Lead Accountant Job Description

Lead Accountant Job Description

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Lead accountant provides accurate billing and customer information from the CSS to ensure integrity and reliability, compliance with regulatory requirements and adherence to generally accepted accounting principles.

Lead Accountant Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Responsible for the accounting of complex transactions typically associated with advanced accounting such as verifying the accuracy of journal vouchers and accounting classifications assigned to various records
Keep up to date with accounting principle developments and regulatory accounting developments in order to ensure the optimization of best practice
Support development of accounting policies and provide accounting guidance to key stakeholders
Daily accounting duties including the preparation of customer invoices /P, cash receipts, collections, corporate credit card reconciliations, balance sheet schedules, and payroll
Reconcile and analyze the accounting and reporting of a major Subsidiary
Complete various ad hoc accounting initiatives as assigned by management
Support General Accounting Manager in preparing deliverables, reports & presentations to Senior Leadership
Develop ability to see patterns or trends in processes, including key accounting estimates, and identify opportunities for standardization and optimization
Oversee and manage accounting staff
Set standards of excellence in Corporate Accounting's General Ledger work products, provide necessary training, and hold staff accountable for adherence

Lead Accountant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Lead Accountant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPA, ACCA, CMA, CIA, CFA, CRA, MT

Education for Lead Accountant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the lead accountant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Education, Business/Administration, Business, Economics, Auditing, Business Law, MBA, Public Administration

Skills for Lead Accountant

Desired skills for lead accountant include:

Blackline
CPM/Essbase
Hyperion Financial Management
PeopleSoft
FASB requirements
Related systems and applications
Excel
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and accounting best practices
Accounting
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Desired experience for lead accountant includes:

A well developed sense of humor helps to bring perspective and energy to the team
MBA and/or CPA, CPA Candidate highly desired
System implantation experience from QuickBooks to a large ERP system a huge PLUS
Preparation of consolidated expense reporting for Business Units, Corporate, Americas Management Board and/or Corporate Finance Center
Analyze reporting of expense and headcount plans, rollforward results and research variances
Presentation of financial period results and variance explanations to senior management

