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Sr. Accountant in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 5/3/2019

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    Raleigh, NC
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Career Description

Job Description

Job Description


The Senior Accountant will be responsible for managing multiple priorities and proactively identify potential issues and risks in a dynamic face-paced environment.  The candidate will work closely with the Sr. Manager, Accounting to manage the day to day operations of the Accounting Team, including the monthly, quarterly and annual close processes to help meet both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and internal management deadlines. The Senior Accountant will help coordinate team efforts on transformative related projects, implement new processes relating to technical accounting pronouncements and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) requirements. The role requires in-depth experience, knowledge, and proven skills in accounting, and the ability to act as a resource and assist others in the broader accounting group, including other departments.  The candidate must be able to train, mentor and develop multiple team members.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Execute on daily accounting activities required to maintain accurate general and sub ledgers.
  • Prepare and review schedules on a period basis relating to balance sheet and income statement accounts, including reconciliations of those accounts.
  • Maintain organized set of detailed records and workpapers to support monthly balances.
  • Prepare journal entries on a period basis according to established schedule, including supporting documentation. Follow up with appropriate individuals for any needed updates on journal entries.
  • Obtain comprehensive understanding of daily activities of the department and provide assistance when needed to ensure daily and period goals/deadlines are met.
  • Coordinate and ensure a timely monthly, quarterly and annual closing activities.
  • Support SOX testing, internal and external audits.
  • Meet deadlines for internal and external reporting deliverables.
  • Resolve semi-complex accounting issues and/or assist the external reporting group in resolving issues pertaining to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Collaborate with the other department team members to support overall department goals and objectives.
  • Assist the executives with learning and seeking efficiencies in current accounting processes, including documenting new processes.
  • Assist Technical Accounting team with white papers and memorandums on new and/or updated technical accounting pronouncements.
  • Prepare or assist on presentation of training efforts related to accounting processes to team members across multiple departments.
  • Assist in the development of process improvement and standardization projects by identifying potential risk areas and providing recommended improvements.
  • Ability to analyze data, draw conclusions, interpret results, and make recommendations on daily tasks or ad hoc projects.
  • Train, mentor and develop junior team members.
  • Work with respective direct reports to establish professional goals and objectives annually to enhance ones’ professional development.
  • Consistently exercise independent, objective judgment and discretion in matters of significance.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong Excel skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, organizational and analytical skills required.
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos.
  • Effective presentation of information in a one-on-one and/or small group situations with customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Flexible hours may be required around reporting deadlines.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or equivalent required
  • 3-5 years of experience in accounting
  • Public accounting experience preferred
  • Prior experience with business process enhancement, and knowledge of MS Office Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle, JD Edwards, International Business Systems (IBS) or Iptor, Hyperion, and AS/400 are a plus.


No direct supervisory responsibilities, however, the Senior Accountant will be asked to lead small cross-functional teams to complete certain projects as needed.  Responsibilities may include training, planning, assigning/directing work and resolving problems.


CPA certification required


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.