The size of a company and its level of internationalisation to a large extent determine the structure of the enterprise’s bookkeeping. Multinationals for example often have a large team of bookkeeping and financial professionals working for them who are each specialised in various aspects of bookkeeping. Within this team the General Ledger Accountant is an important liaison.
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Duties of a general ledger accountant
A General Ledger Accountant:
- Checks the work of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the payments, and makes corrections where appropriate.
- Files the intercompany activities and handles reconciliation.
- Supports the cash management division in cooperation with the treasury division.
- Follows through on salary processing with the payroll.
- Prepares the monthly, quarterly and annual closings.
- Files the VAT returns.
- Prepares the reports to management.
- Prepares the audit portfolio.
Required competencies of a general ledger accountant
A General Ledger Accountant has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy-Taxation or another higher degree in economics. To fill this position successfully, several years of experience in the bookkeeping department of an international company is required.
- Good communication skills, on paper and in speech, in various languages, primarily English.
- High service standards for internal customers.
- Positive attitude towards change.
- Excellent collaborative skills.
- Strong organisational talent, with meeting strict deadlines as goal.
- Great affinity with IT in particular ERP systems and reporting software.
- Strong analytical ability with a sharp eye on process improvement.
- Good knowledge of fiscal legislation in diverse countries.