Accountant job description
Accountants are employed by individuals and organizations clients to audit accounts, provide financial advice and undertake accounts administration. Accountants provide advice to multinational organizations, government bodies and sometimes individuals with small businesses.
Accountants normally specialize in the following areas;
Auditing of accounts
Taxation and assurance finance
Accounting jobs tend to have regular working hours, normally 5-9 hours a day.
Typical employers of accountants
Private firms of accountant and professional service firms
Professional service firms
Industrial organizations and government bodies.
Charities and nonprofit organizations
Commercial and corporate organizations
Duties and responsibilities of an accountant
Typical duties of an accountant include;
Full charge bookkeeping including monthly and annual journal entries and Prepare and maintain government client reporting and estimating by working comparatively with the companyís certified insurance firms.
Compilation and preparation of monthly, quarterly and yearly financial statements of the firm for the purposes of taxation and decision making.
Maintain employee records including hours they work and their time off. It is also an accountantís job to reconcile credit card receipts and statements monthly.
Process all payrolls semimonthly; file all payroll taxes as required by the applicable laws. In summary, an accountant also has the responsibility of maintaining payroll files and report.
Manage timeslips program including but not limited to reviewing and downloading time,checking for accuracy and edit as needed. Maintain the program and update as needed.
Maintain all client accounts of time, billings and payments. Collection of accounts receivable where necessary.
Keeping records and tracking of all company assets purchased and in use, he or she should update records when assets are removed and are no longer in use.
Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly reports and financial analysis reports including but not limited to financial statements, client budget reports, employee time challenge reports, parttime employee hours report, employee financial profit share report, accounts receivable reports, etc.
Responsible for follow up phone calls/emails and letters to track billing records, payment requests, bank statements, anything financial that needs follow-up
Provide advice and assistance in making decisions in the areas of finances, analysis financial software and accounting as requested by management.
For those who aspire to be accountants, these are the qualifications,
Have an Associate Degree or higher with experience and knowledge in bookkeeping and other accounting procedures. Should possess computer skills, he or she should be excellent in quickbooks, Microsoft office and other applicable software. In addition to all this, proper telephone and e-mail skills are important.
Have demonstrated ability to make sound professional decisions, should be able to maintain client and business confidentiality. Above that he should be self-directed, self-motivated be detail oriented, organized and accurate. He or she should be able to work with different personalities.
Demonstrate the ability to work with numbers and understand a broad range of common financial matters in a timely manner and be willing to pursue collection of accounts receivables.
He or she should be willing to get the job done in a timely manner and above that possess a driverís license and dependable automobile transportation insurance. An employer should check the candidateís criminal record and credit history.