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Staff Accountant in Apple Valley, MN at Accounting Now

Date Posted: 3/11/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    3/11/2020
  • Job ID:
    362377

Job Description

Our client, located in the south metro, has an immediate need for a Staff Accountant on a direct hire basis.

MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

1. Maintains general ledger for assigned accounts and prepares and enters monthly journal entries within the timelines established in the monthly close calendar. Primary areas of focus would include, but not limited to, the accounting for advertising spend, gift card activity, cash over/short entries, warranties and other general accrual entries.

2. Reviews entries and account activity prior to the close of month end to ensure the accuracy of financial data and reasonableness of balance sheet accounts.

3. Partners with IT and Retail Stores in resolving cash over/short discrepancies on a regular basis.

4. Prepares monthly analysis of profit & loss variances to budget and completes substantive general ledger reconciliations in the format designated by Finance management each month.

5. Identifies and promotes changes in procedures and reporting that increase efficiency and reduce data keying and manual intervention.

6. Reviews accounting methodology for assigned areas and proposes changes when operationally necessary.

7. Reconciles assigned accounting areas, researches unreconciled items, and communicates any out of balance issues to supervisor. Also assists in preparation of other reconciliation and reports as needed.

8. Reconciles POS settlements, researches unreconciled items, and works with payment settlement provider to investigate variances. Prepares monthly analysis of aged items for review and escalation of items for write-off consideration.

9. Prepares process documentation for assigned areas, assists in the preparation of documentation for other processes, and periodically assists in refreshing process documentation across the team. 10. Acts as a backup to other team members related to payment settlement reconciliations and other daily reconciliation and integrity checks.

11. Complies with outside auditors including preparation of work papers as assigned and answers auditor's questions regarding policy and procedures and account reconciliations.

12. Keeps supervisor informed of important developments, potential problems and related information necessary for effective management. Coordinates and communicates plans and activities with others, as appropriate to ensure a coordinated work effort and team approach.

13. Performs related work as apparent or assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Bachelor's degree in Accounting required.
* At least 3 years of accounting experience; Retail experience preferred.
* Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within Accounting/Finance, specifically Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, substantive account reconciliations, and financial statements.
* Understands basic profit and loss reporting layout and flow.
* Preferred experience in JD Edwards and/or Microsoft Dynamics AX.
* Proficient in financial software including in Microsoft Excel and Access.
* Exposure to other financial systems including Access, BI Reporting Tools, Point of Sale systems and reconciliation tools preferred.
* Demonstrated ability to exercise strong judgment and able to work well independently.
* Detail oriented and analytical.
* Able to prioritize and multi-task effectively.
* Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of Company personnel and those outside the Company.