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Working As A General Ledger Accountant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,670

    Average Salary

What Does A General Ledger Accountant Do At Extreme Networks

* Perform General Accounting functions, including operation of the general ledger system, create and upload journal entries, month-end close work and account reconciliations for various accounts.
* Assist with the Oracle Consolidation and Allocation process.
* Perform financial statements analytics and provide relevant explanations for fluctuations.
* Assist in preparing quarterly review and annual audit schedules.
* Interface with external auditors to ensure audit requests are delivered on schedule.
* Supply information and provide support to other functions within Extreme Networks organization.
* Responsible for reconciling accounts on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis within Cadency.
* Responsible for assigned intercompany account reconciliations and intercompany invoicing.
* Assist in annual SOX compliance efforts such as financial reporting walkthroughs with the external auditors.
* Responsible for consolidated Fixed Asset account reconciliations.
* Prepare quarterly consolidated fixed asset roll forward schedules and present to senior management.
* Perform CIP capitalization, asset retirement, and cost adjustments.
* Work with department managers and asset owners on the annual impairment test.
* Assist in the integration process of acquired companies.
* Oversee the month-end close process including but not limited to preparing journal entries and reconciliations for the Canadian entity

What Does A General Ledger Accountant Do At Danaher Corporation

* Enters various monthly journal entries and reconciles certain general ledger accounts.
* Coordinate monthly financial closing and analyze income-related accounts for reasonableness to provide financial reports to corporate management.
* Interfaces with corporate finance department regularly to ensure financial data in a timely manner.
* Interface with internal departments to compile financial data to satisfy corporate consolidation reporting requirements.
* Perform monthly cash reconciliation and various balance sheet account controls to ensure accuracy.
* Assist the Accounting Manager to perform initial financial department audits to ensure accuracy.
* Compile financial data for corporate tax reporting to comply with federal and state governmental requirements.
* Compiles and completes various census reporting.
* Administration of company credit card program.
* Manage fixed assets and capital expenditures in progress.
* Maintains record retention requirements for the Finance Department
* Other Responsibilities and Functions:
* Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
* Maintains clean, orderly and safe work area.
* Maintains a commitment to teamwork and a positive, supportive attitude to all personnel.
* Supports continuous improvement activities (DBS).
* Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
* Observes and complies with all safety regulations and company policies.
* Qualification

What Does A General Ledger Accountant Do At Omnicell, Inc.

* Support the month-end accounting close process to ensure timely, accurate and complete recognition of financial transactions.
* Reconcile bank accounts and execute allocations processes.
* Ensure the balance sheet accounts are properly reconciled to supporting documentation.
* Assist in the reconciliation of intercompany activity with various subsidiaries and affiliates to ensure complete and accurate capture of intercompany transactions.
* Prepare consolidation schedules and elimination entries to facilitate consolidation accounting.
* Assist in the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and supporting schedules for internal and external users.
* Support financial statement audits.
* Develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders in order to provide for a collaborative team environment.
* Maintain adequate and concise documentation to support management review, including audit support.
* Support and execute an appropriate internal controls environment for related financial reporting risks.
* Actively support and provide technical expertise to General Accounting projects, providing data analysis and recommendations for process improvement opportunities.
* Leverage experience and available guidance to provide input to new processes that ensure complete and accurate recognition of financial transactions.
* Develop and recommend changes to existing processes that positively affect workflow and maximize efficiencies

What Does A General Ledger Accountant Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Ensures best practices by assisting in the development, implementation and completion of financial policies and procedures, including:
* Assist in the monthly close process ensuring accurate and timely reporting
* Prepare and analyze account reconciliations.
* Assist in budget preparation for entity information and balance sheet detail as necessary
* Prepare reports detailing monthly expenses by cost center.
* Correspond with entity department leaders to ensure proper accounting for purchases and expenses.
* Assist team leads in the preparation of reports for annual audits, disclosure packets, 990 reporting and annual surveys
* Ensure accounting processes and procedures are followed
* Provide Exceptional Customer Service to meet our customer needs and requests
* Provide support to team members as needed to meet deadlines and requests
* Serves as the primary liaison to the Finance Manager, Accounting and Financial Reporting regarding financial issues related to accounting operations.
* Participates in the activities of the accounting team to provide consistent and accurate financial reporting and information across all regions.
* Participates in the implementation and maintenance of system-wide workflows and reporting to provide value added financial services related to accounting operations.
* Participates in the activities of the accounting team so that key functions of the department are performed thoroughly and timely, with the appropriate level of review and analysis

