Senior Accounting
Job Description

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General Purpose

The senior accountant is responsible for applying accepted accounting principles and procedures to analyze financial information, prepare accurate and timely financial reports and statements and ensure appropriate accounting control procedures.

Main Job Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities

  • compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts
  • ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures
  • make certain all financial reporting deadlines are met
  • prepare financial management reports
  • ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close processes
  • establish and monitor the implementation and maintenance of accounting control procedures
  • resolve accounting discrepancies and irregularities
  • continuous management and support of budget and forecast activities
  • monitor and support taxation requirements
  • develop and maintain financial databases
  • prepare for financial audit and coordinate the audit process
  • oversee accurate and appropriate recording and analysis of revenues and expenses
  • evaluate and advise on business operations including revenue and expenditure trends, financial commitments and future revenues
  • collect and analyze financial information to recommend or develop efficient use of resources and procedures, provide strategic recommendations and maintain solutions to business and financial problems
  • ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations and integrity of financial data

Education and Experience

  • accounting degree or equivalent
  • knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices and principles
  • knowledge of economic principles
  • knowledge of auditing practices and principles
  • knowledge of applicable laws, codes and regulations
  • in-depth experience of accounting computer applications
  • usually a minimum of 3 years experience in the management of financial systems and budgets, financial reporting, financial data analysis, auditing, taxation and providing financial advice

Key Skills and Competencies

  • attention to detail and accuracy
  • planning and organizing
  • strategic thinking
  • strong communication skills
  • information and task monitoring
  • problem identification and analysis
  • judgment and problem-solving
  • supervisory skills
  • teamwork
  • stress tolerance

Junior Accounting Job Description

General Purpose

General accounting including the preparation of journal entries, maintenance of balance sheet schedules and ledgers and account and bank reconciliations. Assisting with monthly closings and account analysis and supporting the senior accountant in carrying out the responsibilities of the accounting department.

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Latest Update - Accountant Salary reports that the average annual salary for Senior Accountant jobs in the United States is $85,590 as of March 2023.

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