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Working As A Senior Accounting Specialist

  • 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 Senior Accounting Specialist Do At Siemens

* Coordinate targeted communication of bi-annual SFRG and SCOA updates
* Perform monthly analysis of A/R valuation allowance balances and
* calculations
* External Audit coordination
* Key contact for US EY team
* Reconcile global fee allocation
* Compile data for BU management approval of engagement requests
* Coordinate multi-faceted legal entity financial statement flux
* analysis
* Ad-hoc legal entity trial balance reviews based on entity risk
* assessment
* Monthly P&L analysis for operating units (e.g.
* Finance, Legal, EMEA
* Zone, etc.)
* Quarterly balance sheet transparency check based on account risk
* assignment
* Review and approve US balance sheet reconciliations
* Review and approve US control testing
* Support DF PL PC and CF R MIC in preparation for annual Goodwill
* impairment testing
* Provide technical accounting support for assigned risk countries
* America’s Macro
* Hub
* First level accounting support for assigned countries
* Level 2 journal entry approval
* Calculate and post internal merger and integration accounting entries
* Oversee US government reporting submissions
* Maintain SISW accounting guidelines and Infoweb
* Approve global SAP access requests
* Review legal entity statutory audit checklists
* Approve for P13 adjustments
* Compile data for BU management approval
* Perform as SME for SRE, Pension and Share Plan accounting
* Manage special projects

What Does A Senior Accounting Specialist Do At United Technologies Corporation

* Scrap, Sale of Scrap, Material Defective Report, Vendor charge-backs, Factory Shipping orders, Inter-company settlement, process check request and assisting in A/P resolution
* Perform investment analysis for capital spending
* Project and Fixed asset accounting, including forecasting of capital expenditure
* Prepare and post month-end journal entries
* Account reconciliations – CIP, Inventory in transit, GRIR, and prepaid accounts
* Sarbanes
* Oxley compliance and e
* SOX application and issue ticket resolution/coordination

What Does A Senior Accounting Specialist Do At Compass Group, North America

* Processes payroll and submits human resources forms.
* Processes vendor payables; prepares and submits payment requests; and transfers journal entries.
* Maintains client accounts; prepares accounts receivable invoices; makes collection calls for delinquent accounts receivable.
* Reconciles cash received to cash recorded; reconciles inventory.
* Assists with invoice entry and transfers.
* Researches outstanding Accounts Payable.
* Files paid invoices.
* Enters and balances purchasing card receipts.
* Enters data into inventory systems; maintains accurate and current information.
* Enters, submits and follows up on work orders; prompts escalation as needed.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* About Compass Group: Achieving leadership in the foodservice industry
* Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.
* At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.
* Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.
* Disclaimer: this job post is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all essential responsibilities, skills, tasks, or requirements associated with this position.
* While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the position posted, the Company reserves the right to modify or change the essential functions of the job based on business necessity. /
* Los Angeles applicants: Compass Group will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box ordinance)./
* Req ID

