Accountant I - Operations
Valley Metro - Phoenix, AZ

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The Accountant I is the second level in a three level professional accounting class series. Positions are responsible for performing routine to moderately complex, accounting support duties. Typical duties include: Fare revenue cash accounting control and reconciliation, rail operations parts inventory accounting and reconciliation, ridership reporting, monthly report production, monitoring and reviewing account receivables, reconciling bank statements and general ledger accounts, assisting in processing payroll.

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed above.

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check which will include a credit check.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills:
Performs Fare Revenue Accounting to ensure cash and credit card collections are reconciled to bank deposits. Works with revenue distribution data to audit and report accurate revenue distribution to Member Cities.

Maintains and reports service performance data on a monthly basis; gathers fare inspection data and reports as necessary. Monitors, audits, and reports ridership data.

Performs Inventory Accounting to reconcile general ledger inventory balances to MMIS (Maintenance Management Inventory System). Performs physical inventories as required. Monitors MMIS vendor payments. Audits inventory costs and transactions to ensure average cost is accurate.

Works with Operations Division to ensure warranty claims are accurately recorded and cash recoveries from vendors are realized. Develops control sheets and special reports as needed.

Assists in researching and monitoring customer service claims; issues refunds as necessary and maintains refund tracking log.

Performs month-end closing processes for accounting system, which includes: reconciling various accounts; entering adjustments; verifying general ledger funds are in balance; preparing accounts receivable invoices as necessary.

May assist in processing payroll utilizing automated payroll processing software, which includes: reviewing and approving timesheets; maintaining related spreadsheets;

Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge of:
Payroll principles and practices;
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations;
Automated financial management software packages;
Customer service principles.

Skill in:
Using computers and applicable software applications;
Microsoft Excel;
Providing customer service;
Applying applicable laws, rules, and regulations;
Performing mathematical calculations;
Recording, analyzing, verifying, reconciling, and reporting accounting transactions;
Preparing routine accounting statements and reports;
Processing payroll;
Maintaining records;
Solving problems;
Researching discrepancies;
Handling multiple tasks simultaneously;
Applying accounting procedures and principles;
Analyzing financial information and drawing valid conclusions.
Communicating in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

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