• Senior Accountant

    Job Locations US-WI-Madison
    Req No.
    2018-2977
    Category
    Finance & Accounting
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Summary of Major Responsibilities

    The Senior Accountant position creates financial transactions and creates financial reports from that information, but is also responsible for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Senior Accountant also reconciles accounts to ensure their accuracy and completeness.  The Senior Accountant acts as a mentor for more junior accounting staff. In addition, the Senior Accountant assists with establishing policies and procedures for purchasing and financial reporting, and helps maintain the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 compliance. This position reports to the Accounting Manager.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Principal Accountabilities

    • Establish and maintain accounting policies and procedures that are in compliance with applicable government regulations (SOX, GAAP, IFRS).
    • Proactive ownership role in continuous process improvements as it relates to the company’s internal controls, process memos and control matrices. 
    • Assist in the preparation of SEC quarterly and annual reports.
    • Review and support all disclosures in SEC filings.
    • Monitor industry/regulatory changes with respect to accounting standards adopted by the company, and develop new processes and policies to accommodate accordingly.
    • Ability to perform technical accounting research and prepare detailed accounting analysis to arrive at proposal of accounting treatment.
    • Ability to work independently and cross-functionally with teams across the organization to take on new tasks with high level of difficulty.
    • Individual will be expected to work with minimal up-front guidance and take ownership of his/her work product. The individual will work closely with all major functional leaders of the company.
    • Must be able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment.
    • Conduct periodic reconciliations of all accounts to ensure their accuracy.
    • Assist in financial statement preparation through performing consolidating journal entries, foreign currency translation and revaluation, and by maintaining the trial balance.
    • Ability to analyze financial statements and corroborate changes identified.
    • Assist with annual internal and external financial statement audits. Complete requested materials. Assist in preparing assigned schedules for the annual and interim audits.
    • Back-up duties assigned to other members of the finance team.
    • Coordinate and resolve various issues with bank such as cleared check differences, targeted balance calculations and enhancements to online services.
    • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements.
    • Contribute to department and organization special projects as assigned.
    • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Provide clerical and administrative support to management as requested.

    Qualifications

    Mandatory Skills

    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Software Suite.

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration required.
    • Minimum of three years of experience in public accounting or in a corporate accounting.
    • Advanced knowledge of Excel.

    Preferred Education and Experience

    • Master’s degree is preferred.
    • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations are preferred.
    • Life Sciences industry knowledge is preferred.
    • Experience with SAP preferred.

    Physical Requirements

    • Ability to use computers daily in an interactive manner for extended periods of time and up to 8 hours per day.
    • Ability to sit for an extended period of time.
    • Ability to stand for extended periods of time and up to 6 hours at a time.
    • Ability to travel (by land and air), both domestically and internationally, on occasion.
    • Ability to frequently and accurately communicate with employees, customers, and vendors in person, via the telephone or by email.
    • Constant walking or motion to coordinate work and interact with co-workers.
    • Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds on an occasional basis.

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    We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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