Staff Accountant
Culinary Institute of America - Saint Helena, CA

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The Staff Accountant provides a high level accounting expertise. This position responsible for maintaining and monitoring general ledger activities as well as reconciling general ledger accounts. The position is also responsible for assisting in providing analysis of campus financial operations and ensures that financial transactions are recorded timely, accurately and in accordance with U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). The position acts as the primary resource to provide assistance to the Campus Controller.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

• Prepares monthly/year-end journal entries while maintaining proper supporting documentation, providing a solid audit trail
• Reconciles various asset/liability accounts on a monthly basis
• Audits expense reports
• Reviews accounts payable invoices to ensure that the charges are reasonable and appropriate
• Monitors the processing of accounts payable invoices to ensure timely payment
• Reviews accounts payable statements for past due amounts and credits not taken
• Provides outstanding customer service to students and other department employees
• Generates monthly and ad-hoc financial reports to facilitate review by the departments and researches questions generated by departments
• Acts as accounting point-person for the purch sing/inventory system (i.e. establishing “classes,” providing proper access to classes by chef and setting up packages and templates for chef use)
• Assists in the month-end purchasing department physical inventory by providing inventory sheets
• Assists the purchasing department in reconciling the month-end physical inventory to the accounting records
• Monitors staff and faculty payroll activity to ensure that all hours are entered accurately and approved properly in Kronos
• Coordinates student payroll with the main campus and assists students and employees with payroll-related questions
• Assists Campus Controller in various projects including the annual budgeting process and monthly/annual financial analysis

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.

Experience:
• Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in an Accounting position.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience in automated financial systems, preferably Oracle
• Experience in automated purchasing/inventory systems, preferably EATEC
• Experience using a payroll and time keeping system (Kronos, ADP, AccessHR, etc.)
• Experience in monthly financial analysis
• Experience in preparing/reviewing budgets

REQUIRED SKILLS

• Knowledge and understanding of U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)
• Ability to reconcile general ledger accounts that may include complex transactions
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
• Ability to utilize Microsoft Office effectively, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Ability to work well in collaboration with other employees to provide information and answer questions
• Ability to work accurately and efficiently, with an attention to detail
• Commitment to providing excellent customer service
• Ability to evaluate and resolve complex problems

WORKING CONDITIONS

• Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends based upon business needs.
• Regular work requires a great deal of sitting and standing for extended periods.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs (such as file boxes, binders, etc.)

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