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Senior Accountant/Reporting Analyst
Ref No.: 17-21909
Location: Dallas, Texas
American Achievement Corporation has a long and successful history, providing products that mark special moments and achievements in people's lives. From our start in 1913 to today, the company has grown and evolved in many ways but the quality of our products and our commitment to our people have been at the highest standards throughout this long history.

In July of 2010, American Achievement Corporation (AAC) leveraged the reputations of both Taylor Publishing and Balfour to begin marketing and selling on-campus under one master brand: Balfour.

In June of 2015, the Company announced the acquisition of Gaspard LP, a North American manufacturer and distributor of academic regalia, clergy vestments, choral robes, and legal and judicial attire. Gaspard has a long history (founded in 1909) of manufacturing quality products at competitive prices and providing industry-leading customer service.

American Achievement provides products that forever mark the special moments of people's lives. As the parent company of brands such as ArtCarved ® , Balfour ® , Keepsake ® and Taylor Publishing ® , American Achievement's legacy is based upon the delivery of exceptional, innovative products, including class rings, yearbooks, graduation products, and affinity jewelry through in-school and retail distribution. American Achievement's products are available through a variety of distribution methods, including direct sales to students in high schools and colleges, national jewelry retailers, independent jewelry stores and mass merchandisers and direct to consumers from our websites. For more information on American Achievement, please visit our web site at .

The company is privately held and well positioned for continued growth and expansion, both from a capital perspective as well as an ability to continue to drive product innovation, enhancement and channel expansion.

Job Summary:
American Achievement Corporation is looking for an experienced Senior Accountant to oversee general accounting operations by controlling and verifying our financial transactions.
Senior accountant responsibilities include reconciling account balances and bank statements, maintaining general ledger and preparing month-end close procedures. A successful Senior Accountant combines excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports and forecasts. The ideal candidate has also experience collaborating and/or managing a team of accountants and junior accountants.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Routine reconciliation of numerous balance sheet accounts to include cash
  • Reconciliation of system to system EDI transfers of accounting data
  • Recording of recurring monthly journal entries
  • Daily treasury reporting backup
  • Fixed asset accounting
  • Verify, allocate, post and reconcile accounts payable and receivable
  • Produce error-free accounting reports and present their results
  • Analyze financial information and summarize financial status
  • Spot errors and suggest ways to improve efficiency and spending
  • Review and recommend modifications to accounting systems and procedures
  • Participate in financial standards setting and in forecast process
  • Provide input into department's goal setting process
  • Prepare financial statements and produce budget according to schedule
  • Assist with tax audits and tax returns
  • Plan, assign and review staff's work
  • Support month-end and year-end close process
  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • Conduct ad hoc financial analysis on a regular basis, frequently within short time frames

  • Thorough knowledge of basic accounting procedures
  • In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Awareness of business trends
  • Familiarity with financial accounting statements
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year-end close process
  • Aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills
  • Working knowledge of databases and data management
  • Strong Analytical and presentation skills
  • Should be well organized, detail oriented, flexible, and able to handle multiple assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks and to work under time pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting
  • 2 - 5 years of accounting experience
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications with advanced Excel proficiency
  • Data mining and report tool experience with JD Edwards, AS400, NetSuite and/or Catalyst preferred, but not required

More Information About the Job
Is Relocation Available?

Is there a bonus structure?

Are you open to sponsorship?

This position is:
New Position

Is there a possibility to work remote?

Is there equity?

Are there flexible work hours?

Does this position have direct reports?

Who does this position report to?

What are the 3-4 non-negotiable requirements on this position?
1) Full cycle accounting experience 2) Financial Analysis experience 3) Someone focused on positive change management

What are the nice-to-have skills?
- Experience with JD Edwards, AS400 and/or NetSuite

What is exciting about this opportunity? Please use this section to describe team and company culture.
- Growth opportunity - 110 year old company with great stability - work/life balance