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Working As An Accounting Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Analyst Do At United Technologies Corporation

* Participate in and coordinate the month end closing process
* Preparation of monthly journal entries and account reconciliations
* Provide accounting support to field organization
* Maintenance of accounting standard work documentation
* Perform cost accounting functions including analysis of work in process (WIP) and associated entries necessary for proper revenue recognitions or deferrals
* Provide balance sheet fluctuation analysis
* Provide inputs into incentive calculations as necessary
* Prepare and promote financial data (including HFM supplemental data

What Does An Accounting Analyst Do At Textron

* Assist in the month-end closing process which includes journal entries, account reconciliations, and analysis of accounts.
* Maintain, support and actively participate in internal control requirements as well as ensuring compliance with policies and GAAP.
* Provide scheduling, guidance, and reporting coordination of offsite ledger locations.
* Ensure accurate currency conversions per corporate policy.
* Prepare management or other financial statements as requested.
* Provide support for development of accounting procedures and processes.
* Provide analytical support to management on special projects or data requests.
* Provide backup support as needed to other individuals in the department.
* Assist with financial reporting responsibilities including year-end tax reporting, budgeting and forecasting, year-end tax reporting.
* Qualifications

What Does An Accounting Analyst Do At Randstad

* Prepare and review monthly journal entries.
* Reconcile and review various balance sheet accounts and bank reconciliations.
* Perform balance sheet and income statement variance analysis.
* Prepare and review financial schedules required to meet monthly and quarterly business unit data requests from Corporate Accounting
* Prepare, review and present analysis of earning and other financial data for internal management reporting on a monthly basis.
* Preparation and review of governmental filings, including quarterly and annual FERC reports.
* Query data for analysis to complete questions or inquiries of management or external requests.
* Overtime may be required during monthly/quarterly/annual closing processes.
* Working hours: Monday
* Friday 8:00 am
* pm

What Does An Accounting Analyst Do At Sodexo Operations LLC

* Track, analyze and assist in achieving accounts payable department KPI’s
* Ensure department procedures and process work-flows are documented, updated and applied.
* Write and release journal entries as needed for Accounts Payable processing
* Development of A/P’s VISA payment process
* Analyze Sodexo Purchase Card expenses to ensure Sodexo is maximizing Purchase card and VISA payment utilization
* Create and prepare reports/stats for Purchase Card / VISA purchases
* Provide customer service to Sodexo Purchase Card users to address Purchase Card and VISA payment issues
* Provide an on-going assessment of the Purchase Card process and make recommendations to A/P Management
* Review open items on account reconciliations to ensure issues are addressed in a timely manner, escalate where needed and determine root causes
* Ensure all documentation, AF-topics, flow Charts are updated and maintained
* Specialty projects assigned by Management
* Ongoing analytics to look for new ways and opportunities to increase spend
* Primary Backup to P
* Card ManagerProcess in Citibank account changes (changes to credit limit, unit number, address, etc.)
* Process IDOC errors as necessary
* Notify cardholders of unprocessed transactions older than 45 days as required – follow up to ensure they are processed

What Does An Accounting Analyst Do At Continental Corporation

* Participation of monthly services close process (including journal entries, account / accrual analysis, etc)
* Responsible for certain account reconciliations for various entities within the Services organization
* Perform reporting activities to Continental consolidation system (FIRE)
* Prepare required management reporting deliverables for Services including consolidation analytics
* Preparation of required reporting/analytics to other functional units (i.e. data for business license renewals, state/local tax filings, corporate accounting etc.)
* Work with the global Shared Service Center in Manila, Philippines on accounting matters
* Perform monthly analytics and internal reporting requirements for Services Group
* Assist with efforts to improve financial analysis on actual reported data
* Assist in preparation of the budget and forecasting processes/analytics for the Services group
* Assist with accounting & reporting process improvements
* Assist in inventory control and annual physical inventory and fixed asset taking and reconciliation process

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How To Become An Accounting Analyst

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Real Accounting Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Forensic Accounting Analyst Citadel LLC New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $125,000
Accounting Analyst Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2015 $125,000
Accounting Analyst Palantir Technologies Palo Alto, CA Apr 08, 2016 $120,000 -
$145,000
Accounting Analyst Daewoo International (America) Corp Teaneck, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $112,840
Accounting Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 10, 2016 $109,000
Treasury Accounting Analyst Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 11, 2015 $108,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Feb 25, 2015 $100,000
Chief Accounting Analyst Siyaram Inc. Tuscumbia, AL May 19, 2016 $96,138
Principal Accounting Analyst Stryker Neurovascular Fremont, CA Dec 01, 2015 $90,263
Fund Accounting Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Mar 26, 2016 $90,000
Accounting Analyst Daewoo International (America) Corp. Teaneck, NJ Sep 28, 2015 $89,301
Accounting Analyst Rafac International, Inc. Brisbane, CA Oct 15, 2015 $88,038
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Jan 12, 2016 $84,000
Investment Accounting Analyst Alpha Capital Corp. Monroe, NJ Sep 08, 2015 $83,480
Accounting Analyst/Downstream Energy Market K&G Petroleum Littleton, CO Jul 13, 2015 $61,693
Analyst, Deep Research & Forensic Accounting Balyasny Asset Management Chicago, IL Apr 23, 2015 $61,500
Accounting Analyst Stribling Equipment LLC Richland, MS Sep 03, 2016 $61,339
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Jun 01, 2015 $60,000
Accounting Analyst Empire Square Group LLC New York, NY Aug 16, 2016 $60,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 25, 2015 $60,000
Accounting Analyst Square Domain, Inc. Round Rock, TX Sep 20, 2016 $60,000
Accounting Analyst Worldpac, Inc. Newark, CA Jul 11, 2016 $60,000
Accounting Analyst MTM Business Solutions LLC Melville, NY Jun 15, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 25, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 17, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst Cps 5, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $54,000
Accounting Analyst KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Sep 08, 2015 $54,000
Programmer/Accounting Analyst Midland Central LLC Midland, TX Sep 19, 2016 $53,955
Management & Accounting Analyst Investar Bank Baton Rouge, LA Aug 29, 2016 $53,810 -
$68,810

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Top Skills for An Accounting Analyst

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Top Accounting Analyst Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Monthly Journal Entries
  3. Asset Value
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts, prepared monthly financial statements and created internal management reports.
  • Reconciled accounts and located proper back up documentation for the current monthly journal entries.
  • Job duties included: Monitoring and controlling the process of calculating the Net Asset Values for the Tuition Bands.
  • Organized processes and procedures to support 40% reduction in month end close from 5 to 3 days.
  • Worked with internal and external auditors to provide testing documentation as requested.

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