finji is a highly collaborative team and we expect you to communicate well with team members who work on the development, marketing, operations, porting, and QA. We will not expect you to manage other other people or to make decisions without the help of studio management. But we will trust you to advise us on the best course of action as we develop our working relationship.

Compensation

  • Competitive base pay (distributed at the start of each month)
  • Annual bonuses tied to company profit.
  • Finji schedules more than 4 weeks of paid studio shutdown time every year.
  • Studio commitment to a sustainable work-life balance and strict no-crunch policy.

About You

You are exceptional at keeping confidential things confidential. You love spreadsheets. Numbers are meant to be calculated and rounded to the appropriate cent. You hate a missing receipt and are fine managing expense reports. You will speak up if something seems wrong and don’t mind working with a lot of creative people on a day to day basis. You are a stickler for documentation, following the rules and holding others to that same standard.

You speak up when you have a question and you are interested in learning about new industries. You don’t mind doing accounting chores or preparing paperwork for others. You like to learn, and you like to solve problems. You like to tidy up. It’s important to you that all the things are in the right places.

You’re a good communicator. If someone asks you “Can we do _________?” you usually answer in one of the following ways:

  • “Sure! Put it on my list.”
  • “I don't understand why you would want this. Can you explain?”
  • “It sounds cool, but it will cost X time / energy. Is it worth it?”
  • “We can’t do that, but maybe we can do something else to address the underlying need?”

When you don’t know how to do something, you research it and make a plan. Most of these plans are good, but you’re open to feedback and ideas from people outside your discipline. You clearly understand what problem we’re all trying to solve before getting to work on a detailed solution.

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Finji is a hybrid game developer and publisher located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We develop our own original IP and publish games made by small teams from around the world. Our first original IP was Canabalt (2009) and we just launched Overland on Apple Arcade in late 2019. Finji also publishes several award-winning titles, including Tunic, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Night in the Woods, and Wilmot's Warehouse. In addition to our next internal game, we're also supporting I Was a Teenage Exocolonist and The Glory Society's untitled project.

We maintain a creative, collaborative, product-focused environment, where we rely on and can also mentor good communication. We deeply value our collaborators' time and are continually refining our development process to uphold a higher standard.

We will continue to rely on our 10+ years as a remote developer, coordinating our projects through Notion, Slack, and Trello. Our comfort with distributed development makes us especially good at supporting folks who want to travel and work from remote locations for part of the year. As Finji is based in the US Eastern Time Zone, we may ask collaborators from notably different regions to overlap part of their schedule with us in a regular or predictable way in order to maintain a good call routine.

How to Apply

We’re funneling all interested parties through a new email address, bookkeeper@finji.co. Please include the phrase “finji bookkeeper” in the subject line. We will reply to all serious inquiries in a timely fashion.

What to Submit

  • Short cover letter
  • Resumé or CV (with clear indication of shipped products and your role on those teams)
  • Current location (and relocation options)

You should expect to provide references or letters of recommendation if your application advances.

Final Thoughts

Even if you don’t have the longest resumé, we’d still love to hear from you. We are looking for candidates that like to solve problems in creative ways and who are good at communicating and collaborating. In our …experience, experience doesn’t guarantee those particular qualities.

A majority of Finji staff are from backgrounds under-represented in games, so even if you don't see yourself represented in the game industry at large, this might be a good place for you.

About Our Games

Take care of a group of travelers on a post-apocalyptic road-trip across the United States in Overland, a turn-based survival game. Fight scary creatures, rescue stranded survivors, and scavenge for supplies like fuel, first aid kits, and weapons. Decide where to go next, whether it’s upgrading this wrecked car, or rescuing that dog. Just remember, there are consequences for every action. Get ready for close calls, dramatic escapes, hard choices, arguing about whether or not that dog gets rescued, and the end of the world.

Escape the destruction of your city with just one button! Canabalt, the game that popularized the infinite runner genre is back with two-player mode and new challenges. Play any of the 8 new game modes with one or two players, dash across rooftops with four different runners, or just chase that high score in the classic futile race for survival.


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