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Working As An Accounting Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $54,504

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Consultant Do At Resources Global Professionals (RGP)

* Lead month-end close process, including maintaining the general ledger and sub ledgers
* Review journal entries and balance sheet account reconciliations as well as analyze account variances
* Communicate and follow up with business partners to ensure that open/outstanding issues are resolved in a timely manner
* Ensure appropriate accounting treatment in accordance with US GAAP, tax, and management reporting (standards)
* Prepare and analyze monthly and quarterly reports as required by policies and procedures
* Review all standard cost variance, including purchase price variance
* Identify and implement process improvements and system enhancements
* Review policies and procedures to ensure SOX compliance
* Attributes of our global professionals include: a dedication to client service, the ability to think in complex and ever changing situations, strong communication skills and the ability to solve problems, execute and transfer knowledge

What Does An Accounting Consultant Do At Metlife

* Supports management with the development, implementation, and communication of Statutory Projection reports as well as regulatory reporting reports.
* Performs system administrative duties on Hyperion Planning system including data input, validation and trend analysis to ensure accuracy of information.
* Works independently on complex and/or important regulatory and projection projects.
* Assists in the development and implementation of quantitative/analytic tools to support statutory stress testing and regulatory reporting.
* Communicates results and analysis to management

What Does An Accounting Consultant Do At Navistar, Inc.

* Accounting for stock based payments and certain legal reserves
* Forecasting for those particular areas
* Monitoring new accounting pronouncements and assisting in determining the related accounting, policy and reporting impacts
* Coordinating with external reporting group on disclosures in external filings
* Working with internal and external auditors
* Completing special projects and performing other duties as assigned
* Develops, implements and/or maintains one or more accounting systems: Journal entries, General Ledger, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable, Revenue Reconciliation, etc.
* Reviews and interprets financial reporting requirements, rules and regulations.
* Balances books and prepares profit and loss, cash flow, income and balance sheet statements.
* Monitors and develops monthly reports of revenues and expenditures for projects.
* Provides record of assets, liabilities and other financial transactions.
* May prepare federal, state and local reports and tax returns.
* May assist in the setup of processes and procedures that properly capture, track and report revenue, including deferred revenue, in accordance with the company revenue recognition policy.
* May generate revenue reports for internal and/or external use.
* May interpret reports and records for managers/stakeholders.
* May be involved in reviewing, tracking and maintaining billing information in the financial systems, ensuring accuracy and compliance with US GAAP and other accounting regulations

What Does An Accounting Consultant Do At Collabera

* Resource will participate in balance sheet reconciliation reporting & reconciling item exception management activities.
* This may include (but is not limited to) the following:
* Preparing reconciliation exception item reporting and communication.
* Scheduling and participating in meetings with the departments responsible for resolving reconciling items, recording minutes of such meetings, and executing action items arising from these meetings
* Reviewing the accuracy of draft Controllership reconciliation reporting packages and preparing executive summaries of this information
* Perform review of month-end bank reconciliations
* For selected accounts, determine proper reconciliation method, proper source report, process to research differences between source report and general ledger, identification of typical exceptions, identification of exception owners, and document any currently existing issues and steps needed to repair.
* Prepare and present reports summarizing this information to Finance and Business Unit leadership.
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What Does An Accounting Consultant Do At Unitedhealth Group

Maintain general ledger accounts and related activities for the production of financial statements and reports for complex groups Support month end financial close activities Apply accounting knowledge and critical thinking skills to diagnose technical issues Partner with IT to prioritize functional needs and deploy viable solutions Organize and support testing efforts in advance of scheduled code release activities Perform work in a self-directed manner and work with less structured, more complex issues Serve as a resource and mentor other staff Provide leadership on projects and initiatives to improve the accounting and finance function Act as a business champion to recommend innovative ways to support constant growth Contribute to the development of requirements for new system functionality Support data needs through the creation and execution of SQL queries and analysis

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How To Become An Accounting Consultant

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).  


