How to write an Accounting Manager 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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Accounting Manager 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 Accounting Manager job titles

    Accounting Manager
    Senior Accounting Manager
    Corporate Accounting Manager (CPA required)
    Controller

Accounting Manager 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 Accounting Manager job summary

Our company is looking for an experienced Accounting Manager to oversee our accounting department. The Accounting Manager will be responsible for monitoring general accounting practices, budgeting, developing internal accounting controls, tracking high volume corporate client accounts and building a strong financial team. The successful candidate for this position will report directly to our CFO and play an instrumental role in the financial future of the company.

Accounting Manager 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 Accounting Manager responsibilities

    Manage day-to-day accounting operations and ensure that there is a redundant process backup in place for every critical operation
    Create new internal accounting corporate policies and maintain existing policies
    Monitor emerging technology to determine ways to automate the accounting process without sacrificing accuracy and accountability
    Develop monthly and quarterly accounting reports for the management and executive teams
    Implement and monitor the month, quarter and year-end closeout accounting schedules

Accounting Manager 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 Accounting Manager skills

    Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required (master’s degree preferred)
    5+ years’ experience as a certified public accountant
    10+ years’ experience in an accounting leadership role
    Exceptional leadership abilities
    Strong budgeting, financial forecasting and financial analysis skills required

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