WHO IS A SENIOR ACCOUNTANT?
A Senior Accountant is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the agency general ledger, establishing internal control procedures, completing monthly reports and other accounting activities. As a senior accountant, you will analyze complex financial records and reports. You oversee the company’s accounting operations. Senior accountants regulate and authenticate financial transactions. You maintain a ledger to ensure effectiveness and accuracy of all accounting tasks.
- Verify, allocate, post and reconcile accounts payable and receivable
- Produce error-free accounting reports and present their results
- Analyze financial information and summarize financial status
- Spot errors and suggest ways to improve efficiency and spending
- Provide technical support and advice on management accounting
- Review and recommend modifications to accounting systems and procedures
- Manage accounting assistants and bookkeepers
- Participate in financial standards setting and in forecast process
- Provide input into department’s goal setting process
- Prepare financial statements and produce budget according to schedule
- Assist with tax audits and tax returns
- Direct internal and external audits to ensure compliance
- Plan, assign and review staff’s work
- Support month-end and year-end close process
- Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
- BS degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant field
- Relevant certification certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
- 5+ years of accounting experience.
- Working knowledge of tax laws and GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles).
- Excellent financial analysis skills.
- Great communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Strong organizational and stress management skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly with Excel.
- Able to train and manage staff.
- Ability to work with little to no supervision.
- Knows how to use accounting software (SAGE, QuickBooks etc.)
A Senior Accountant, or Chief Accountant, is responsible for ensuring that accounts and financial records meet established standards and criteria. Their duties include analyzing financial documents, recording and verifying transactions, as well as producing payroll.