Accountant II

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Dearborn, MI

The Auto Club Group

AAA was founded over 100 years ago for the purpose of lobbying for driver and passenger rights, fair laws and safer vehicles — all to better promote the love of the open road and the adventure of driving. Since then, AAA has grown to over 50 million members strong, while providing valuable membership services such as roadside assistance. Additionally, AAA has broadened its horizons to include all types of travel-related services, as well as offer a variety of insurance and financial products and services. Today’s AAA is a national federation comprised of more than 50 individual clubs throughout the United States and Canada. Whether you’re traveling around the world or to the corner grocery store, planning a honeymoon or weekend road trip, learning to drive or in need of a battery boost, the best way to begin your journey is with AAA.

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Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

Overview: The Auto Club Group (ACG) provides membership, travel, insurance, and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members and customers across 11 states and 2 U.S. territories through the AAA, Meemic, and Fremont brands. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation and is the second-largest AAA club in North America.<br /><br /> <p><strong><u><span style="font-size: medium;">Work Environment</span></u></strong></p> <div><span style="font-size: medium;">Works in a temperature-controlled office environment.&nbsp;</span></div>
Responsibilities: <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Prepares financial reports in accordance with corporate directives, statutory accounting principles, generally accepted accounting principles, and other regulatory requirements.&nbsp; Reconciles deposit, disbursement, product systems and other accounts.&nbsp; Maintains financial data and statistics on various automated systems. Coordinates interpretation of changes due to regulatory rulings. Conducts research in order to determine implications of new products, services and changes in operating systems.</span></p> <div><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">In addition to the primary duties and responsibilities above, post for the specific department noted below:</span></strong></div> <div><strong><u><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;"><br />TAX MANAGEMENT</span></u></strong></div> <div><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Prepares, reconciles and processes payment requests for real and personal property tax and unclaimed property including, but not limited, to the following:</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Preparing personal property tax returns and tax payment requests</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Reviewing assessment notices and contacts assessors as needed</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Participating in property tax audits</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Drafting annual property tax budget estimate</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Preparing unclaimed property reports</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Processing unclaimed property search letters</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Reconciling real and personal property tax and escheats accounts</span></li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><u><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">OPERATIONAL</span></u></strong></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Reconciles complex deposit, disbursement, product systems and other accounts, using old and new technologies including automated reconciliation software and coordinates and tests system changes or upgrades.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Formally prepares, examines and ensures timeliness of supporting schedules to senior management, Board of Directors, internal and external auditors, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and other external agencies.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Develops and coordinates the implementation of accounts on the automated reconciliation software.&nbsp; Identifies all required files, develops a sequence of inputs, the timing of schedule, and match rules.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Maintains the automation reconciliation security profiles and system administration tables.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Participates in the modification of new and existing data systems to ensure compliance with area specifications and financial integrity.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Represents finance on corporate teams and initiatives to ensure compliance with financial specifications and integrity.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Monitors the preparation of reports concerning account activities such as account analyses for management and the schedule for external auditors.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Assists less senior staff in resolving automation reconciliation software issues and problems.</span></li> </ul> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><strong><u><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">TECHNICAL</span></u></strong></div> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Attains and maintains the highest level of expertise as may be deemed necessary for established functional activities within the organization structure.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Assesses the impact of reporting changes necessitated by IRS, State, and Regulatory Agency rulings and implements as required.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Determines the implication of changes in corporate reporting and modifies accounting procedures to accommodate changes.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Develops financial models using spreadsheet software.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Develops and maintains job documentation and procedures.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Researches and develops procedures to improve efficiency and enhance controls.</span></li> </ul> <div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><strong><u><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">CUSTOMER SERVICE</span></u></strong></div> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Resolves problems affecting reconciliations with other units, areas, and banks, including those related to both old and new technologies utilized by paper and paperless disbursement/receipt processes.</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Works with vendors to resolve software and application problems affecting the reconciliation software.</span></li> </ul>
Requirements: <div><strong><u><span style="font-size: medium;">Preferred Qualifications:</span></u></strong></div> <ul type="disc"> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Accounting or Finance</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Experience working in a multi-company, multi-state environment</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Experience working in a corporate tax department</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Knowledge of AAA Michigan products and services</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Knowledge of personal property concepts</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Strong organizational, planning, analytical, time management and administrative skills</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Experience preparing personal property tax returns</span></li> <li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">Experience working with personal property and fixed asset software</span></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Required Qualifications:</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Associates degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field.</li> </ul> <p>Professional experience in Accounting to include:</p> <ul> <li>Equivalent to an Accountant I of at least 2 years</li> <li>Preparation of financial reports utilizing user-oriented programming languages including spreadsheet programs</li> <li>Preparing complex bank reconciliations</li> <li>Using automated accounting systems</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Demonstrated skills in:</div> <ul> <li>Analysis and problem solving</li> <li>Organization and planning</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Knowledge of:</div> <ul> <li>Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Statutory Accounting Principles (SAP)</li> <li>Accounting and audit principles</li> <li>Federal and statutory reporting requirements</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ability to:</div> <ul> <li>Communicate effectively with others in a work environment and with the public</li> <li>Communicate effectively both orally and in writing</li> <li>Research and analyze financial data</li> </ul> <p>Willingness to work irregular hours as required.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">The Auto Club Group offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a base salary with performance-based incentives; medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k), generous time off, a complimentary AAA Membership, and much more!</span></p> <p><strong>Important Note:</strong>&nbsp;The above statements describe the principal and essential functions, but not all functions that may be inherent in the job.&nbsp; This job requires the ability to perform duties contained in the job description for this position, including, but not limited to, the above requirements.&nbsp; Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants, as needed, to enable them to fulfill these requirements.</p> <p>The Auto Club Group, and all of&nbsp;its affiliated companies,&nbsp;is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. &nbsp;All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.</p>