Lead Accountant Examples

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Lead Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of lead accountant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for lead accountant
  • Supporting complex accounting issues
  • The ability to communicate related accounting policies and procedures with staff and with strategic partners
  • Under direct guidance prepares, supports, and processes financial data using various accounting systems in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner
  • Under minimal guidance, independently supports moderately complex accounting and financial analysis
  • Prepares reports efficiently and effectively utilizing technical accounting knowledge
  • Interact with other departments including Treasury, Consolidation and other CFO teams
  • Provide guidance to other staff as appropriate, supporting transfer and retention of knowledge and enabling others to work efficiently and effectively
  • Manage aspects of the monthly close, review work products, and ensure timely completion of tasks
  • Conduct and probe account analyses and reconciliations
  • Prepare management-level reporting, such as financial statements and governance reports
Qualifications for lead accountant
  • Previous working experience within a Big 4
  • Familiarity with payroll systems, including E.P
  • Shape processes and lead development of associated procedural documentation
  • Mentors, trains or shares high-level knowledge with others in order to contribute to the development of the department
  • Manage the daily, quarterly, and annual tasks performed by the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) team
  • Workiva, Sharepoint and Workday – preferred
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Lead Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a lead accountant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for lead accountant
  • Maintains the general ledger and prepares moderately complex financial statements and related reports/analyses and other accounting related duties for assigned legal entities or business segments
  • Relies on experience to apply independent judgment when making recommendations for accounting adjustments, procedural changes and compliance with company procedures and various federal, state and local regulations in all areas
  • Leads responses to requests from regulatory bodies for accounting information and providing financial information to support regulatory and other audits
  • Keeps fully informed of current developments in the accounting field, industry, regulations and Company procedures as they apply to assigned work areas and the department in general
  • Manage vendor relations, internal customer service relations with fellow managers and employees
  • Will provide internal and federal audit support related to his/her projects
  • Ensure invoices are in compliance with customer contracts
  • Ensure campus funds are handled and recorded properly, according to policy, and with a “Customer Friendly” attitude
  • Maintain the cashiering system and provide training to others on an ongoing basis
  • Prepare & post entries, correct errors, analyze data, compile statistics & trends, and provide data analytics
Qualifications for lead accountant
  • Interact and cooperate with auditors to process smooth and correct auditing process for required entities
  • Ensure filling for statutory purposes in good quality and in time
  • Participate on new projects
  • Support with ad-hoc project
  • Ensure approval for assigned requests (Aravo, SSS, ING)
  • Ensure correct automatic records in Oracle and SAP for statutory ledger (FA, stat load )
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Lead Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a lead accountant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for lead accountant
  • Develop general corporate tax technical expertise specialized state tax knowledge
  • Analyze complex financial information and prepare/review deliverables for the tax financial reporting process
  • Monitor key state tax legislative developments
  • Assist in managing audits by tax authorities and in responding to notices
  • Actively lead and participate in Department or Company initiatives
  • The Service Center Accountant - Lead will be responsible for training and guiding Service Center Accountants
  • Review and approve service center allocations and service center plans
  • Responsible for maintaining a high level of customer service within our team and among other teams we work with by creating transparent processes, effective communications, and developing ways to eliminate process bottlenecks
  • Under general direction, analyzes and reviews variances in financial results from budget and prior periods
  • Reviews work performed by Accountant I and Accountant II team members for accuracy and completeness
Qualifications for lead accountant
  • Some general ledger experience preferred
  • Prior experience with an ERP is strongly preferred
  • Prior experience with an expense system is strongly preferred
  • CPA or working toward is preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance or other Business degree
  • Previous experience supporting federal, state and local government clients domestically and internationally preferred
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Lead Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of lead accountant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for lead accountant
  • Compiles, consolidates and analyzes accounting and finance information for the production of statements, schedules, filings and reports of a moderately complex nature
  • Reconciles and adjusts, as necessary, journal entries and accounting classifications assigned to various records
  • Coordinates accounting matters and reporting with other departments, locations, divisions and external customers
  • Provide assistance to general accounting with the monthly close process
  • Prepares the Company’s quarterly earnings press release, financial statements and notes to the financial statements
  • Prepares earnings per share calculation and other financial measures used in the monthly financial statements
  • Designs and maintains different reporting structures to facilitate the reporting of results for management, tax, audit, legal and external consolidated and segment reporting
  • Designs, updates, implements and ensures proper documentation of internal control procedures in compliance with Sarbanes Oxley Section 404
  • Provides internal and external auditors with information required to perform annual audits and quarterly reviews
  • Prepares the Company's monthly segment calculation
Qualifications for lead accountant
  • SAP experience & experience in accounts payable
  • Understanding of FAR, GAAP, CAS, and SOX requirements
  • Conducts research to advise management of the tax implications of BEPS and transfer pricing legislation
  • Preparation and filing of documentation required under U.S. federal and foreign tax laws and regulations
  • Involved in developing, modifying, and executing company polices in the area of BEPS and transfer pricing which affect immediate operations and may also have company wide effect
  • Conducts and documents moderately complex tax audits
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Lead Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a lead accountant. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for lead accountant
  • Support the day to day operations, including GL posting, Fixed Asset accounting, inter-co accounting
  • Maintain accounting records to ensure compliance with requirements under statutory rules, accounting standards, corporate policies and procedures
  • Participates in migration of accounting processes from London to BBS and support migration of other functions
  • Oversee accounting statements and performance reporting for ITS, taking into consideration policies, industry standards, procedures and requirements
  • Assist with the control of assets, budgetary planning, expenditures control and accounting for revenue and operation costs
  • Assists with preparation of annual Medicare Cost report work papers
  • Assist in annual budget process, preparing schedules and researching accounts
  • Prepares statistical reporting for the hospital
  • Assist the Controller, Assistant Controller, and CFO with budgets, audits, and special projects as they arise
  • Reconcile and complete balance sheet account reconciliations, including ensuring that outstanding items are cleared in a timely manner
Qualifications for lead accountant
  • Preparation and filing of the tax returns required under U.S. federal and foreign tax laws and regulations
  • Working knowledge of Systems Application Planning-Enterprise Resource Planning Central Component (SAP-ECC)
  • Ability to multi-task & work with minimum supervision
  • Results-oriented & willing to explore new challenges
  • Able to multi-task and hit target due dates
  • Versatile team player with a no job is too big, no job is too small attitude

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