Staff Accountant

Kansas City, MO

Posted: 09/24/2022 Industry: Accounting and Finance Job Number: EB-1192198587 Pay Rate: $70,000.00

Job Description

The Staff Accountant is an essential member of the Finance Team and is responsible for the monthly and year end accounting functions of the organization, including accurate and timely preparation of journal entries in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), monthly account reconciliations and analyses, coordination of processes among the Finance team, and efficient operations of department systems and programs. Responsibilities for this position also include ensuring compliance with the organization’ s accounting policies and procedures to maintain proper internal controls, participating in departmental and organization wide projects and collaborating within the department and across the organization. The Staff Accountant will uphold the principles of accountability, empowerment, and inclusion, and will possess a high level of integrity, transparency, teamwork, customer service and continuous quality improvement.

This position is exempt and reports to the Controller.

Position Responsibilities:

Accounting and Reporting Operations
  • Assists the Controller, responsible for monthly, quarterly, and annual financial accounting and reporting, managing reporting deadlines, monthly close schedule/calendar, and ensuring compliance with US GAAP including focus on completeness, accuracy, cut-off and classification
  • Maintains the general ledgers for all entities of the organization
  • Prepares and records monthly asset, liability, revenue and expense journal entries by compiling and analyzing account information
  • Ensures the proper recording of revenue, including determination of deferred revenue and recognized revenue amounts
  • Prepares monthly account reconciliations and closes the monthly books to ensure accuracy of general ledger balances and activity
  • Reconciles bank accounts and investment accounts at least monthly and addresses any discrepancies timely
  • Reconciles intercompany accounts and analyzes intercompany activity
  • Investigates unusual items and transactions working with all levels of management throughout the organization
  • Maintains knowledge of acceptable accounting practices and procedures and advises on appropriate accounting treatment for routine and non-routine transactions
  • Works with all departments monitoring the collections and billing status of financial obligations of various contracts and license agreements
  • Coordinates with software vendor to maintain accounting software systems; recommends updates to enhance the accounting software
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

  • Provides external auditors with assistance by preparing and maintaining all necessary working papers and supporting audit schedules and obtaining resolution to all audit issues with the Controller
  • Monitors financial aspects of significant contract compliance elements, renewals, and accrual recording, including adherence to payment schedules, invoicing requirements, and proper revenue and/or expense recognition
  • Assists with annual W2 and 1099 reporting and ensures timely filing to the IRS

Collaboration and Consulting
  • Collaborates with the Controller and all members of the Finance team regarding accounting and reporting issues and other business issues
  • Assists with policy making, having awareness of and consideration to how policy changes can affect the organization; plans for such changes
  • Provides consultation, knowledge, and financial data to internal stakeholders, as needed, and manages and assists in the preparation of financial support schedules, as needed
  • Works with all levels throughout the organization to ensure an appropriate understanding of financial matters

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’ s degree in Accounting/Finance/Related Field
  • At least 3 years of related accounting experience
  • Experienced in all aspects of fiscal management including strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls, and financial reporting
  • Proficient at journal entry preparation and account reconciliations
  • Experience with deferred revenue and determination of recognized revenue amounts
  • Experienced systems knowledge including general ledger applications, payroll systems and expense reimbursement applications
  • Knowledge of financial software platforms

Skills and Attributes
  • Professional demeanor and strong customer service orientation
  • Utilize innovative ideas and approaches to identifying and implementing process efficiencies
  • Excellent time management skills with ability to meet monthly close deadlines
  • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to clearly disseminate financial information with an understandable approach
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Responds effectively to sensitive and confidential information
  • Participatory management and leadership style that encourages collaboration, cooperation, and personal growth
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently on multiple projects

About Morgan Hunter
Since 1986, Morgan Hunter has served Kansas City-area employers to help them meet a range of hiring needs, from temporary staffing to direct-hire placements. Thoughtful and thorough in our approach, we’ re also responsive and efficient, creating a tailored hiring experience for both employer and job seeker – because everyone deserves to find the right fit.
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