How to write an Accountant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does an Accountant do?

An accountant provides accurate reconciliation of business accounts. This includes bank statements, credit cards and auditing of quarterly, monthly or yearly accounts. Duties include the financial preparation and analysis of accounts and reporting of financial variances and inaccuracies. Corrective action implementation and adherence to financial and tax regulations is essential therefore a CPA qualification will be required. Additional skills in accounting software packages and excel will also be beneficial.

Accountant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Accountant job titles

  • Accountant
  • Entry-level Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Payroll and Collections Accountant
  • Senior Staff Accountant

Accountant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Accountant job summary

We’re looking for an organized and driven Staff Accountant to join our growing team at our company. The Staff Accountant position will work closely with our other accountants and operations personnel and handle day-to-day bookkeeping. We’re an energetic company and are looking for a passionate individual to join our organization and revitalize our record keeping and bring more organization to our day to day financials.

Accountant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Accountant responsibilities

  • Perform monthly, quarterly and annual accounting activities including reconciliations of bank and credit card accounts, coordination and completion of annual audits, and reviewing financial reports/support as necessary
  • Analyze and report on financial status including income statement variances, communicating financial results to management, budget preparation and analysis
  • Improve systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions
  • Oversee taxes and abide by federal regulations

Accountant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Accountant skills

  • 5+ years accounting experience
  • Expertise with QuickBooks
  • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office, accounting software and databases
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, project management and communication skills
  • Additional experience in Audit and International accounting
  • Experience with SaaS companies
  • CPA certification

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