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We Are Hiring: Data Analyst Intern

Job Description:

The Parable Group is looking for a Data Analyst Intern to join its Business Intelligence team. This team is responsible for managing large retail, product and customer data sets that need ongoing management, integration maintenance, and enrichment. The data comes primarily from independent retailer POS (point of sale) systems with nightly updates to transaction, customer, and inventory files.

The ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities, skills, and experience:

Responsibilities

  • Support members of the Business Intelligence team with strategic projects and goals
  • Complete research projects as assigned, which will include web-based vendor research, phone calls with clients and partners and online surveys.
  • Contact and follow up with independent retail store managers regarding their data feeds
  • Regular monitoring of retail data feeds and issue resolution
  • Assessment and evaluation of retail store data feed accuracy, freshness, and anomalies
  • Make recommendations by phone or email to retailers and data providers for improving their data quality

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Project & task management – strong ability to prioritize a variety of projects and tasks
  • Good communicator – ability to engage with customers, many of whom are independent retail business owners and managers
  • Attention to detail – appreciation for detail and precision in work activities
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills – ability to manipulate and manage data sets in Excel spreadsheets
  • Critical Thinking – ability to learn how to look at numbers, trends, and data and come to new conclusions based on the findings.
  • Actively pursuing or already obtained degree in Business or Engineering fields

This paid internship is expected to require 10-20 hours per week from January to June 2019, at $15/hr.

A full-time employment offer may be extended to qualified candidates.

This part-time role will be based out of The Parable Group’s San Luis Obispo office. Please submit your resume to Erik Ernstrom at erik.ernstrom@parable.com to apply for this position.

About Us

The Parable Group is a privately-owned multi-service Christian marketing agency based in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since 1985, we’ve served over 1,000 Christian brands; including retailers, publishers, churches, non-profits, film studios and more. Today, we pair decades of Christian consumer data with proven business practices, cutting-edge digital technologies, and thoughtful design to drive measurable results for those we serve. For more information visit www.parablegroup.com.

We are Hiring: Staff Accountant

Job Description:

The Parable Group is looking for an organized Staff Accountant to join our team. The Staff Accountant position will work closely with our other financial operations personnel and handle day-to-day bookkeeping. We’re looking for a passionate individual to join our organization and provide ongoing improvements to our record keeping and more insights to our day to day financials.

The ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities, skills, and experience:

Responsibilities

  • Perform monthly, quarterly and annual accounting activities including reconciliations of bank and credit card accounts, coordination and completion of annual audits, and reviewing financial reports/support as necessary
  • Complete closing of the books and prepare financial statements monthly
  • Analyze and report on financial status including income statement variances, communicating financial results to management
  • Manage general ledger, accruals, and reconcile across business units
  • Manage depreciation and amortization schedules
  • Manage expense report process and monthly internal expense and margin audit.
  • Recommend financial actions by analyzing accounting options.
  • Improve systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions
  • Implement and manage accounting operations, systems access and process controls
  • Oversee taxes and abide by federal regulations

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years corporate finance or accounting experience
  • Expertise with QuickBooks, Intacct, Sage, Netsuite or similar accounting software
  • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office, accounting software and databases
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Project & task management – strong ability to prioritize a variety of projects and tasks
  • Good communicator – ability to engage with customers, many of whom are independent retail business owners and managers
  • Attention to detail – appreciation for detail and precision in work activities
  • Additional experience in Audit and International accounting a plus
  • CPA certification preferred

This is a part-time role requiring 20-25 hours per week. Compensation DOE.

This part-time role will be based out of The Parable Group’s San Luis Obispo office. Please submit your resume to Greg Squires by email to greg.squires@parable.com to apply for this position.

About Us

The Parable Group is a privately-owned multi-service Christian marketing agency based in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since 1985, we’ve served over 1,000 Christian brands; including retailers, publishers, churches, non-profits, film studios and more. Today, we pair decades of Christian consumer data with proven business practices, cutting-edge digital technologies, and thoughtful design to drive measurable results for those we serve. For more information visit www.parablegroup.com.

