The Staff Accountant – Americas provides moderate to complex analyses, accounting, reporting, and reconciliation services to the BSA department and regional managers and member committees specializing in the Americas countries. The position provides direct support to BSA activities in Americas and the BSA offices in Brazil and coordinates all payments executed in Brazil and Argentina. The Staff Accountant - Americas provides an internal control review of transactions and provides process documentation, and back-up to other functional accounting areas. This role reports to the Accounting Manager and provides a wide range of critical accounting, reporting and internal control functions.
Professional Experience and Qualifications:
Master of Accountancy degree required with the knowledge, ability and skills to analyze, process, and recommend handling of accounting transactions.
CPA or current candidate for CPA preferred.
2 years prior accounting experience demonstrating knowledge and skills necessary to meet accounting tasks as assigned.
Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese extremely helpful.
Possess strong knowledge and skills in the effective and efficient use of automated accounting, budgeting, reporting, and office productivity systems.
GP Dynamics experience preferred.
Experience working with general ledger and chart of accounts necessary.
Ability and desire to manage and prioritize multiple projects to completion under pressing deadlines.
Ability to produce accurate, complete and timely work.
Ability to work independently on assigned projects.
Possess and use analytical skills to effectively and efficiently understand emerging issues, relational contexts, and to communicate findings and recommendations to others timely and effectively.
Ability to anticipate future problems, needs, or changes, and implement or suggest solutions.
Desire to stay informed of BSA, industry, and member company developments.
Communicate and interact effectively with all levels of BSA staff in a team environment.
Accounting for BSA Latin America and North America revenue, payables and expense activities and offices
Accounting research, analysis, reconciliations of general ledger and foreign bank and trust accounts. Analysis and use of audit techniques and work papers to identify accounting transaction irregularities and reconciliation items to be adjusted for the general ledger and bank account balances. Prepares journal entries for booking the transactions in the automated financial systems.
Analyzes, determines and prepares schedules for Latin America enforcement expenses, foreign taxes and accruals for balance sheet and income statement presentation. Prepares JEs to record accrual adjustments needed and for taxes.
Examines Latin America invoices and initiates approval and payment transactions for BSA in Brazil and Argentina. Advises and works with regional staff on invoice and payment issues
Prepares audit work papers and lead schedules, including notes to the financial statements, dues aging, dues foreign currency gain and losses, dues fluctuation, deferred dues and assessments details, dues allowance for doubtful accounts analysis, other receivable allowance for doubtful accounts analysis.
Measures and accounts for and reports on transactions denominated in foreign currencies and calculates their effect on the BSA’s GAAP income statements and balance sheet accounts and budget.
Closes month-end and year-end records and prepares period and annual financial reports
Analyzes accounts receivable aging accounts, calculates bad debt expense and prepares supporting reports and journal entries to book bad debt expense and allowances in accordance with GAAP.
Uses the accounting transaction documentation and external foreign currency systems to prepare foreign exchange gain/loss worksheet to calculate foreign currency gain/loss and prepare report and book journal entries.
Documents accounting policies and internal controls, narratives and flowcharts processing and approval systems. Participates in internal audit process and draft internal audit report.
Review, documentation and implementation of changes and upgrades to the accounting system, accounting protocols, processes and accounting forms. Responsible for maintaining and updating travel and expense form and resolving issues related to staff questions. Responsible for updating and maintaining Latin America workflow charts and invoice uploading and processing manuals as well as training manuals for Latin America revenue and payable processing.
Interview, train and supervise interns, including reviewing and editing their work, and providing feedback.
Analyzes membership contracts and prepares dues and special project invoices and books deferred dues. Recognizes dues income per GAAP and reconciles deferred invoices and remaining deferred revenue.
Reviews accounts payable transactions checks and blank checks for accuracy and reconciling them to supporting documents.
Performs special projects and creates special reports for the Controller and Assistant Controller.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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