Accounting Assistant Job Description

What is an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting assistants support the accounting deparment with their day-to-day functions by performing entry-level accounting duties. The primary work focus for accounting assistants is on accounts receivable and accounts payable. In addition, they help with collections, billing, audits, and journal entries. Most accounting assistants work in either private accounting offices or for larger accounting firms across a wide variety of sectors.

Accounting assistants generally possess, at minimum, an associate's degree in accounting, bookkeeping, or finance. The strongest accounting assistants are reliable, detail oriented, and comfortable working independently.

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Job Overview

Come work at Sample Company, one of the leading companies in our field in the Springfield metro area. We're proud of our 3.5 Glassdoor rating. We're now hiring an experienced Accounting Assistant to join our growing team. If you're hard-working and dedicated, Sample Company is a perfect place to get ahead. You'll be glad you applied to Sample Company.

Responsibilities for Accounting Assistant

  • Support duties related to accounts payable and accounts receivable functions
  • Assist with preparation of financial and statistical statements and reports
  • Analyze financial information in order to identify discrepencies
  • Research and resolve discrepancies in a timely fashion
  • Maintain confidentiality of all financial data
  • Interpret and apply accounting policies, rules, and regulations to all work in order to ensure compliance with applicable standards
  • Compile and prepare routine reports and summaries

Qualifications for Accounting Assistant

  • At minimum, an Associate's degree in Accounting, Bookkeeping, Finance, or similar field. Bachelor's degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience can be substituted.
  • 1-3 years of relevant, hands-on accounting experience
  • Proficient to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications, including Excel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently on assigned duties
  • Demonstrates an ability to manage a variety of priorities while meeting deadlines

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