Companies keep accounting records - comprising a general ledger - for a variety of reasons, from planning future sales and marketing projects to reporting necessary financial information to regulatory agencies and shareholders. The general ledger accountant is responsible for making sure that the general ledger is a complete and accurate record of the company's financial transactions. Depending on the size of their organization, the general ledger accountant may be an accounting team member specializing in specific aspects of the accounting process; they may also oversee the entire process, supervising subordinate accountants and the acting as the final arbiter of the ledger. These accountants generally works in an office environment during regular business hours, although overtime may be required as deadlines approach.
General Ledger Accountant Tasks
Reconcile balance sheets, accounts, and invoices.
Prepare monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc reports with variance explanations.
Prepare and post entries to the general ledger and manage the monthly close process.
Prepare and implement audit schedules and process re-engineering to reduce financial errors.