Job Description & Role Information
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For job seekers looking for an Assistant Accountant role, this job description details what the role may involve and what skills and experience are required to give you the best chance of securing the position.
Typically reporting to the Finance Manager or Senior Accountant, an Assistant Accountant performs a range of accounting tasks that support the wider financial team. These tasks are likely to differ depending on the size of the company.
Typical job duties and responsibilities:
Being responsible for a wide range of duties to support the Financial and Management Accountants, the Assistant Accountant’s typical role may include the responsibilities as below:
Preparation and processing of month end reporting up to the trial balance stage
Processing of accruals, prepayments and subsequent journals
Overseeing or assisting with the Fixed Assets Register
Reconciliations including general Ledger and balance Sheet
Processing foreign currency Payments (if applicable)
Managing inter-company transactions (if applicable)
Preparation of FBT, GST and BAS returns for the Manager to review before submission
Lodgement of ABS returns
Assisting with the preparation of budgeting and forecasting reports
In smaller companies, involvement in the Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll may be required
Other ad hoc accounting duties to support the broader team
Skills and attributes:
The more common skills and attributes that are most needed for this role may include:
Basic accounting skills as a minimum
Ability to work within strict deadlines and reporting time tables
Prioritisation and organisational skills
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to work autonomously and as part of a wider team
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Some knowledge of Australian Accounting Standards
Able to show initiative and be a self-starter
Intermediate computer software skills, including Excel (vlook ups and pivot tables) and Accounting packages
Business Degree, with a major in Finance or Accounting
Studying towards CPA / CA
$60 - 75K + Super
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