Lead Accountant, Reinsurance
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As a Lead Accountant, you will be responsible for the thorough execution of bookclose and financial reporting processes of a Regional Insurance Group in a deadline environment focusing on reinsurance and intercompany transactions. Uses increasing expertise to manage the accurate completion of the team's assignments while developing the capabilities of teammates. Communicates accounting issues, trends and policy to senior management and other groups at the appropriate level of detail. Leads increasingly complex and innovative efforts to continuously improve processes to ensure work is performed in the fastest, most efficient means possible. Analyzes tax issues, supports the corporate tax team delivering financial information needed and assists in complex tax planning initiatives. Responsible for keeping abreast of current tax laws, regulations and practices as well as researching tax matters documenting the conclusions.
- Accurate and timely completion of monthly, quarterly and annual book close cycles through effective planning, monitoring, and troubleshooting.
- Performs the most complex accounting activities.
- Knowledgeable in facultative and treaty reinsurance accounting.
- Creates complex financial statement schedules using advanced technical knowledge. Reviews other team members` schedules to ensure accuracy and compliance with accounting regulations.
- Researches and applies accounting policy to complex issues, communicating appropriately to senior management.
- Establishes, documents and performs internal control procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting.
- Trains others on financial systems and manages key interfaces and interdependencies. May make recommendations for enhancements to financial systems and associated processes, and participate in or lead their implementation.
- Continually assesses the business value and efficiency of the work performed, identifying and implementing improvements.
- Initiates and/or leads increasingly complex department projects and continuous improvement activities that may span beyond the scope of own team`s responsibilities.
- Cultivates an environment focused on development by assigning projects to build teammates` strengths and sharing knowledge through training or reviewing their work.
- Bachelor's degree (Accounting or Finance) required. CPA or advanced degree in Accounting preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of accounting or finance experience and a minimum 3 years related experience in Insurance Industry and Taxation required.
- Must demonstrate attention to detail in a fast-paced work environment and the ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions to achieve results.
- Communicates well with own team and across organizational boundaries to create alignment and ensure the successful completion of shared goals.
- Comfortable leading meetings and able to communicate issues and trends to senior management and other groups at the appropriate level of detail.
- Possesses a solid understanding of accounting and tax principles.