What Does A General Ledger Accountant Do At SRVS

Under the supervision of the Controller, the responsibilities of the General Ledger Accountant will include but are not limited to calculating departmental allocations, accruals, and other journal entries; daily reconciliation of all bank accounts; maintain asset database; reconciliation of general ledger account balances; research and audit functions on various projects as they arise; assist in preparation of all financial and regulatory reporting

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How To Become A General Ledger Accountant

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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General Ledger Accountant Career Paths

General Ledger Accountant
Staff Accountant Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager Controller
Controller, Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Controller
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Cost Accountant
Senior Accountant
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Accountant Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • French

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Lakota

  • Gujarati

  • Ukrainian

  • Armenian

  • Bengali

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Amharic

  • Mongolian

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Real General Ledger Accountant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Ledger Accountant Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 04, 2015 $86,560 -
General Ledger Accountant Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 14, 2011 $85,000
General Ledger Accountant Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. Morgan Hill, CA Jan 28, 2016 $84,660
General Ledger Accountant Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. Morgan Hill, CA Jan 28, 2013 $83,000
General Ledger Accountant Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2010 $75,319
SR. General Ledger Accountant Opentable, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2010 $75,295
SR. General Ledger Accountant Demandtec, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 30, 2010 $75,000 -
General Ledger Accountant Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. Morgan Hill, CA Dec 11, 2015 $71,500
Senior General Ledger Accountant Microstrategy Incorporated Vienna, VA May 29, 2012 $70,000 -
General Ledger Accountant Microstrategy Incorporated McLean, VA Sep 18, 2009 $67,500 -
Senior General Ledger Accountant Microstrategy Incorporated McLean, VA Dec 28, 2009 $67,500
Senior General Ledger Accountant Wageworks, Inc. San Mateo, CA May 02, 2011 $65,000 -
Senior General Ledger Accountant Wageworks, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 26, 2011 $65,000 -
General Ledger Accountant Amdocs Inc. Chesterfield, MO Aug 19, 2016 $63,576
General Ledger Accountant Amdocs Inc. Chesterfield, MO Feb 11, 2016 $63,576
Accountant-General Ledger (Non-Licensed) The First Church of Christ, Scientist Boston, MA May 07, 2015 $63,337
General Ledger Accountant Globe Newspaper Company, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 07, 2010 $61,750
General Ledger Accountant Globe Newspaper Company, Inc. Boston, MA Feb 01, 2011 $61,750
Senior General Ledger Accountant Amdocs Inc. Chesterfield, MO Jun 25, 2012 $61,000
General Ledger Accountant Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association Colma, CA Sep 02, 2015 $56,370
General Ledger Accountant Service Employees International Union Washington, DC Sep 03, 2013 $56,347 -
General Ledger Staff Accountant GSM Systems Holding LLC New York, NY Jun 11, 2012 $55,000
Accountant-General Ledger The First Church of Christ, Scientist Boston, MA May 07, 2012 $55,000
Accountant-General Ledger The First Church of Christ, Scientist Boston, MA Oct 01, 2012 $55,000
Accountant-General Ledger Intelliswift Software, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 20, 2015 $54,850 -
Accountant-General Ledger American Association for Justice Washington, DC Feb 01, 2012 $54,053
Senior General Ledger Accountant Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2010 $54,038

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Top Skills for A General Ledger Accountant


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Top General Ledger Accountant Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Month-End Journal Entries
  3. Asset System
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and supplemental schedules for three business sectors.
  • Prepared and processed month-end journal entries, including commission accruals and bad debt reserve requirements.
  • Managed the organization s fixed asset system including assets, disposals, depreciation, and transfers.
  • Prepared journal entries and performed balance sheet accounts, and bank account reconciliation.
  • Performed monthly account reconciliations and monitored general ledger transactions.

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