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Job Descriptions

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Job Descriptions

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Job Description Senior Staff Accountant

Short Description:

Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.
  • Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.
  • Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.
  • Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.
  • Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems, or long-range tax or estate plans.
  • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals.
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations, to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.

Skills / Requirements / Qualifications

  • Active Listening —Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Mathematics —Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension —Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing —Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking —Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking —Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making —Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving —Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management —Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning —Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Job Zones

  • Considerable Preparation Needed
  • Education:Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
  • Related Experience:A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
  • Job Training:Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
  • Job Zone Examples:Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and special agents.
  • Specific Vocational Preparation in years: (7.0 to < 8.0)

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