Senior Accountant I

Children's National Medical Center - Silver Spring, MD4.0

30+ days agoFull-time
This position will primarily be responsible for the accounting of specific financial activity according to generally accepted accounting principles and the monthly closing process. The position will assist the Accounting Managers in maintaining the integrity of the general ledger, as well as the financial reporting systems and processes. This position will assist the staff accountants with analyses, including account reconciliation and verification of system interfaces, and assist them in drawing conclusions and recommend solutions or improvements as a result. This position will perform complex analyses, including account reconciliation and verification of system interfaces. In addition, this position functions as a resource to the Accounting Managers and the Controller and supports the mission of Children's National Health System.

This position will lead, coach, evaluate and partner with 1 - 3 staff accounts.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance or equivalent work experience.
CPA preferred, but not required

Minimum Work Experience
3 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 3+ years of relevant experience
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of major accounting software packages.
Public accounting experience preferred, but not required
Complete understanding of the entire financial process, specifically month end close.
Ability to identify problems and find creative, effective solutions.
Strong analytical and accounting skills.
Intermediate to advanced experience with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and similar programs.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines and handle confidential materials.
Demonstrate ability to lead, train and supervise.
Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Ability to work independently and as part of a team and take on new tasks with high level of difficulty.
The 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 Organization.

Functional Accountabilities

Financial Analysis

Review account reconciliations and analysis
Prepare more complex account reconciliations and analysis
Perform research to comply with departmental monthly performance requests
Assist with special projects and provide support to the accounting managers
Collect and analyze data to report on the organizational progress relative to our established targets .
Provide strategic support and address management needs for financial information through routine or ad hoc financial reports and analysis.
Monitor and ensure timely identification and compliance with evolving accounting guidance, provide US GAAP interpretation and prepare technical memorandums that document issues in a clear, logical and comprehensive manner
Communicate and explain accounting issues and evolving accounting guidance to the management team
Financial Reporting

Review GL entries required to record the activities of the various business units.
Prepare complex GL entries required to record the activities of the various business units
Assist with the monthly financial close process.
Other duties as assigned
Operations Management

Work (Liaise) with Business Units and/or Specialty Practice staff to develop value-adding information to facilitate the Finance Department's effectively partnering with internal clients.
Continually improve processes and facilitate the department's ability to respond to financial information needs/requests.
Continually explore new methods to improve operations, work with management team to gain acceptance, and support implementation efforts.
Communicate operational issues and progress toward goals to other members of the management team.
Back-up month-end duties assigned to other Senior Accountants.

Liaise with inter-departmental staff to coordinate information transfers to ensure timely and accurate preparation of recurring financial reporting packages, including Business Operations, Physicians Practice, Accounting, Finance, Treasury, Financial Planning and others as needed.