Birkman is a people-focused company. Our product assesses the depth of personality to help people succeed as individuals and members of an organization. Birkman, as an instrument, helps organizations value individual diversity on the personality level and communicate more effectively to maximize performance. So it’s no coincidence that the insights produced by The Birkman Method make up the foundation of our own award-winning company culture.
Encouraging individuals to capitalize on their strengths is a common theme in our organization. At Birkman, we understand that all people have a unique set of underlying interests, motivators, environmental expectations, and behavioral traits. Acknowledging and accepting these differences is critical to our success, so we nurture a work environment that supports individual styles and gets more out of each employee’s talent and experience.
Best and Brightest
We are proud winners of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 at the local and national levels. Best and Brightest winners represent exceptional places to work and companies that promote better business, stronger communities, and richer lives.
Taking Care of Our Team
As a family-owned company, we strongly value work/life balance and we’re proud to offer our employees a competitive suite of benefits. Our programs come with the resources to help employees balance professional success with their priorities outside of the office.
We’re looking to grow our Birkman team! Can you see yourself fitting in?
Birkman International provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
We are looking for an Accounting Manager to manage all aspects of accounts receivable and accounts payable for Birkman International. The Accounting Manager leads a team of specialists to deliver accurate financial results, operational excellence, and a scalable cross-functional platform to help drive Birkman International’s long-term growth. This position reports to the company’s Corporate Controller.
Birkman has been in operation in Houston for 70 years, with a strong local footprint and a global impact. Birkman is a SaaS supplier of reports and associated training in the personality and perceptual assessment industry and operates in 24 languages globally. We are a second-generation family-owned business with a strong culture and have been recognized as one of the best and brightest employers in Houston six times in a row.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for all activities in the overall Accounts Receivable and Payable functions.
Establish strategic and collaborative methods of increasing cash flow, reducing bad debt, eliminating waste, and increasing sales volume.
Simplify existing complex processes and systems for account reconciliations and month-end closing.
Supervise and manage a team of Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable specialists.
Standardize processes and procedures and continuously improve the financial and operational processes of the group; Assist in the design, implementation, and monitoring efforts of internal controls relevant to the Company’s business objectives.
Review and/or Approve proposed sales contracts and orders to ensure they conform to established processes.
Tracks trends of financial transactions and provide analysis to support strategic decision-making for the company.
Ensure effective AR and AP processes and implement efficient process changes consistent with best practices:
Oversee the overall receivable process, including all billing, credit, collections, cash applications, and accounts receivable operations at Birkman International, Inc.
Manage the AR Specialist position(s) and the overall Accounts Receivable cycle to ensure accurate and timely billings of Birkman products and services.
Identify ways to mitigate credit risks; Manage collection activities such as sending follow-up inquiries, negotiating with past due accounts, and referring accounts to collection agency.
Review receivable aging and coordinate with the appropriate Sales Manager and Client Relations department (internal) and Collection Agency (external) to improve receivable turnover.
Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of customer billings throughout the billing cycle; Reconciliations of Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, revenues, deferred income, and certain expense accounts.
Manage customer relationships and oversees the handling of customer inquiries, complaints, and dispute resolutions.
Resolve exceptional situations in the receivables process, calculate complex provisions; advise on debtor risk mitigation methods.
Manage setup of Vendor/Supplier payment portals with clients to ensure invoices are submitted according to their requirements and paid on a timely basis.
Responsible for the entire Accounts Payables process; calculate the impact of creditors on financial ratios.
Manage the sales tax accounts for all entities that Birkman remits sales tax to.
Ensure timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers and maintain accurate records and control reports.
Collaborate with other financial staff to project cash flows and allocations.
Ensure that Accounts Payable transactions are timely and accurately processed.
Review Expense Reports and submitted vendor invoices to ensure compliance with relevant Company policies and procedures.
Oversee the disbursements of referral fees and sales commissions based on agreed-upon arrangements by the company.
