Accountant job description guide

Hiring an Accountant

An Accountant plays a key role in your company’s finance function, and is responsible for managing, reporting and analysing your organisation’s key financial information.

The exact nature of tasks your Accountant will be responsible for depends on the size of your organisation. In a smaller company, the Accountant is likely to undertake a variety of tasks, while in larger companies, the Accountant may have more specialised responsibilities as part of a larger team.

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An Accountant career

A career as an Accountant can be varied and rewarding. You will play a key role in a company’s finance function, with responsibility for managing, reporting and analysing the organisation’s financial information.

In a smaller company, you may have plenty of autonomy, and be asked to undertake a wide variety of tasks. In larger companies, the Accountant may have more specialised responsibilities and work as part of a broader team. No matter which type of organisation you work for, the Accountant role is fast-paced, with plenty of variety and challenge, and the scope to let your professional skills shine.

Accountant duties and responsibilities

The role of an Accountant is broad, with a job description that covers a range of responsibilities, including:

  • Examining bank statements and reconciling them with general ledger entries.
  • Examining expenses submitted by employees.
  • Liaising with accounts payable/accounts receivable staff to monitor the flows of cash into and out of the organisation.
  • Generating regular financial reports on a timely basis, and providing special reports when required such as at year-end.
  • Analysing reports to gauge the company’s financial health, and explaining the key findings to senior management and the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Reviewing and analysing data to understand where the company is generating or losing revenue, and how regular expenses can be better managed.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the company’s accounting software.
  • Taking a lead role in the preparation of end of financial year reports, and liaising with company leaders and auditors where necessary.

Accountant qualifications and requirements

It is highly desirable for an Accountant to hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in:

  • Accounting
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Management

Additional accounting qualifications to consider include JICPA (Japan Institute of Certified Public Accountants) or Nissho Boki 2.

An Accountant should also have the following personal skills and experience:

  • Three or more years of accounting experience.
  • A good understanding of Japanese Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (JGAAP), US GAAP, or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.
  • Excellent Japanese and English business language skills – both spoken and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to liaise with other members of the finance team.

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