Accounting Job Descriptions
Accounting Job Descriptions
Known as the ‘language of business’, accountancy can be a popular financial profession. There are many different roles in the accounting sector which are explained below to help you.
This can be a popular type of accounting job for new entrants. Enrolled Agents are federally-authorised tax practitioners who represent the taxpayer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have unlimited rights in doing so, meaning they can choose which specific group of taxpayers to represent before the IRS. In order to become an enrolled agent, the applicant must pass an examination, set by the IRS, which also involves short continuing professional education every five years of employment.
As one of the most valuable services accountants can provide to their clients, bookkeeping is key to all other parts of an accountant’s job as all data is affected by the accuracy of bookkeeping. Bookkeepers need to be organised as they are responsible for recording all business transactions carried out by the company represented, which must be updated and checked regularly. A bookkeeper essentially keeps track of all money spent by the company and balancing this against the company’s assets ensuring no errors.
An Accounting Clerk is another one of the entry level accounting jobs as well as the Bookkeeper. The clerk must prepare and report financial data to the management. The preparing of reports can be slightly mundane, although extremely useful for learning basic skills needed for any accounting job. This role may be good for young aspiring accountants to start at to help build skills and later progress onto a more experienced role.
The Director is effectively the ‘manager’ of the lower accounting team in a company, as they manage the activities of the lower Accountants i.e. Bookkeepers and Clerks. The Accounting Director handles many administrative tasks such as cost accounting, payroll etc. which they will later report to higher management.
This management level accountant oversees accounting activities within the accounting organisation and will usually report to the Chief Financial Officer. The Controller oversees the company’s internal accounting controls and ensuring they are functioning properly as well as creating and enforcing policies and practices for the accounting department to abide by.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer is a high level accounting job and is responsible for analysing the financial risks within a business firm. The accounting and finance department within a company will report to the CFO and provide data for them to later asses the capability of future financial risks for the company ensuring as little financial loss as possible.
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