Job Description of an Accounting Manager

Job Title: Accounting Manager
Years of Experience: 14
Current Employer: Miles Sand and Gravel Co/dba Concrete Nor'West
Where: Burlington, WA
Education: Skagit Valley College, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Office Technology, Accounting Certificate
Other Relevant Work Experience: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll
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Job Description of an Accounting Manager

Accounting is a field that will always be highly in demand. Known as “the language of business,” accounting is essential to any business and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts positive growth for accountant positions over the next several years. An accounting manager's career path may include related positions such as certified public accountant, auditor or certified management accountant. In the following description of an accounting manager job, we learn the ins and outs of a typical day as well as a common method of starting in this industry and typical problems to avoid.

PayScale: What is the job description of an accounting manager?

Manage a team of three to four accounting professionals; work directly with CFO on monthly entries, reconciling bank accounts; prepare and publish profit & loss statements, balance sheets, sales reports, inventory; prepare and report WA State DOR excise returns and quarterly B&O; file for refund of state and federal fuel tax; journal entries; reconcile monthly allocations of prepaid expenses; prepare schedules for year end taxes.

PayScale: How did you get started as an accounting manager?

I like working with numbers and balancing. I wanted a profession that I could easily support myself with and that is useful to myself both professionally and personally.