SunPower Corporation Senior Technical Accountant in San Jose, California

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.

The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%. But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.

SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.

SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.

We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


SunPower is seeking a Senior Accountant of Technical Accounting to join a world-class dynamic controllership organization at SunPower’s headquarters in San Jose, CA. The position with research, analyze, and assist in determining the appropriate accounting treatment of complex transactions and new GAAP accounting standards. The Senior Accountant of Technical Accounting plays a crucial role over stock compensation, leases, mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, derivatives, and hedging and will participate in numerous special projects. This is a highly visible position within the Corporate Accounting team with an excellent career path reporting to the Technical Accounting Manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Performs research, determines financial reporting and disclosure impact, and prepares technical memos to support the Company's accounting treatment of significant and complex transactions and newly issued accounting pronouncements

  • Prepares the monthly and quarterly calculation of stock compensation expense and derivative and hedge accounting entries, including related disclosures

  • Contributes to merger and acquisition activities, including due-diligence, third-party valuations, and purchase price accounting

  • Contributes to the adoption and implementation of new accounting standards such as ASC 842

  • Contributes to presentations for senior leadership and the Audit Committee, as appropriate

  • Contributes to various department and organizational special projects as assigned, including collaboration with the External & Financial Reporting and IFRS Reporting teams

  • Assists in maintaining and improving SOX compliance as it relates to technical accounting processes

  • Builds a strong cross-functional peer group bond within the global finance group, internal audit and operations to ensure compliance with US GAAP

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of related experience

  • OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience

Preferred Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent degree plus an active US CPA; other out of country designations may be considered

  • 3-5 years of public auditing or industry experience with increasing scope of responsibilities

  • Must possess strong knowledge of SEC rules and regulations and U.S. accounting principles, IFRS experience a plus

  • Initiate work as a self-starter, learn quickly, work independently and motivate others

  • Excellent written communication skills – sample documentation may be requested

  • Ability to convey simple to complex financial information to individuals and groups

  • Ability to work well on large and small cross-functional teams

  • Ability to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment

  • Detail oriented and excellent organizational and analytical skills

  • Comfortable with changing environment and responsibilities

  • Team player with a “do whatever it takes” attitude

  • Big 4 auditing experience (strong preference)

  • A mix of both public accounting and industry experience

  • IFRS experience or knowledge

  • Knowledge of ASC 321, 323, 718, 815, 805, and 840

  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Office Suite


Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

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Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation

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