Bookkeeping departments recruit bookkeeping clerks to carry out various essential jobs for their clients. The accounting clerk will support the accountant on the customer side in carrying out his or her operational tasks.
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Duties of an accounting clerk
A permanent accounting clerk:
- Compares invoices to purchase orders in the supplier bookkeeping.
- Books supplier invoices.
- Processes bank statements, salary bookings and expense reports.
- Enters client invoices and corrections.
- Contacts clients regarding corrections made to invoices.
- Enters changes in fixed assets into the ledger.
- Prepares depreciation schedules.
- Balances the books.
- Takes care of the monthly closing.
- Handles the VAT return, corporate tax and personal tax.
- Discusses the portfolio with the accountant and/or client.
- Follows through on questions from the client at any time.
Required competencies of an accounting clerk
An accounting clerk has a Bachelor’s degree in accountancy.
Required competencies are:
- Competent in processing invoices in supplier bookkeeping.
- Able to process bank reconciliations, salary bookings and expense reports.
- Knows VAT and bookkeeping legislation.
- Good telephone communication skills for contact with clients and suppliers.
- Experience with bookkeeping software.
- Punctual working habits and able to handle strict deadlines.
- Enjoys working independently and organising own work.