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.


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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Accounting Consultant Career Paths

Accounting Consultant
Business Analyst Business Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Manager Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Associate Senior Accountant
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Tax Analyst Accountant Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Finance Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant-Contractor Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Operations Director Finance Advisor
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Treasurer Accounting Assistant Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Finance Analyst Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant
Senior Accountant
6 Yearsyrs
Accountant-Contractor Senior Staff Accountant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Accounting Consultant Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • German

  • Swedish

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Danish

  • Bulgarian

  • Ukrainian

  • Norwegian

  • Thai

  • Greek

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Real Accounting Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial & Accounting AX Consultant It People Network LLC New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $130,000
Finance and Accounting Consultant David M. Lewis Company LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 28, 2015 $120,000
Accounting Consultant Ram Associates Hamilton, NJ Sep 23, 2016 $108,000
Finance and Accounting Consultant David M. Lewis Company LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 08, 2014 $99,800
Accounting Consultant The Urban Group Ltd New York, NY Oct 21, 2016 $96,741
Accounting Consultant Ram Associates Hamilton, NJ Jun 21, 2013 $90,000
Accounting Consultant Ram Associates Hamilton, NJ Sep 23, 2013 $90,000
Senior Accounting Consultant Ram Associates Hamilton, NJ Sep 08, 2015 $90,000
Accounting Consultant Prajapati Associates LLP New York, NY Feb 10, 2016 $85,000
Accounting Consultant Williamsmarston, LLC Boston, MA Apr 14, 2014 $80,000
Accounting Consultant Strategic Systems, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 01, 2015 $78,229
Accounting Consultant Piorion Solutions, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 27, 2013 $78,096
Finance & Accounting Consultant Digital Infuzion, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD May 06, 2013 $78,000
SR. Accounting Consultant ASR International Corp Hauppauge, NY Oct 14, 2015 $59,800
Accounting Consultant Ram Associates Hamilton, NJ Nov 15, 2015 $58,500
Accounting Consultant Linear Signs Inc. Lindenhurst, NY Jan 08, 2016 $58,000
Accounting Consultant Envogue International, LLC New York, NY Sep 05, 2013 $58,000
Accounting Consultant Tip Associates PC Palisades Park, NJ Sep 23, 2016 $57,956
Accounting Consultant Prajapati Associates, LLP New York, NY Oct 02, 2013 $57,622
Accounting Consultant Rose Containerline Inc. New York, NY Jul 11, 2016 $57,330
Accounting Consultant KK Mehta CPA Associates PLLC Garden City, NY Nov 15, 2015 $56,349
Accounting Consultant Indigo Jewerly Inc. New York, NY Sep 21, 2013 $55,400
Accounting Consultant Professional Placement and Recruitment, Inc. NY Jan 23, 2013 $55,370
Accounting Consultant S.Vinodkumar USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $55,370
Accounting Consultant Maya Oversea Foods, Inc. NY Oct 01, 2014 $55,000
Accounting Consultant S Vinod Kumar USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 14, 2013 $55,000
Accounting Consultant Genoa Jewelers STT Ltd New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $55,000
Accounting Consultant Iyer Associates Hamilton, NJ Aug 20, 2013 $55,000
Accounting Consultant Navika Capital Group, LLC Uniondale, NY Sep 16, 2014 $55,000

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Top Skills for An Accounting Consultant


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Top Accounting Consultant Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Payroll Processing
  3. General Ledger Accounts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared monthly financial statements and budget progress reports.
  • Certified Public Accountant Manager Manage the preparation of compilations, reviews, payroll processing, quarterly and year end payroll reports.
  • Audited general ledger accounts and schedules for a parent company and four subsidiaries.
  • Performed analysis and written documentation of interdepartmental software support and procedures.
  • Reviewed general ledger accounts daily for audit preparation.

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