Western & Southern Financial Group

Accounting Specialist

Finance & Accounting
Full Time


Summary of Responsibilities:

Prepares accounting close journal entries, financial statements, regulatory filings and numerous reconciliations across all W&S legal entities. Researches and documents reconciliation issues and escalates to management when necessary. Processes information necessary for detailed and accurate budget reporting, business unit cost allocations and intercompany expense chargebacks on a monthly basis. Serves as a point of contact for enterprise associates, including senior management, on questions regarding processes and day to day operations. Identifies issues and corrects accounting via journal entries in the general ledger resulting from interface issues with policy administration or investment accounting systems. Utilizes underlying knowledge of accounting processes including general ledger, budget software, statutory statement software, investment accounting software, process flow and reconciliation software in order to support accounting associates in the execution of monthly and quarterly investments, GAAP and statutory financial close and reporting processes.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Prepares routine monthly, quarterly and year-end accounting close journal entries for all W&S legal entities, on both a statutory and GAAP basis.

  • Executes technical accounting responsibilities (budget/cost, investment accounting) including escalating and resolving issues as they arise.

  • Records monthly expense chargeback journal entries to properly charge respective departments for applicable expenses.

  • Reconciles numerous general ledger accounts to ensure the integrity of financial data and maintains the control environment. Researches and resolves all aged/open reconciliation items in an accurate and timely manner.

  • Prepares select quarterly and annual financial statements and additional financial reporting for distribution to management, the Board of Directors, regulators and rating agencies.

  • Provides prompt and accurate customer service to internal customers.

  • Promptly submits all tasks/issues in the workflow tool and provides recommendations for task enhancements in a timely manner.

  • Identifies validation issues and errors, including collaboration and communication with multiple departments to rectify errors.

  • Identifies and implements process improvements while maintaining and enhancing related documentation.

  • Prepares assigned filings of various regulatory schedules/reports on a quarterly and annual basis with state insurance departments.

  • Participates in special projects, including testing of new systems and processes.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.


Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of business processes in the financial services industry.

  • Proven experience managing multiple assignments within a fast-paced environment.

  • Proven good verbal and written communication skills with ability to convey information to internal and external customers in a clear, focused and concise manner.

  • Proven excellent organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated initiative and a strong sense of urgency. Proven sense of importance to respond to inquiries from all customers in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Cites examples from work experience on identifying complex problems, quantifying the problems and providing creative resolutions to solve problems.

  • Provides examples from work experience of maintaining a high degree of accuracy associated with high volumes of work and/or multiple duties.

  • Provides examples from work experience of going above and beyond the call of duty to help team members.

  • Proven flexibility when faced with changes in work procedures; this includes providing examples of grasping and initiating new concepts in the workplace.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully handling confidential information.

Work Setting:

  • This position works in an office setting and remains in a stationary position for long periods of time while working at a desk, on a computer or with other standard office equipment, or while in meetings. Position requires substantial movement of wrists, hands and fingers for continuous computer work.

Educational Requirements:

  • College degree preferred or commensurate selection criteria experience.

Computer Skills and Knowledge of Hardware & Software Required:

  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.

Certifications & Licenses (i.e., Series 6 & 63, CPA, etc.):

  • None required.

Position Demands:

  • Extended hours required during peak workloads or special projects.


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