Accountant II

Location: Dearborn, MI, United States
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Prepares financial reports in accordance with corporate directives, statutory accounting principles, generally accepted accounting principles, and other regulatory requirements.  Reconciles deposit, disbursement, product systems and other accounts.  Maintains financial data and statistics on various automated systems. Coordinates interpretation of changes due to regulatory rulings.  Conducts research in order to determine implications of new products, services and changes in operating systems.
  • Reconciles complex deposit, disbursement, product systems and other accounts, using old and new technologies including automated reconciliation software and coordinates and tests system changes or upgrades.
  • Formally prepares, examines and ensures timeliness of supporting schedules to senior management, Board of Directors, internal and external auditors, National Association of Insurance Commissioners and other external agencies.
  • Develops and coordinates the implementation of accounts on the automated reconciliation software.  Identifies all required files, develops sequence of inputs, timing of schedule and match rules.
  • Maintains the automation reconciliation security profiles and system administration tables.
  • Participates in the modification of new and existing data systems to ensure compliance with area specifications and financial integrity.
  • Represents finance on corporate teams and initiatives to ensure compliance with financial specifications and integrity.
  • Monitors the preparation of reports concerning account activities such as account analyses for management and the schedule for external auditors.
  • Assists less senior staff in resolving automation reconciliation software issues and problems.
  • Attains and maintains the highest level of expertise as may be deemed necessary for established functional activities within the organization structure.
  • Assesses the impact of reporting changes necessitated by IRS, State, and regulatory Agency rulings and implements as required.
  • Determines implication of changes in corporate reporting and modifies accounting procedures to accommodate changes.
  • Develops financial models using spreadsheet software.
  • Develops and maintains job documentation and procedures.
  • Researches and develops procedures to improve efficiency and enhance controls.
  • Resolves problems affecting reconciliations with other units, areas and banks, including those related to both old and new technologies utilized by paper and paperless disbursement/receipt processes.
  • Works with vendors to resolve software and application problems affecting the reconciliation software.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Experience working in a multi-company, multi-state environment
  • Knowledge of AAA Michigan products and services
  • Strong organizational, planning, analytical, time management and administrative skills
  • Experience working with fixed asset software

Required Qualifications:
  • Associates degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
Professional experience in Accounting to include:
  • Equivalent to an Accountant I of at least 2 years
  • Preparation of financial reports utilizing user oriented programming languages including spreadsheet programs
  • Preparing complex bank reconciliations
  • Using automated accounting systems
Demonstrated skills in:
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Organization and planning
Knowledge of:
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Statutory Accounting Principles (SAP)
  • Accounting and audit principles
  • Federal and statutory reporting requirements
Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively with others in a work environment and with the public
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Research and analyze financial data
  •  Willingness to work irregular hours as required.
Tami Andrade Fitzpatrick
Senior Recruiter
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