Job Title: Accounting Manager
Type of Company: My company manufactures rugged keyboards used primarily by the military.
Education: BS, Math, University of Lowell
Previous Experience: I started in accounts payable and moved to general ledger accounting. I have worked at small manufacturing companies doing all aspects of accounting.
Job Tasks: My responsibility is to maintain the financial books of the company. I check with the bank every day to see what activity has taken place. I prepare and make journal entries in the general ledger and reconcile the balances we maintain there. Does the money owed to us by our customers equal what the general ledger shows (under "accounts receivable")? After reconciling all the accounts at the end of the month, I prepare financial statements. They include the income statement, balance sheet and statement of changes in cash flow. I also serve as a back-up for the payroll, human resources, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. That means if they need help or are out of the office, I will assist in those areas.
I track our inventory from the time that parts come in the door to the time they're used in production and ship. Because of that I also need to let the purchasing department or production know when the inventory count is not correct. Usually it means a transaction was entered into the system incorrectly or that a transaction wasn't entered.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is the analysis. I love to find out why something does not balance. I also enjoy working with others. When there's an inventory discrepancy, I will often end up collaborating with receiving, purchasing and manufacturing.
The worst part of the job is the constant repetition. Each month the financials have to be prepared they same way. The only thing different is the amounts.
Job Tips: Make sure you take accounting and financial analysis courses. Also, I use Excel a lot. Definitely take Excel training, including advanced training.
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