What Does A Senior Accounting Specialist Do At Northwestern University

* Budget
* Coordinates annual budget process including tasks associated with the open/close processes.
* Updates calendar, spreadsheets, templates & forms; monitors submissions.
* Completes reconciliation procedures.
* Analysis, Statements & Reporting
* Prepares account, budget, cost, expenditure &/or funds analysis.
* Provides reports to managers/PIs in tracking payment status & notification when balances & activities do not comply with policy, procedures or are inadequately prepared.
* May analyze open encumbrances that are no longer valid & recommend appropriate modifications to ensure smooth processing of financial transactions.
* Transactions
* Completes & maintains transactions in enterprise systems.
* Provides review and oversight of all types of financial transactions some of which may be complex in regard to size or duration of account.
* Reviews; ensures approval based on alternatives regarding practice & policy.
* Troubleshoots problems.
* Performs vendor/account research as needed.
* Obtains additional information from or provides instruction & guidance for customers/vendors; corrects or escalates.
* Provides financial policy interpretation to determine the validity of customer requests & ensure compliance.
* Contacts outside agencies, banks &/or banking systems to obtain clarification of rules &/or regulations.
* Enters information into database.
* Grants &/or Awards
* Approves expenditures on travel, consulting &/or equipment, along with various forms, such as Intra Institutional Vouchers, Requests for Accounting Corrections.
* Administration
* Provides excellent customer service, over the phone and in person answering standard questions regarding status of requests, policies and procedures for processing transactions, &/or instructions for completing paperwork.
* Instructs & advises regarding options and appropriate courses of action & follows-up inquiries to ensure customer satisfaction.
* Training
* Assists with training of new staff members
* Creates & provides financial training on practice, procedure, policy &/or laws & regulations to customers.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Senior Accounting Specialist Do At General Dynamics Mission Systems

* Work independently billing 50+ complex Cost Plus (CPFF, CPAF, CPIF), Time & Material (T&M), and Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contracts per month.
* Complete accurate and compliant contract invoices in support of revenue, EBIT and cash goals.
* Meet all invoice submission and/or distribution deadlines.
* T&M Bill Rate and ACRN Maintenance, Contract reconciliations, and Pre
* Closeout support
* Maintain billing folders and contract documents for assigned projects.
* Work closely with Financial Analysts, Contract Administrators, and Project Managers.
* Follow all Billing Policies & Procedures to ensure successful internal/external audits.
* Perform invoice Peer reviews for staff validating for accuracy and completeness prior to submission to the customer.
* Analyze payments for Accounts Receivable and assist the Cash Application group with unidentified customer payments as needed.
* Contact customers for payment inquiries/updates as needed.
* Work as an integral team member in lowering overall Billing Cycle Times and increase collections

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How To Become A Senior Accounting Specialist

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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Senior Accounting Specialist Career Paths

Senior Accounting Specialist
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Treasury Analyst
Cash Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Accounts Receivable Specialist Credit And Collections Analyst
Credit And Collection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accounting Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Finance Manager General Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Controller Senior Finance Analyst
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

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  • Vietnamese

  • Cantonese

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Real Senior Accounting Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Accounting Mananger E*Trade Financial Corporation Arlington, VA Aug 19, 2012 $97,843 -
Senior Accounting Specialist Hyundai Power Transformers USA Montgomery, AL Jan 15, 2016 $89,630
SR Staffing Industry Tax & Accounting Specialist Granite Solutions Groupe Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2013 $86,237 -
Senior Revenue Accounting Specialist PTC Inc. Needham, MA Feb 22, 2016 $82,250
Senior Accounting Specialist Hyundai Power Transformers USA Montgomery, AL Jul 28, 2016 $73,970
Senior Accounting Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 26, 2015 $68,000 -
Senior Revenue Accounting Specialist PTC Inc. Needham, MA Jan 07, 2016 $67,413 -
Senior Revenue Accounting Specialist PTC Inc. Needham, MA Jul 27, 2016 $67,413 -
Senior Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA May 23, 2012 $64,500 -
Accountant SR, Accounting Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Jul 27, 2015 $61,880 -
Senior Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Aug 22, 2010 $58,483
SR. Accounting Specialist Mars Information Services Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2014 $56,100 -
Senior Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Sep 29, 2013 $55,200 -
SR. Accounting Specialist Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Sep 29, 2010 $52,800 -
Senior Accounting Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Oct 23, 2015 $50,590
Senior Accounting Specialist Powertech America, Inc. West Point, GA Sep 08, 2014 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Accounting Specialist


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Top Senior Accounting Specialist Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Monthly Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drafted the monthly financial statements for internal/external investors/creditors.
  • Assist with monthly analysis and reconciliations of general ledger accounts, including bank accounts and employees.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries for interest accruals.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Review timecards for errors prior to releasing them for payroll processing weekly.

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