Accounting Manager
Watco Companies - Overland Park, KS

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General Summary:
The Manager - Accounting is an important member of the Accounting and Finance team and is responsible and accountable for certain assigned accounting support functions for Watco Companies, L.L.C.: Transportation Accounting, Transload Accounting, Mechanical Accounting and accounting for other potential operating units of Watco Companies, its parent company, subsidiaries or any related sister companies. This individual will ensure the supporting processes for the Accounting of these functional areas is designed, documented, and operating efficiently and effectively to meet internal and external customer needs.

The Manager - Accounting is successful if they meet or exceed expectations in these general areas:

• Consistent application of Watco's Customer First Foundation Principles into all functions they manage

• Developing and ensuring processes are documented and operating effectively and efficiently in accordance with company and department goals and expectations

• Developing the individuals and/or teams underneath them to properly execute the functions and processes for which they are responsible

• Reviewing and monitoring financial and transactional details to ensure their areas of responsibility are in control

• Analysis of data and trends related to their areas of responsibility to provide critical financial and operating information and guidance to Accounting and Finance customers

• Active involvement in continuous process improvement efforts (self, functional and cross-functional)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.

• Managing the assigned teams of the their assigned segment. This includes setting goals and performance expectations, training, measuring and monitoring performance, rewarding and maintaining good performance, improving standard and substandard performance.

• Ensuring the functions and processes under their management are documented, operating efficiently and effectively and meeting the various needs of their customers.

• Meeting with internal and external customers to review financials, highlight issues and trends, solve problems and improve processes.

• Reviewing and approving general ledger journal entries to ensure a complete and accurate general ledger.

• Reviewing internal financial statements during and outside of the accounting close process

• Performing control functions including but not limited to: account reconciliations, trend and variance analysis, reviewing transactions against established policies and procedures

• Direct point of contact for information requests, questions, or comments concerning assigned responsibilities

• Proactively communicating with customers to anticipate and solve problems

• Involvement in the budgeting and forecasting process as required


4 year college degree in accounting highly desired along with five to ten years of relevant experience

Certificates and Licenses:
CPA highly desired

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Customer focus

• Strong working knowledge of GAAP, including the ability to perform technical research

• Strong working knowledge of accounting in similar or complementary industries

• Working knowledge of SAP desired

• High level of initiative and self-motivation, a must

• High level of problem solving skills, a must

• Process documentation and process management skills

• Ability to work independently, as part of a cross-functional team, and as a manager

• Proven ability to hire, manage, develop, grow, and motivate a high performing team

• High degree of adaptability

• Ability to effectively manage projects

• Ability to effectively delegate and follow-up on tasks and assignments

• Ability to effectively plan, prioritize and manage tasks to completion

• Ability to learn new tasks quickly

• Ability to manage upward

• High desire to learn new skills and be challenged

• Effective written and oral communication skills, both one on one and in larger group settings

• Detail oriented, yet able to see, understand, and convey “the big picture”

• Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook

• Proficiency in Visio, a plus

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Must be able to stand and walk to file cabinets, office equipment and supplies, and other offices 20% of time.

Must be able to sit at desk to perform duties 80% of time.

Must be able to use hands to finger and feel keys on keyboards and calculators 60% of time.

Must be able to reach with hands and arms to file, grasp, and maneuver paperwork; and/or reach and operate personal computer and office equipment 100% of time.

Must be able to stoop or kneel to reach file drawers, cabinets 5% of time.

Must have close vision and ability to adjust focus to operate personal computer, calculate, compile and enter information from timesheets and timecards.

Must be able to talk and hear to communicate with co-workers, workers in other locations, business associates, and management 100% of time.

Physical Dimensions:
The employee in this job is required to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally.

Work Environment:
Supervisory Responsibilities:
Employees in this role have direct supervisory responsibility for one or more team members

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as required.

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