What does a Senior Accountant do?

As a senior accountant, you will analyze complex financial records and reports. You oversee a company's accounting operations. Senior accountants regulate and authenticate financial transactions. You maintain a ledger to ensure effectiveness and accuracy of all accounting tasks. It is your job to balance accounts and confirm and verify bank statements on behalf of the company. You will need experience using electronic ledger systems. Most senior accountants run their own financial department within a business.

Most medium-to-large sized companies have accounting departments. As a senior accountant, you will likely oversee a team of junior accountants. You should have sound analytical skills and advanced skills using Microsoft Excel. Additionally, you will need a thorough knowledge of accounting procedures, including preparing month-end reports and financial forecasts. You need a bachelor's degree in accounting, but typically a master's degree or extensive experience in the financial field is preferred for a senior accountant position.

  • Create and analyze liability, asset, and capital accounts by compiling electronic data and required documentation
  • Summarize and prepare financial status and transactions reports, including a profit and loss statement, and other necessary reports
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local protocols including legal requirements, and interpret new and existing legislation
  • Create a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual for accounting policy and regulations, and roll out reconciliation procedures
  • Monitor and maintain a new audit system by implementing new policies and procedures in the finance department
  • Guide junior accountants and other staff by answering questions and coordinating informational classes
  • Focus on tax compliance, state business registration, contract review, and non-profit tax filing
  • Play a vital part in the company's financial management which includes all account reconciliations and reporting to necessary parties
  • Involvement in business registration, tax compliance and creating, distributing, and reporting tax datasheets
  • Five years' experience working with intercompany transactions and reconciliation in preparation for audit
  • Working knowledge of non-profit tax filing and tax compliance as it pertains to state and federal level regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a leadership role and supervise up to ten junior-level subordinates
  • Experience in budget creation for your own department to coordinate team training and certifications
  • Thorough understanding of financial application security ensuring that all financial data is secure and complies with confidentiality policies
  • Required knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Paychex, Metro, and other applications related to finance and accounting
  • Must be an outstanding communicator, and have established skills in accuracy, organization, and working in a high-volume environment
  • Demonstrated ability to support all other departments within the company and coordinate training and information sessions

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
3%
2 - 4
65%
5 - 7
25%
8+
7%

Common Skill Sets

GAAP Accounting
Microsoft Office Suite
General Ledger
Excellent Organizational
ERP System
Microsoft EXCEL
Audit
Strong WORK Ethic

Senior Accountant Seniority Levels

L3
Senior Accountant
CA$67,898/yr
L4
Adjunct Accountant
CA$57,432/yr
L5
Management Accountant
16% made the transition
Cost Accountant
8% made the transition
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Senior Accountant Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$67,898 /yr
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CA$55k
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