How to write a Senior 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 a Senior Accountant do?

Senior Accountants prepare accurate and timely financial statements and documents. They are responsible for performing balance sheet, revenue, expense, and payroll account reconciliations, as well as executing accounts payable and accounts receivable processes. Senior Accountants provide leadership for Junior Accountants by teaching them how to complete complex financial operations. Senior Accountants analyze financial statements for discrepancies.

Senior 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 Senior Accountant job titles

  • Senior Accountant
  • Senior Accountant (5+ Years’ Experience)
  • Senior Accountant (CPA required)
  • Sr. Accountant

Senior 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 a Senior Accountant job summary

We need a Senior Accountant to join our finance department and take over the major reporting and reconciliation duties for our company. We’re a growing, innovative network of car dealerships specializing in fleet vehicles and commercial trucks. The Senior Accountant will be responsible for heading the finance department and reporting directly to the CFO. We need a professional with inherent leadership qualities and the attention to detail necessary to ensure accurate reporting in all areas. The successful applicant will have a basic knowledge of how dealerships are run and will have prior experience with tax issues.

Senior 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 Senior Accountant responsibilities

  • Prepare accurate, timely financial statements in accordance with our established schedule and with input from the rest of the accounting department
  • Conduct monthly and quarterly account reconciliations to ensure accurate reporting and ledger maintenance
  • Analyze financial statements for discrepancies and other issues that should be brought to the CFO’s attention
  • Review all inter-company transactions and generate invoices as necessary
  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts
  • Delegate financial responsibilities to accounting team
  • Coordinate semi-annual audits and assist CFO with conducting audits
  • Conduct regular ledger maintenance

Senior 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 Senior Accountant skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required (Master’s preferred)
  • 5+ years’ experience in general or tax accounting
  • Experience with computerized ledger systems
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to function well in a team-oriented environment
  • Familiarity with SAP 6.0 a plus

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