Mgr Accounting Specialist

Hartford, Connecticut

Company Information
Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Summary
Under General Supervision, performs professional accounting work to ensure current, accurate and complete financial information. Develops and creates complex analysis and reports. Position does not manage others. General Supervision: Incumbent independently performs a variety of duties, including potentially complex duties within established policy guidelines; responsible for a defined set of assignments; is expected to set priorities and meet specific goals and objectives of the function or unit.

Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
  • Support preparation of monthly and quarterly reporting of International results. This includes consolidation and analysis of country financials as well as reporting and analysis of International's segment financials. Succinctly communicate key drivers of results to partners in countries, segments, and corporate.
  • Prepare reports to summarize and forecast business activity and financial results. Provide high level analysis and recommendations for corrective action as necessary.
  • Identify opportunities to improve monthly close process efficiency and accuracy across International and country finance.
  • Partnership with BI Finance Technology TM1 team and General Ledger unit on enhancements and maintenance of financial reporting tools.
  • Oversight and monitoring of the control environment across countries. Work with countries on control issues that arise outside of audit processes, streamline and align controls across countries where necessary, and assist in pre-audit preparation to proactively identify gaps and corrective plans.
  • Partner with countries during audit process to attend audit walkthroughs, prepare self-disclosures, review draft audit reports, develop Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), and monitor progress of CAPs post-audit. Liaise with counterparts in BI, PI, BSI finance to proactively identify trend in audit findings enterprise-wide.
  • Involvement in ad-hoc projects to support senior management. Including cost benefit analysis on potential business opportunities abroad and long-term International trend analysis.
  • Contribute to the achievement of business objectives through the accurate and timely identification and resolution of accounting issues/opportunities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the finance communities within International, Corporate, and all Segments (BI, PI, BSI). Navigate a highly matrixed organization to streamline any reporting needs. Assist with continued partnership and coordination with finance counterparts.
  • Assist in the preparation of the International Plan and reforecast.



Minimum Qualifications
Minimum 3 years of related work experience.

Education, Work Experience & Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field preferred. Typically 4+ years of related work experience. General knowledge of accounting theory and practice. General Knowledge: Possesses sufficient knowledge to perform most work in normal situations.

Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies
Intermediate project management skills. Demonstrated intermediate interpersonal skills. Demonstrated intermediate communication skills. Basic presentation skills. Ability to work independently/as part of a team and to interact effectively with others across the organization. Demonstrated ability to influence others. Intermediate Leadership Skills including ability to: Manage in participative manner Intermediate skill/competency level: demonstrates solid knowledge and ability; can apply the competency with minimal or no guidance, in the full range of typical situations. Requires guidance handling novel or more complex situations.

Physical Requirements
Operates standard office equipment (Frequently) Sitting (can stand at will) (Frequently) Use of Keyboards, Sporadic 10-Key (Frequently)

Licensing or Certificates
Attained professional designation (CPA, CMA or AIAF) or comparable advanced professional education preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.