Hamilton, Ontario, successful, owner-managed, public accounting firm with a diverse and growing client base needs to hire either a Junior or Intermediate Accountant who wants to learn and become an invaluable, hands-on Accountant. The firm only provides Notice-to-Reader and Review work (no audits), so those who are actively pursuing the public practice CPA designation need not apply.
The CPA Owner is respected for his vast accounting, income tax and business knowledge, a can-do attitude and client-service focus. The Junior or Intermediate will be trained and supervised by the CPA Supervisor and have regular contact with the CPA Owner and the firm’s clients. This position requires a candidate with a can-do attitude and an innate desire to be of service to others.
The ideal Junior or Intermediate Accountant will have:
- Successfully completed a two or three year College Degree in Business, or equivalent (Accounting Focus Preferred) and have hands-on experience with full-set-of-books bookkeeping. AP and/or AR experience, without bookkeeping experience, is not enough of a background to be successful in this Accountant career opportunity.
- The candidates must have a desire to work hands-on, remain in public accounting and an easy daily commute to the firm’s downtown Hamilton office.
- Minimum of intermediate level skills with Excel and Word are required and a similar understanding of Caseware, Caseview, Tax Prep, Simply and Quickbooks (or equivalent) is preferred. Candidates without Caseware experience will need to be quick and effective learners of computer software solutions.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English).
- A proven track record of being a fast-learner with a genuine interest in growing professionally – yet not looking to become a CPA.
- Consistently meet time constraints and all individual client and corporate deadlines. And, be able to set up time budgets on jobs previously handled and can direct bookkeepers where appropriate.
- The ability to work independently, have good interpersonal skills and be always willing to be a team player.
- Enlist advice/assistance from the CPA Supervisor and/or Owner when situations beyond their area of expertise arise.
Preference will be given to candidates who have:
- Work experience in a public accounting firm.
The salary range for the Junior or Intermediate Accountant position is $32,500 - $55,000 (depending on qualification and experience), payment or reimbursement of training and development costs plus a discretionary bonus.
If you are or know of a hands-on, Bookkeeper or Accountant who is well organized, accurate and able to work efficiently under pressure of scheduled deadlines, we would like to hear from you. Please see additional details below. No agencies please.
This small, Hamilton, public accounting firm, in business for over 30 years, requires a Junior or Intermediate Accountant who:
- Gathers facts and figures, monitors self and achieves goals in a timely and factual manner.
- Is well organized, neat, detail-oriented, able to multi-task and self-manage. Getting things right, attention to detail, ensuring quality and standards and reducing error to a minimum are important factors for this position.
- Retains a formal and professional manner, reflects on difficult situations and remains unemotional in order to resolve problems.
- Seeks ways of perfecting work outcomes, raising standards, reducing errors and overcoming omissions.
- Especially when dealing with clients, will be non-confrontational in order to achieve agreed and acceptable standards and timelines – adopting or maintaining a non-demanding yet strong work ethic.
- Supports the CPA Supervisor and the firm’s clients and provides practical knowledge, competence and accounting and tax preparation expertise.
- Works persistently when gathering information and seeking solutions to problems.
- Listens, absorbs and digests information and at the same time builds upon stable relationships.
- Remains outwardly calm and self-controlled – prepared to listen to what others think and feel in order to build upon stable business relationships. Candidates with reactive, rather than proactive, behavioural styles are likely to be better suited to this role.
- Regularly demonstrates a high level of both productivity and accuracy.
- Consistency, dependability and persistence to see each client file through to completion are important attributes in this position.
- Is prepared and willing to actively learn from the firm’s CPA Supervisor who files need to be prepared and then ensure that those requirements are consistently met.
- Candidates who possess a natural preference for following established procedures and recognized systems are likely to be well aligned with the Accountant role.
- Upon arrival, work with the CPA Supervisor and receive hands on training regarding how the firm prepares year end files and begin to apply the professional and firm standards and submit work to the Supervisor for review or adjustment recommendations.
- Record time spent daily in Caseware software solution.
- Within 60 days, under the guidance and supervision of the CPA Supervisor, prepare and index client working papers: Performing various procedures including, but not limited to, reconciliation of bank and credit card amounts, enquiry of possible cut off issues and reconciliation to accounts receivable and accounts payable, non-review of various expense accounts to determine proper classification and recording.
- Prepare and index working papers to verify accuracy and validity of client’s financial statements.
- Perform minor bookkeeping adjustments to client’s trial balance via year-end adjusting entries.
- Prepare draft year-end financial statements for the CPA Supervisor to review and approve.
- Within 90 days, complete client (T2, and HST) corporate tax returns and participate in client engagements including, but not limited to, ensuring accurate entry of financial statement information, determination of various non-deductible amounts requiring addback on the tax return, comparing current year’s data entry to prior year’s data to ensure completion of tax return information and completion of other aspects of corporate income tax return to ‘draft’ filing position. Then, or along the way, show the work to the CPA Supervisor and accept and take action to adjust or correct work to the firm’s standards.
- During tax season, while actively demonstrating and supporting the firm’s philosophy, policies, procedures and tax opinions, complete T1 personal income tax returns for clients and have the CPA Supervisor review the work before final submission.
- Proactively demonstrate actions and present recommendations to resolve client issues and thereby help strengthen client relationships and loyalty as you grow in the position.
- Research and recommend tax planning opportunities for each client.
- Demonstrate general knowledge of economics, political and business conditions that may impact clients.
- Maintain positive and professional communications with work superiors, the bookkeeping department and clients.
- Other and ad-hoc requests and special projects as required within a growing, Owner-managed, public accounting firm.
- With time, training and success in the Junior or Intermediate Accountant position, for the right incumbent, further career growth within the firm will be considered.
We thank all applicants for their interest.