Reporting to the Associate Director, Benefits Accounting (AD) and working closely with the Benefits Accounting team, the Senior Benefits Accountant supports all financial and administrative activities for the Fringe Benefits operation.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Assists the AD in recording and reconciling fringe benefit accounting activity;
Prepares monthly accounting entries, accruals, reversals, amortizations, adjustments, and other accounting transactions;
Completes month-end, quarter-end and year-end closes and maintains the books and records for fringe benefits;
Prepares monthly account reconciliations, account analysis, variance analysis or other such analytics to ensure complete and accurate financial closes;
Assists in updating the budget and 5-year forecast tool quarterly and annually;
Reconciles health and welfare plan activity in the financial system;
Annual reconciliation of interdepartmental fringe pool charges and funding;
Monitors fringe revenue and expenses to ensure actual results track to projections;
Interacts with senior managers on all aspects of benefits accounting;
Reviews expense sub-codes and funding accounts to ensure that all activity charged to fringe pool has been authorized and is in accordance with policies;
Assists in preparation of annual budget, and monthly forecasts for senior management and managing the budget module
Processes all cash receipts; performs other related duties and special projects, as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a minimum of three to five years related experience required
MBA, CPA and/or other professional qualification is strongly preferred in conjunction with a relevant undergraduate concentration.
Experience in a higher education or healthcare environment preferred, or any other non-profit accounting environment.
PeopleSoft financial experience, including budget module a plus.
Solid understanding of accounting, finance and economic concepts required.
Strong data management and reporting, analytical and mathematical skills and proficiency with financial systems including advanced Excel skills and other office suite applications is required.
Must be a hands-on, detailed oriented individual with strong reconciliation skills, possessing an ability to manage multiple activities with competing deadlines, and comfortable working under strict deadlines.
Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills required.
Must be able to negotiate issues and resolve problems, whilst demonstrating initiative and the ability to work independently.
In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, and be flexible in nature.
The successful candidate must possess an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation.
Must have a demonstrated passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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