Sample Accountant Job Description

Job Description

At [CompanyX], our financial systems are the engine that enables us to power forward. We are searching for a qualified accountant to help keep our [client’s] finances meticulously correct and powerfully informative. The accountant will have both an immediate and lasting impact on all company operations, helping us to strategize savings, perform impactful audits, furnish leadership with crucial information, and (ultimately) grow our financial position. [CompanyX] is committed to serving both customers and employees in the best way possible, and it starts with keeping our own finances accurately reported, meticulously organized, and vitally strategic.

Objectives of this Role

  • Forecast industry trends, anticipating movements in the market, the interests of consumers, and the efficiency of our business itself, and advise leadership accordingly
  • Execute accurate reporting, enabling the department to analyze options and make financial recommendations that align with company objectives
  • Lead the company in securing our financial information, and that of our customers, and spearhead or participate in special projects as needed within the department, within a broader finance environment, and/or cross-functionally
  • Periodically improve and document all accounting control procedures, identifying system issues and making suggestions for improvements
  • Comply with federal, state, and local financial requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing compliance, and advising management on needed actions
  • Continue your training with classes, workshops, webinars, professional publications, professional networks and associations

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

  • Gather all necessary reports and detailed support both periodically and on-demand, including balance sheets, profit and loss statements, revenue forecasts, budgets, and cash-flow statements
  • Ensure the integrity of accounting information and reconcile any financial discrepancies by performing or directing forensic research of accounting issues for compliance, and establish quality over transactions and reporting
  • Handle AP, verifying payment documentation, referencing outstanding bills, updating debt balance, and conducting disbursement
  • Review and reconcile the general ledger, identifying and thoroughly investigating any discrepancies and taking the proper corrective actions to resolve them
  • Conduct month-end, quarter-end, and year-end close processes to verify all entries have been created and posted, ensuring completeness, accuracy, and cohesiveness of information
  • Manage administrative staff within department and transfer accounting/reporting knowledge to other departments

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in accounting, business accounting, or finance
  • 5+ years corporate accounting experience
  • Personal integrity; ability to keep customer and company confidences
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting and corporate finance principles and procedures
  • Experience in audit and international accounting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of accounting software platforms, including X, Y, Z
  • Natural proficiency with or passion about math
  • Strong detail and deadline orientation
  • Extensive knowledge of GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S.)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license
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