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Senior Accountant

Location: Oakland, CA Job Number: 698821 Date posted: 05/14/2018
Description: The Senior Accountant is responsible for the proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Kaiser Permanente policies and internal control standards. Responsibilities include analyzing account transactions, preparing complex account reconciliations, resolving reconciling items, and preparing accounting statements and reports. Provides training for systems processes and procedures for accounting team members. Facilitates productivity, system and procedural changes to streamline processes and increase productivity. Plans, coordinates and resolves accounting matters with other accounting team members, departments, and business units. Works independently and provides guidance to Accountants and Accounting Technicians. Develops solutions to accounting problems of moderate scope and complexity. Works under the direction of Lead Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager.

Essential Functions:
  • Ensures proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with GAAP, Kaiser Permanente policies and internal control standards.
  • Communicates and supports analytical findings.
  • Pursues resolution of business issues impacting the financial statements in a proactive, independent manner.
  • Prepares journal entries, including appropriate documentation.
  • Ensures that general ledger and sub-ledger are reconciled and reconciling items are resolved.
  • Prepares schedules, supporting documents, and variance analyses for management.
  • Prepares account reconciliations for moderate to complex accounts.
  • Reviews account reconciliations with the Lead Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager.
  • Participates in month end close activities.
  • Proactively participates in month-end balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position.
  • Communicates issues and resolutions to management and affected areas/departments.
  • Coordinates solutions to problems of moderate complexity with other departments and business units.
  • Provides guidance, coaches and reviews work of Accountants and Accounting Technicians.
  • Provides training for systems processes and procedures for accounting team members.
  • Provides education on the use and interpretation of analyses, reports, methodologies and source data management.
  • Monitors work for proper internal controls and SOX requirements and recommends improvements.
  • Assists with audit requirements and is responsible for information requests.
  • Identifies and communicates opportunities for change to improve performance.
  • Ensures that automated interfaces to the general ledger are functioning as intended.
  • Identifies and communicates system problems to management.
  • Reviews posting of automated, system-generated entries.
  • Utilizes tools such as system queries and download, Excel functions (pivot tables and Vlookup) and Access database.
  • Facilitates productivity, system and procedural changes to streamline processes and increase productivity.
  • Performs special projects of moderate to complex scope.
  • Maintains desktop procedures and manuals.
  • Participates in departmental projects and initiatives.
  • Participates effectively in a team environment.

  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum of four (4) years of related experience in financial analysis, preparing financial reports, statements, projections and budgeting.
  • Experience researching solutions for simple to moderately complex accounting issues.
    Education
  • Bachelor's degree with emphasis in business, finance, or accounting, OR other bachelor's degree with four (4) years of professional experience in finance or accounting.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
    Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
  • N/A.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Working knowledge of GAAP, internal controls, and accounting procedures.
  • Knowledge and ability to translate data into accurate financial and management reports.
  • Aptitude for numbers, organization skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to perform a variety of detailed accounting functions and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to integrate data from multiple sources, and determine adequacy for financial reporting requirements for GAAP, Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care.
  • Ability to build good relationships within the department, across department lines and with external third parties.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to assist with SOX compliance related to assigned accounting responsibilities.
  • Strong spreadsheet (Excel) and word processing (Word) skills.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Health care or managed care experience in high volume processing centers.
  • Ability to successfully navigate a matrix organization.
  • Database (Access) skills.
    Primary Location: California,Oakland,1950 Franklin 1950 Franklin Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Accounting, Finance and Actuarial Services Department: Capital Assets - AMCO Travel: No
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
  • About Accounting, Finance, & Actuarial Careers

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    Applying probability and statistics to the practical problems of insurance, our actuarial team performs a variety of duties, including calculating the cost of premiums and policy values, preparing statistical studies, and forecasting financial results.

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