Greg Squires Honored with Top 20 Under 40 Award

Our very own Greg Squires was selected as one of the twenty winners of the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s 14th annual Top 20 Under 40 Award. The competition honors young professionals who do exemplary work in their professions and in their communities.

“These 20 young professionals have made our community a better, more vibrant place to live and work,” the judges said. “Excelling not only in their day jobs, each one gives generously of their time and talent to help others. We look forward to how much more they will accomplish in the years to come.”

Congrats Greg! We’re honored and privileged to work for you and with you as we collectively work to draw people closer to Christ.

Read the full article here.

The Parable Group Welcomes Franklin Goldberg As Chief Marketing Officer

The Parable Group is pleased to announce and welcome Franklin Goldberg as Chief Marketing Officer. Goldberg brings 20 years of experience marketing and selling Christian content including books, Bibles, and software.  

Goldberg will be responsible for further expanding The Parable Group’s in-demand digital marketing agency, which is currently experiencing rapid growth—more than doubling prior year sales. Goldberg will expand offerings to include new services that boost discoverability such as influencer marketing and customer journey mapping. 

Goldberg served as a pastor for 13 years, operated an online Christian bookstore for 12 years, and since 2010, he has held leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Product teams at Christian publishing and software companies. 

He brings a broad content background ranging from children’s books to textbooks, and having served in Christian ministry, retailing, and publishing environments, Goldberg’s diverse experiences complement The Parable Group’s strengths in retail marketing, digital campaigns, and Christian audience data. 

Franklin Goldberg joins the marketing company 4 months after Greg Squires moved into ownership and leadership of The Parable Group. Squires bought the company from Steve Potratz after Potratz had founded and operated the company for over 30 years. 

“I am excited and honored to join this team with its commendable legacy of serving the Christian community,” says Goldberg. 

Squires added, “Franklin is not only one of the sharpest marketing minds in this industry, he also has a unique passion and uncanny ability to connect content with Christian audiences. I am so pleased to integrate him into our team to contribute towards growth.”

Get It Local. Today! to Launch September 1

As you may know, we’ve spent the last 10-12 months working on the web-based Get It Local. Today! program alongside the folks at Covenant Group. Together we’ve been enrolling retail store participants, listening to publisher feedback, and tweaking the platform in response. We’re delighted to announce that Get It Local. Today! is going live on September 1st.

The platform offers shoppers receiving promotional emails from publishers, or shopping on publisher websites, the option of buying products at local Christian stores as an alternative to Amazon and big-box retailers.

Thank you for your interest, encouragement and support of this initiative through our development stage.  Hundreds of retailers have signed up for the program—and virtually every publisher we have spoken with has been overwhelmingly supportive and excited about it.

Since this platform represents a true nationwide and industry-wide store network, here’s what we’re asking publishers to do as they support the program:

  • Feature the Get It Local. Today! buy link on all consumer-facing websites on which they offer retailer (online or brick & mortar) buy links.
  • TOP (or priority) placement above other retail entities since our link features a nationwide network of retailers, not a single retail operation.
  • Include one of our Get It Local. Today! buy links in as many of the following promotional placements as possible:
    • Consumer e-blasts
    • Websites of authors they publish with
    • Blogs and social media promotions
    • Print ads
    • Encourage their authors to reference “GetItLocalToday.com” in media interviews
  • Feature Get It Local. Today! in any consumer-facing print ads where they normally feature retailer logos, and also that they encourage their publicists and authors to reference “GetItLocalToday.com” in any media interviews they conduct.

This initiative is all about helping those interested in Christian publications find them in the most complete and helpful sources available in their immediate area.

If you’re not already signed up for Get It Local. Today!, it’s not too late—plus, it’s free! It only takes about five minutes to give permission for your store to be listed and set up for data reporting to let customers know the product is in stock at your store.

Sign up now at:

 www.GetItLocalToday.com/enroll

 

Erik.ernstrom@parable.com

805-329-4005