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Senior Accountant

POSITION SUMMARY

This position will support general accounting activities of the department including general ledger account analysis/reconciliation, monthly financials close, year-end audits, monthly variance analysis and analytics, and as needed, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting activities. This position is responsible for compiling and analyzing financial information and advising management regarding key financial and operational issues.  This position is based in our San Diego location and reports to the Controller.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or a similar degree is required. CPA or MBA is preferred;
  • A minimum of four years of accounting experience employing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) preferred;
  • Experience using SAP/BW/Hyperion/Oracle or other large automated accounting systems is required;
  • Advanced to expert level experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook) required.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Must possess a strong work ethic;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy of data.

 

KEY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned) 

Accounting

  • Conducts accurate general ledger accounting, reporting, and reconciliation, with adherence to meeting deadlines;
  • Reconciles bank and general ledger and ensures that errors and/or issues are resolved effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Book and amortize fixed assets including but not limited to WIP/CIP
  • Performs accurate and timely monthly financials and year-end close;
  • Backup accounting functions as directed.

Audit and Internal Controls

  • Conducts and supports internal and external audits in an efficient, timely and accurate manner;
  • Actively participates in the continual strengthening of internal controls through process analysis and risk assessment with a focus on automation, streamlining workflow processes and procedures, and presenting findings and recommendations to Controller;
  • Manages special projects as directed by Controller;
  • Create, maintain, and improve fixed asset verification processes.

Analysis and Reporting

  • Prepares account reconciliations/analyses and conducts appropriate account/accounting research;
  • Performs ad-hoc reporting and variance analysis;  
  • Responds to requests for reports and analyses from department managers and other key internal customers in a timely and professional manner.
     

Administrative Support and Coordination

  • Acts as liaison to other departments regarding communication of finance and accounting policies and procedures in order to ensure proper accounting standards are being applied by all departments. This includes but is not limited to sales, commissions, expenses, etc.;
  • Develops internal resource materials and training communication on finance and accounting related processes and procedures;
  • Participates in meetings, special projects and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Partners with other departments to find resolution to accounting and systems issues as needed to accomplish goals and routine tasks.
     

COMPANY CORE COMPENTENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Customer Service

Handles customer questions and complaints; communicates with customers; handles service problems politely and efficiently; always available for customers; follows procedure to solve customer problems; understands company products and services; maintains pleasant and professional image;

Innovation

Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes; identifies new approaches for completing work assignments more effectively or efficiently and works within the "established" system to push for "a better way."

 

ROLE SPECIFIC COMPENTENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Financial and Business Acumen (I)  

Understand how their actions and behaviors impact the company's profitability; Makes conscious decisions for their actions and behaviors to have a positive financial impact on the organization;

Individual Effectiveness 

Meets commitments; works independently; accepts accountability; handles change; sets personal standards; stays focused under pressure; meets attendance/punctuality requirements;

Results Focused

Works effectively to achieve goals; targets and results; sets challenging goals for self; prioritizes tasks; overcomes obstacles; accepts accountability; 

Teamwork

Knows how to manage self to create a positive team environment; Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities; listens to others and values opinions that are different from their own; assists team to meet goals; welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; use of hands to grasp, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; finger dexterity; talk; hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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