Manage vendor relationships and oversees the handling of inquiries, complaints, and dispute resolutions.
Serve as the backup for all AR and AP positions if required, and ensure that the staff is cross-trained to provide coverage when an employee is on PTO or otherwise not at work.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration; CPA or CGMA candidate preferred.
Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in AR and AP processing and at least 3 years of managerial experience in those areas.
Detail-oriented and proven ability to handle confidential information properly.
Able to research and prepare relevant information to support business decision-making.
Working knowledge and experience with Sage Intacct or other automated commercial accounting systems.
Excellent computer literacy is required, particularly in using spreadsheets. Highly proficient in Excel and other Microsoft Office products.
Highly effective and professional communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records and to learn new programs, processes, and technology.
Ability to work and succeed in a dynamic and fast‐paced environment with multiple and changing priorities while establishing and meeting deadlines; Has a growth mindset.
Ability to work independently and to exercise professional judgment in the position’s capacity and expected professional level.
Customer Service Agent/Receptionist
Birkman International, the leader in workplace assessments, has an opening for a Customer Service Agent/ Receptionist at its headquarters in Houston, Texas. This position will play a key role in the first impressions of our customers. This position’s primary responsibilities will be managing and routing incoming phone calls, providing customer service, and managing visitor access to the office.
The successful candidate will have experience with reception desk job responsibilities along with proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite, and be comfortable with learning additional software systems are necessary. This job is for an enthusiastic and professional self-starter who thrives in a fast‐paced, collaborative environment. It is critical that any candidate be comfortable managing multiple calls and prioritizing tasks while maintaining high levels of accuracy in the work that they do. This position will report to the Senior Manager of Product Operations and is not eligible for remote work. Hours will typically be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday but may be adjusted as departmental workload fluctuates.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Answer incoming calls, screen, and reroute to the appropriate staff member
Greet and announce all guests/visitors and maintain accurate security access logs
Resolve Tier 1 product or service problems by clarifying the customer’s complaint; determining the cause of the problem; selecting and explaining the best solution to solve the problem; expediting correction or adjustment; following up to ensure resolution
Research customer accounts in company software as requested
Assist with projects assigned to the Client Relations Group
Manage all CRP (Client Referral Program) processes
Take care of individual requests that come through our CRM, Salesforce
Maintain the lobby area, conference rooms, and training room
Prepare and ship all Birkman Store orders for both external and internal customers
Perform other duties as assigned
Three years of experience in a customer service or hospitality role is preferred
High School Diploma or equivalence required
College degree preferred
Detail-oriented with a high degree of accuracy
Strong professional communication skills
Ability to manage high productivity despite numerous interruptions
Advanced organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, process work rapidly, set and adjust priorities based on business needs and judgment, work under pressure, and follow through with assigned tasks with limited supervision
Proficient knowledge and experience with using Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint
Experience with Zendesk (issue ticketing system) and Salesforce (CRM) preferred
High degree of comfort learning new software
Want to make an impact on a team that is changing how psychometrics are impacting the workplace? Birkman International is a long-standing and highly regarded Houston-based company established almost 70 years ago. We have an opportunity for a Sales Specialist with one to three years of experience to help us manage and increase our client base. We are looking for high-achieving candidates who are excellent at building relationships and supporting a team in a fast-paced environment. Our key market is Human Resources, and our expertise is in social sciences and driving high-performing organizations. Our vision and company culture are second to none, providing you with a career path, professional development, and an unbeatable reputation.
Serving Together in the Community
As a family company, we prioritize giving back to our local community. Throughout the year, we seek opportunities to get together as a group and have a little fun while giving back to our community. One of our all-time favorites events is our Annual Community Service Day. Dressed in our Birkman colors, we close the office to volunteer as a team at a local organization in the community. We truly value the opportunity to give back with our assessments, our time, and our resources.