Senior Accountant

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Hearst is a leading global, diversified media, information and services company with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; global financial services leader Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; transportation assets including CAMP Systems International, a major provider of software-as-a-service solutions for managing maintenance of jets and helicopters; 33 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, which reach a combined 19% of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Times Union (Albany, New York); more than 300 magazines around the world, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Men’s Health and Car and Driver, and digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital entertainment companies such as Complex Networks. Follow us on Twitter @Hearst. To learn more about Hearst, visit hearst.com.

Overview:
We are looking for a Senior Accountant to support the Corporate accounting operations for Hearst. The position is a highly valued individual within the Controller’s Group and plays an integral role in the day-to-day accounting operations. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter who thrives working in a fluctuating environment and takes ownership of their responsibilities. In return, we will offer you a challenging role in an international organization with ample opportunities for growth. You will be pivotal in improving the company’s financial processes. This position is based in Charlotte, NC. Come join us.

Responsibilities:
• Execution of monthly and year-end closings, ensuring accurate results are delivered on time
• Prepare and record routine and complex journal entries and accruals
• Perform detailed research and analyses of P&L accounts, Balance Sheets, and various sub-ledgers
• Prepare reconciliation and resolution of discrepancies on a routine and proactive basis
• Generate, prepare, and distribute reports in support of month-end close processes
• Prepare and review cash generated/(used)
• Prepare entries and maintain reports for investments
• Maintain monthly forecasts and prepare annual GL budgets
• Cash responsibility to record daily transactions and bank reconciliations. This includes involvement in cash applications with wire transfers, voids, and bank sweeps
• Daily cash dashboard reporting to C-Suite executives using Excel and PowerBI
• Responsible for a variety of GL functions such as intercompany reporting, order-to-cash, procure to pay, record to report, payroll, and benefit processes
• Work cross-functionally with Corporate teams, in addition to other group accounting teams
• Prepare support for external and internal audit requirements
• Ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and assist in refining accounting processes and procedures with a focus on continuous improvements
• Grow into new responsibilities for data analytics in a Corporate Center of Excellence team
• Participating in special projects and ad hoc analysis

Experience and skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
• Certified Public Accountant
• 3+ years Big 4 accounting firm experience required
• Corporate accounting experience preferred
• Experience with major ERP systems required (NetSuite, Oracle, or SAP)
• Experience in data analytic projects
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Detailed oriented and organized
• Ability to work under time pressure, to prioritize workload, and meet strict deadlines
• Strong interpersonal skills, self-motivated and a team player with a positive attitude
• Excellent communication skills and able to communicate across all levels of the organization
• Self-starter who is both interested and willing to take on an expanded role over time
• Ability to work nonstandard hours due to responsibility and executive requirements
• Proficient in Microsoft Office
• Proven ability to utilize advanced Excel functions to identify discrepancies between multiple data sources is a plus