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Assistant Controller

Des Moines, IA | Full Time
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Job Description

Purpose

Do you have experience in managing and developing accounting team members? Do you have a strong attention to detail and the ability to self-manage and prioritize your workload? Do you have strong GAAP and STAT knowledge of accounting policies and procedures? Do you have an extensive understanding of accounting processes and systems while striving toward continual improvement and efficiencies?

 

ARAG is hiring an assistant controller! This person will oversee key accounting functions and personnel responsible for budgeting/forecasting, cash management, financial statement reporting, payroll and various general accounting functions. Strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately – verbally and in writing – are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

General Accounting

  • Reviews company cash accounts daily; approves transfers between accounts, as deemed necessary.
  • Manages accounts payable function to ensure proper segregation of duties and strong adherence to controls for payment processing.
  • Responsible for administration of corporate credit card program – approving new cardholders, monitoring limits, and escalated requests from cardholders and accounting team.
  • Manages month-end, quarter-end, and year-end accounting close, including consolidation of subsidiary companies.
  • Reviews financial statements for accuracy, both GAAP and Statutory basis.
  • Analytically reviews financial statements and general ledger account reconciliations and investigates differences from expectations.
  • Coordinates day-to-day general accounting and administrative responsibilities, ensures tasks have adequate process documentation and back-up training.
  • Leads internal and external audits; prepares and reviews audit workpapers with strong attention to detail and answers auditor questions, as necessary.
  • Adheres to processes and internal controls; focuses on continual improvement and strengthening of controls.
  • Provides back-up and assistance to accounting team.

Budgeting, Forecasting & Reporting

  • Leads accounting team for software configuration, training, and oversees timeline for periodic financial budgets and forecasts.
  • Assesses the reasonability of budget/forecast data through analytical review and collaboration with department leadership.
  • Reviews Quarterly and Annual Statutory Statements in conformity with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Accounting Practices and Procedures manual.
  • Prepares and reviews US GAAP reporting, including internal management financials, monthly/quarterly request from parent company, etc.
  • Ensures all reporting deadlines are met.

Payroll & Benefit Administration

  • Leads review of semi-monthly payroll processing, including collaboration with third-party administrator (ADP).
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local payroll, wage, and hour laws and best practices.
  • Leads team in administration of 401k, non-qualified deferred compensation, variable compensation, incentive bonus and other compensation/benefits programs. Displays strong knowledge and comfort with benefit program provisions and calculations.
  • Leads implementation of new payroll tax laws and regulations.
  • Reviews quarterly federal/state tax returns and reports, including annual W-2 reporting to all employees for accuracy.

People Management

  • Manages accounting team members, collaboratively setting goals and expectations, celebrating success, and providing constructive feedback.
  • Provides guidance and leads by example in performing all tasks, ensuring efforts align with company priorities.
  • Ensures team members have back-up plans for time off.
  • Mentors accounting team members through development of sound controls and business practices.
  • Champions continuous learning, ensure team members acquire specialized skills and training necessary to provide outstanding client service.
  • Serves as a positive role model by representing ARAG at its Best.

Other

  • Provides thought leadership on changes to systems and processes with strong attention to maintaining segregation of duties and implementing controls to reduce risk.
  • Maintains positive environment by actively supporting and promoting department and company objectives.
  • Other duties and special projects, as assigned.

Qualifications

Knowledge

  • Strong GAAP and STAT knowledge of accounting policies and procedures
  • Solid understanding of financial controls (segregation of duties, reconciliations, etc.)
  • Extensive knowledge of payroll processing
  • Experience managing and developing others

Skills

  • Strong GAAP and STAT knowledge of accounting policies and procedures
  • Solid understanding of financial controls (segregation of duties, reconciliations, etc.)
  • Extensive knowledge of payroll processing
  • Experience managing and developing others

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, required.

Experience

  • 5 years accounting experience, required. Previous management experience preferred.

Certifications, Licenses, Associations, etc.

  • None required. CPA encouraged. 

Physical

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Skills for Assistant Controller

The job skills required for Assistant Controller include Accounting, Financial Statements, GAAP, General Ledger, Accounts Payable,and Leadership etc. Having related job skills and expertise will give you an advantage when applying to be an Assistant Controller. That makes you unique and can impact how much salary you can get paid. Below are job openings related to skills required by Assistant Controller. Select any job title you are interested in and start to search job requirements.

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