Fixed Asset Accountant

Location
California, United States
Posted
26 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Aug 2019
Ref
4881
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

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Job Summary

This position is responsible for accounting for the fixed asset accounts of the Institute, including recording and reviewing related activity, maintenance of general ledger, grants management and fixed asset module reconciliations, and related reporting.

Job Duties

  • Performs analysis for annual capitalized interest and componentization process, the funding of capital expenditures, and reviews for capital and operating leases
  • Performs periodic account reconciliations and analysis of the fixed asset accounts. Independently identifies, investigates and resolves variances, often working with multiple Institute teams
  • Prepares periodic reports and related analysis for internal and external customers, and external financial audits
  • Performs research and analysis as well as ad hoc reporting and makes recommendations for appropriate resulting actions
  • Provides financial reports to the Controller, the Budget Director, the Finance Director-Campus Planning, and the external financial audit team
  • Researches and prepares US Census surveys of capital expenditures
  • Prepares complex financial schedules to track funding of capital building and land improvement projects
  • Creates and maintains procedure documentation
  • Performs other special projects or tasks as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent with at least 2 years experience in Accounting
  • Solid knowledge of accounting principles
  • Excellent organizational and follow up skills, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical, detail-oriented and thorough worker
  • Ability to work with a high degree of detail and able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines, while providing an accurate work product
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with a high level of problem solving skills
  • Ability to understand business processes, and identify and create improvements toward greater effectiveness and efficiency
  • Ability to learn and apply available tools and procedures
  • Ability to document procedures
  • Flexibility in dealing with changes in approach and/or deliverables
  • Experience with MS Office programs, particularly Excel, and understanding of accounting systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Oracle and Cognos
  • Experience with Excel pivot tables and advanced functions is highly desired
  • Previous experience in fixed asset accounting
  • Performs analysis for annual capitalized interest and componentization process, the funding of capital expenditures, and reviews for capital and operating leases. (25%)
  • Performs periodic account reconciliations and analysis of the fixed asset accounts. Independently identifies, investigates and resolves variances, often working with multiple Institute teams. (15%)
  • Provides financial reports to the Controller, the Budget Director, the Finance Director-Campus Planning, and the external financial audit team. (5%)
  • Researches and prepares US Census surveys of capital expenditures. (2%)
  • Creates and maintains procedure documentation. (1%)
  • Performs other special projects or tasks as assigned. (2%)
  • Prepares periodic reports and related analysis for internal and external customers, and external financial audits. (10%)
  • Performs research and analysis as well as ad hoc reporting and makes recommendations for appropriate resulting actions. (20%)
  • Prepares complex financial schedules to track funding of capital building and land improvement projects. (10%)
  • Performs other special projects or tasks as assigned. (10%)

Required Documents

  • Resume