Experienced Staff or Senior Accountant – Business Operations – Des Moines or Cedar Rapids

Posted: 11/16/2020

Experienced Staff or Senior Accountant – Business Operations – Des Moines or Cedar Rapids

We are looking for a detail-focused Staff or Senior Accountant to join the Business Operations practice in our Des Moines or Cedar Rapids office. As a member of CLA’s BizOps practice, you will be an integral part of the CLA client service team and will work directly with our clients to provide customized accounting services to support them as they manage and grow their business or organization.

In this role, you will work independently at client locations supported and supervised by a CLA Controller. You will be responsible for a variety of accounting, financial and operational services for our clients, including processing transactions, account reconciliations, financial statement preparation, and supporting our clients’ existing accounting functions.

This position provides an outstanding opportunity to grow your career as you contribute to the success of clients’ businesses or organizations. This is a full-time, long-term career opportunity serving multiple CLA clients on a permanent, part-time basis; it is not an outsourced temporary position.

Job Description - Staff

  • Complete non-complex account reconciliations, such as bank reconciliations, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other balance sheet accounts.
  • Prepare non-complex financial statements and required work papers to support the financial statements.
  • Process transactions which may include: accounts payable/cash disbursements processing, accounts receivable/cash receipts processing and payroll processing/coordination.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the financial operations of industry specific engagements/clients (i.e. nonprofit, healthcare, manufacturing, etc.)
  • Ability to identify client issues concerning GAAP (FASB/SFAS) related to our clients’ specific industries.

Job Description - Senior

  • Complete non-complex and some complex account reconciliations and record transactions as part of the monthly, quarterly, and annual adjusting and closing process.
  • Apply GAAP (FASB/SFAS) related to our clients’ specific industries.
  • Prepare and review the general ledger, financial statements and required work papers
  • Assist with preparing and reviewing financial and statistical reports, analyzing for unusual items and notifying team leaders when necessary.
  • Prepare and review payroll and payroll tax reporting
  • Assist annually with preparation for the independent auditors
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the financial operations of industry specific engagements (i.e. nonprofit, healthcare, manufacturing, etc.)
  • Identify accounting errors, research technical issues, and proactively resolve issues
  • Assist with projects related to due diligence, system selection, and other consulting.


  • BA/BS degree in accounting or related field a plus; AA degree in accounting with experience considered.
  • Aptitude developing working knowledge of accounting software and systems. QuickBooks experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency with applicable software (including Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, etc).
  • Ability to travel to client sites.


  • Strong organization skills/goal orientation/self-motivation.
  • Ability to handle pressure in a positive professional manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Communication that is clear, concise, and considerate of the needs of others.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and value the different contributions people make.
  • Proven success in managing work and key client relationships to exceed client expectations.

CLA exists to create opportunities for our people, our clients, and our communities.  We are a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability status, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position Type: Full-Time