Sample staff accountant job description

At [Company X], finances are the fuel that keeps our company moving. We’re looking for a qualified staff accountant to help keep our figures and budgets — and those of our clients — on track with unwavering accuracy. The ideal candidate will have natural passion for math and intricate knowledge of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, taxes, and other financial transactions within an organization. The staff accountant will play an important support role, clarifying the financial outlook of our company and its clients with precise, proactive measures.

Objectives of this role

  • Execute mid-level general-ledger account reconciliations, accurate reporting, and data verification, enabling senior staff to analyze options and make financial decisions aligned with company objectives
  • Monitor policies and procedures for assigned departments, and identify and suggest improvements for accounting reports and procedures
  • Study existing and recent legislation to ensure compliance with national and local financial requirements
  • Continue professional education by participating in webinars, workshops, and networking events


  • Conduct mid-level general-ledger account reconciliations, verify accuracy of data, and identify and correct errors made by internal and external personnel
  • Support monthly, quarterly, half-year, and year-end financial closes, including assigned journal entries, balance-sheet account reconciliations, accruals, and overall maintenance of operational management accounts
  • Assist in providing schedules and commentary for operational management account results and variances, and for the production of working-capital cash-flow reports
  • Maintain and update records and reports for profit and loss, taxes, liabilities, and assets
  • Prepare special financial reports, when requested by senior managers, by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends

Required skills and qualifications

  • Professional experience in accounting, such as internship or staff role
  • Knowledge of accounting and corporate finance principles and procedures
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and organize effectively
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of company and client information
  • Desire to continue professional growth through training

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in accounting, business accounting, or finance
  • Certified public accountant (CPA) license or equivalent
  • Experience in audit accounting
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)