Accounting Manager

Employer
WSSC Water
Location
Laurel, MD
Posted
Oct 19, 2021
Closes
Oct 21, 2021
Ref
151368643
Hours
Full Time
The Accounting Manager oversees advanced professional accounting and analysis, directs the work of professional accountants, coordinates financial system (general ledger and assets) activities and sub-system interfaces to the general ledger and serves as lead in the implementation of new/ enhanced systems that will impact accounting/analysis data.Essential FunctionsManages financial system (General Ledger and Assets) activities and sub-system interfaces to the general ledger; monitors on-going system operations, performing routine maintenance and managing upgrade/implementation processes (includes non-financial systems impacting the general ledger; designs and coordinates user acceptance testing and testing of new system functionality; coordinates with vendors, and/or IT to identify and resolve programming and functionality problems; represents financial system end users in projects/discussions with information systems personnel, and other system/module administrators; acts as Accounting lead in the implementation of new or enhanced systems that will impact accounting/analysis data; contributes expertise to cross-functional workgroups to enhance the data and process coordination between and among business units and software modules; applies relevant techniques and processes to ensure that data integrity, internal controls, and audit trails are maintained throughout all applications; serves as subject matter expert in General LedgerResponsible for the design, preparation and distribution of annual US GAAP Financials, monthly internal Comparative Financial Statements and management reports; directs and/or performs data analysis and manipulation in the creation of month end reports; coordinates research and reporting of analytical reviews/variance analyses of the balance sheet and results of operationsPrepares and reviews audit work papers and supporting schedules and documentation for external financial reporting; researches and remains up to date with new technical accounting standards and federal and state regulations and writes position papers and memos; advises on the accounting treatment of unusual transactions; initiates process improvement initiatives and updates Commission-wide internal control memorandums annually for the external auditors; develops, documents and maintains accounting procedures in compliance with accepted accounting and regulatory requirements; manages the development of annual audited financial statements, the annual uniform financial report for the State of Maryland, and various surveysManages the maintenance of the general ledger and reconciliation of accounts; ascertains the reliability of management data developed within WSSC Water and establishes processes to safeguard integrity; initiates process improvement initiatives; recommends operating, control, and reporting improvements; coordinates performance of advanced professional accounting and analysis of a varied natureManages the work of professional accountants/financial analysts; performs performance management evaluations in accordance with Commission policies; instructs employees on technical accounting issues and the interpretations and application of rules, regulations and accounting proceduresSupervises employees including selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and/or termination or recommending terminationPrepares special and periodic studies, ad hoc analysis and reporting as requested by internal customers and the Division ManagerOther FunctionsRepresents the Accounting Division Manager in meetings and conferences as directedAdvises the Accounting Division Manager on technical accounting issues and their relationship to the preparation of financial statementsAdvises the Accounting Division Manager on the relationship of accounting policies and practices to generally accepted accounting principles and Financial and Governmental Accounting Standards Board proceduresEstablishes and maintains the Accounting Procedures Manual for Commission-wide useCoordinates troubleshooting and problem resolution of issues impairing the operation of financial systems and/or processesPerforms other related duties as requiredWork Environment And Physical DemandsWork is performed in a business casual office setting.Required Knowledge, Skills, And AbilitiesThorough knowledge of accounting theory, principles and practice and their application to a wide variety of transactions and problem resolutionThorough knowledge of principles and practices of analytical review, including problem definition, setting evaluation criteria, and analysis of alternatives; ability to analyze financial information and prepare complex financial and administrative reportsThorough knowledge of accounting standards, principles, theories, techniques, and practices (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), applicable AICPA Industry Guides and Pronouncements)Thorough knowledge of internal controls; ability to analyze and interpret accounting and financial records and recommend improvementsThorough knowledge of WSSC Water's accounting system and regulations governing the Commission's operationsPrior experience in the design and installation of accounting/financial systems and related sub-ledgersExcellent project management skills including the ability to coordinate multiple projects, work independently and meet deadlinesDemonstrated skills in developing and presenting accurate and complete financial reportsAbility to plan, organize and coordinate the technical work of accountants and financial analysts, and provide effective trainingDemonstration of advanced skill and proficiency in the utilization of spreadsheets, databases, general ledger applications and related sub-ledgers, data manipulation and reporting toolsOverall knowledge of the Commission and its operationsAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and external organizations/individualsMinimum Education, Experience RequirementsBachelor's degree in Accounting or related field6+ years experience in public or corporate accounting and/or auditing including:3+ years recent experience in the operation and maintenance of general ledger software (Oracle General Ledger or equivalent)3+ years experience in financial analysis3+ years experience at the Senior Accountant levelORHigh School diploma or equivalent10+ years experience in accounting and/or auditing including:3+ years recent experience in the operation and maintenance of general ledger software (Oracle General Ledger or equivalent)3+ years experience in financial analysis3+ years experience at the Senior Accountant level

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