Senior Accountant - Organic Trade Association
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Senior Accountant


Brattleboro, VT
January 2013

The Senior Accountant is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. The Senior Accountant supervises the bookkeeper and is responsible for managing the team to ensure that work is properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner. This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities. The Senior Accountant will have strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal and will support OTAís mission and purpose through the activities of the department. 

Essential Functions:

  • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure.
  • Ensure an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close.
  • Ensure the timely reporting of all monthly financial information.
  • Ensure the monthly and quarterly Bank Compliance activities are performed in a timely and accurate manner,
  • Supports budget and forecasting activities.
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive VP to support overall department goals and objectives.
  • Monitors and analyzes department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
  • Advises staff regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions.
  • Works to ensure a clean and timely year end audit.
  • Ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met.
  • Assist in development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the workflow of the department.
  • Provide training to new and existing staff as needed.
  • Provide necessary reports and information to ensure HR functions are undertaken.
  • Maintains all contracts and necessary HR documents in a safe and secure manner.
  • Works with auditors and government inspectors to ensure full compliance with all requirements.
  • Work with each direct report to establish goals and objectives for each year and monitor and provide advice on the progress to enhance the professional development of staff.
  • Support Chief Operating Officer with special projects and workflow process improvements.


BA/BS in Business with an emphasis in Accounting

Technical Skills and Prior Experience
Five to seven years prior supervisory experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area.

Must be PC proficient and able to thrive in a fast paced setting. Experience with Quickbooks. Must have strong experience with Microsoft Excel, Access and Word.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Strong interpersonal, supervisory and customer service skills required.

Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines required.

The marginal functions of this position have not been included. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed. An employee will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by the manager.

Send resume, cover letter and salary history to cstrong@ota.com.
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