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Become A Principal Accountant

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Working As A Principal Accountant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $67,190

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Accountant Do At Corelogic

* Creation of multi-year strategic and tactical account plans that enhanceCoreLogic revenue opportunities and deepen the relationship within the portfolio for the GSEs.
* Outline client needs, potential solutions, revenue growth potential, pricing and profitability considerations, short and long term activities, key milestones, and accountability for action necessary to gain adoption of solutions within the customer organization.
* Builds, deepens and cultivates strategic relationships within the GSEs to identify needs, develop solutions and cultivate strategies.
* Directly engages product teams, onboarding, implementation, service and legal to create a proactive approach to meeting client requirements.
* Proactively researches and analyzes industry trends and market conditions to fully identify client needs; demonstrate and articulate theCoreLogic value proposition.
* Partners with the client as a collaborative business partner who aids in the growth, profitability or efficiency of the client organization.
* Champions and enables new products and solutions, co-innovation and excellence in client delivery by partnering across the enterprise.
* Partners with the product management team and solution owners to identify, prioritize and evaluate new opportunities for the GSEs.
* Works closely with marketing to define opportunities (current market trends and future trend analysis, market sizing and competitive analysis); drivesCoreLogic initiatives into areas of opportunity within the GSEs by conducting research, due diligence and development of new business opportunities.
* Bring deal negotiations to a productive close, through collaboration, effective negotiation and client discussion.
* Develop domain knowledge of CoreLogic businesses to include an understanding of short-term objectives & long-term strategies for the organization.
* Ensure compliance with CoreLogic policies, processes and practices.
* Maintain current knowledge of federal, state and local employment practices and labor laws.
* Role model CoreLogic ethical standards, professionalism and code of conduct.
* Perform other duties & responsibilities as assigned.
* Posting Job Summary
* Join the team that powers the global real estate economy
* CoreLogic is an innovative, future focused company whose vision is to deliver unique property-level insights that power the global real estate economy.
* We are a $1
* billion in sales company with more than 6,000 employees globally serving the financial services and insurance industries.
* We are evolving at a rapid pace and the clients we serve are challenged from every direction, which means we are growing and innovating to help drive their success.
* Working together, and differentiated by our superior data, analytics and data-enabled solutions, we empower our clients to make smarter business decisions through data-driven insights.
* We take initiative, are fully accountable, build respect and trust, make transparency a must — and engage, include and collaborate at every turn.
* We take pride in our work and believe in cultivating a work environment that supports and values our greatest asset: our talented employees

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How To Become A Principal 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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Principal Accountant Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

  • Navajo

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Real Principal Accountant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal US Treasury Accountant Bristol Myers Squibb Company Princeton, NJ Sep 22, 2015 $92,082 -
Principal US Treasury Accountant Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Lawrenceville, NJ Aug 27, 2015 $89,159 -
Accountant Principal University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Oct 26, 2015 $52,000
Principal Accountant Smart Choice Financial Services, Inc. Jersey Village, TX Oct 01, 2011 $45,000
Principal Accountant Smart Choice Financial Services, LLC Jersey Village, TX Oct 01, 2011 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Principal Accountant


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Top Principal Accountant Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated the monthly financial close, and prepared monthly financial statements.
  • Applied accounting procedures or conduct procedural studies to analyze and solve accounting problems involving information systems.
  • Performed internal consultation and interpreted regulations and guidelines to ensure compliance with Funder, Government, and University guidelines.
  • Print, review - identify errors Payroll Abstracts.
  • Maintained fixed asset and depreciation ledgers.

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