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Audit Director

Audit directors must have advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), as well as strong critical thinking, negotiation, communication and technology skills. Candidates for these positions generally must have at least seven years' experience in auditing. Firms seek individuals who possess a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, along with a master's degree in accounting or business administration as well as accreditations such as certified internal auditor (CIA) or certified public accountant (CPA). Travel is often required for this position.
Typical duties include:

  • Examining the company's system of internal controls and developing appropriate auditing strategies
  • Overseeing the completion of internal audits and communicating the results to senior management
  • Supervising internal auditing staff
  • Managing the relationship with independent auditors
  • Ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements
  • Staying abreast of new legislation and regulatory requirements and communicating their impact on the company to management


General and Audit Accounting Manager

Accounting managers usually need at least five years of experience, as well as solid communication, technology and analytical abilities. Working knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is also valuable. Companies expect a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, but prefer candidates with advanced credentials such as a master's degree in business administration (MBA) or certified public accountant (CPA).
Typical duties include:

  • Preparing and/or reviewing appropriate ledger entries and reconciliations
  • Maintaining the general ledger system
  • Preparing monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements; assisting with regulatory reporting as applicable
  • Coordinating the budget process
  • Supervising accounting staff


General and Audit Senior Accountant

Candidates for senior accountant positions should possess solid communication, technology, organizational and analytical skills. Companies hiring senior accountants generally look for at least three years' experience, along with a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. Accreditations such as certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA) are also preferred.
Typical duties include:

  • Reconciling control accounts, such as the sales journal with the aggregate of the individual debtors' accounts
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Completing preliminary internal control questionnaire, risk assessment and review of risk areas
  • Handling monthly balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position/budget variance analysis
  • Assisting in the design and preparation of budgets for review by management
  • Maintaining and reconciling fixed assets schedules


General and Audit Accountant with 1 to 3 Years' Experience

Companies seek self-starters who possess attention to detail and solid communication abilities for these accounting positions. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. Strong technology skills are critical, particularly expertise with Microsoft Excel.
Typical duties include:

  • Reviewing general ledger accounts and correcting journal entries
  • Handling account analysis and reconciliation, including bank statements and intercompany general ledger accounts
  • Maintaining the general ledger chart of accounts
  • Conducting initial internal control evaluation
  • Ascertaining whether company assets are properly accounted for and safeguarded from loss
  • Posting monthly, quarterly and yearly accruals


General and Audit Accountant - Entry Level

Companies hiring entry-level accountants seek individuals who are proficient with Microsoft Excel and who possess strong time-management, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Candidates need a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance.
Typical duties include:

  • Processing journal entries
  • Assisting with audit fieldwork for both operational and financial audits
  • Reconciling and balancing general ledger accounts
  • Researching and correcting account discrepancies
  • Providing written summaries of statistical sampling findings for review by senior staff


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