How to write an Accountant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Accountant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Accountant job titles

    Entry-level Accountant/Bookkeeper
    Accounts Payable Specialist
    Payroll and Collections Accountant
    Senior Staff Accountant

Accountant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Accountant job summary

We’re looking for an organised and driven Staff Accountant to join the growing team at our company. The Staff Accountant will work closely with our other accountants and operations personnel and handle day-to-day bookkeeping. We’re an energetic company and are looking for a passionate individual to join our organisation, revitalise our record keeping and bring more organisation to our day-to-day financials.

Accountant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Accountant responsibilities

    Perform monthly, quarterly and annual accounting activities including reconciliations of bank and credit card accounts, coordination and completion of annual audits, and reviewing financial reports/support as necessary
    Analyse and report on financial status including income statement variances, communicating financial results to management, budget preparation and analysis
    Improve systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions
    Oversee taxes and abide by federal regulations

Accountant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Accountant skills

    5+ years’ accounting experience
    Expertise with QuickBooks
    Extensive knowledge of Australian GAAP
    Advanced computer skills in MS Office, accounting software and databases
    Excellent organisational, problem-solving, project management and communication skills
    Additional experience in audits and international accounting
    Experience with SaaS companies
    CPA certification

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