Financial Analyst
Financial Analyst - Lockport, NY

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Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting or an Associate’s Degree with a minimum of 3 years relevant accounting experience Strong verbal and written communication skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office is essential. Ability to prioritize tasks and demonstrate solid organizational skills Attention to detail and ability to multi-task in fast paced, challenging environment Strong analytical and quantitative abilities High degree of initiative and sense of urgency Strive to attain department goals as an integral part of the cooperative effort of the team.

Job Description:
Overview: Participate on a team that reports the financial results of a $33 billion multi-entity publicly traded bank holding company. Actively involved in the daily accounts payable and fixed asset operations and providing support to both internal customers and external vendors. Key Responsibilities Ongoing support to internal customers related to the Accounts Payable and Fixed Asset functions. Correspond with external vendors and respond to various inquiries. Maintain vendor master files and ensure W-9 compliance. Maintenance to the systems and processes surrounding fixed assets, prepaids and property – both leased and owned, ensuring proper accounting, and ongoing analysis of related expenses. Prepare annual 1099 forms and file with Internal Revenue Service. Analyze and review vendor invoices to determine if appropriate sales tax treatment has been applied. Prepare and remit sales and use tax filings to various State agencies. Reconcile various general ledger and checking accounts and prepare account aging analyses. Ability to identify, track, analyze and report on costs/expenses related to specific projects and cost centers. Assist in the month-end close process, prepare variance analyses, and produce month-to-month reports. Update and maintain the accounting policies and related internal controls Contribute in the development/ implementation of new procedures and process improvements to streamline current operations and increase overall efficiency. Assist in research in response to state tax auditors, external auditors, and internal audit inquiries Perform special projects as assigned Establish relationships across the organization to ensure a solid understanding of the operations of the bank and its subsidiaries. Must adhere to pertinent laws, regulations, First Niagara’s Compliance Policy and external compliance requirements.

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