Senior Audit Associate

Location: Dallas, TX
Date Posted: 02-15-2017
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of technical accounting literature within the GAAP and SEC hierarchies and is able to research issues and provide management with relevant information, technical guidance and conclusions on non-routine, complex issues.

Demonstrate an understanding of generally accepted auditing standards and common audit procedures and techniques for complex financial statement areas.

Become involved in billing responsibilities and client management.

Become involved in firm and service line administrative duties as requested.

Develop extensive knowledge in niche area.

Consistently demonstrate initiative and sense of responsibility in ensuring follow through of open items and issues through completion.

Develop and enhance client relationships through strong communication and project management skills.

Effectively execute audit plan in all financial statement areas

Research complex accounting treatment for issues on audit engagements, propose solutions and consult with more experienced staff as necessary.

Prioritize and manage multiple assignments of varying sizes and complexity within given time frame and budget.

Execute engagement planning activities which include gathering information for time budgets, coordinating all planning activities on engagements with the supervision and guidance from more experienced staff, and designing a risk based audit approach.

Assist and mentor Senior I Associates and Associates, actively cultivating an environment that challenges, encourages, and fosters learning.

Demonstrate the ability to plan, perform, and deliver work independently with limited supervision on engagements.

Supervise staff on multiple concurrent engagements.

Monitor and supervise progress of Associates and Senior I’s in all engagement phases; provide performance feedback when needed.

Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of financial statements and the inter-relationship between statements;

Experienced in preparation of financial statements and related note disclosures.

Effectively delegate tasks to facilitate professional development and efficient utilization of firm resources.

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the financial statement preparation process.

Work closely with all experienced team members to identify and resolve issues encountered in completing engagement objectives through effective and timely communication.

Consistently take ownership of assigned engagements and demonstrate the ability to plan multiple concurrent engagements and effectively see engagements through to completion.

Keep supervisors apprised of engagement and scheduling issues on a timely basis.

Work with direct report manager to develop an appropriate plan of professional development, professional reading, and CPE, and take responsibility to ensure that plan is executed.

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the client’s operations and accounting system, financial condition, and the industry in which it operates.

Establish and maintain a good working relationship and demonstrate effective communication with client personnel at appropriate levels.

Maintain appropriate professionalism in client and team interactions.

Submit work papers for review that are complete, well organized, and timely.
Responsible for reviewing workpapers and ensuring that deliverables and workpapers produced by team members are clear, concise, and comply with firm standards

Actively participate in developing project budgets and deliver assignments on time and within budget.

Adhere to the Firm’s policies and procedures, ACTION philosophy, demonstrate their importance to others, and provide input to management on suggested modifications to Firm policies and procedures as necessary.

Be familiar with and adhere to relevant ethical requirements of the AICPA, contained in the Code of Professional Conduct, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, and the Texas Society of CPA’s in discharging their professional responsibilities.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.

Masters degree in Accounting or related field is preferred.

Skills:

Thorough understanding of GAAP and GAAS.

Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Team orientation and strong interpersonal skills.

Strong project management skills.

Sufficient technical skills to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.

CPA candidate required, CPA strongly preferred.

3 – 4 + years or more of public accounting experience, industry, or a combination of public accounting and industry experience, or its equivalent.

Experience supervising 2-6 or more individuals.

Thorough understanding of common audit procedures and techniques.

Demonstrate independent thinking and strong decision-making skills.

Experience with a variety of industries and types of audits (SEC, government, non-profit, etc.) preferred.
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