A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Below is our senior accountant job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Senior Accountant Job Description
Our senior accountant is in charge of managing a team of accountants, reviewing formal reports, and making suggestions that will drive the financial course of the business. We expect them to have a thorough understanding of not only formal accounting principles but also the industry-specific challenges the company is likely to face in the future. The senior accountant should feel comfortable in a leadership position and be helpful when mentoring their team. They’ll reconcile accounts, assist with audits, and prepare tax paperwork and monthly reports.
- Mentoring the accountant team
- Finding financial discrepancies and reconciling accounts
- Verifying all data in accounts payable and accounts receivable
- Analyzing numbers and suggesting alterations for spending
- Learning and reviewing all accounting policies and suggesting improvements
- Assisting with tax paperwork and internal/external audits
- Providing support for the month- and year-end close
- Enforcing all GAAP regulations
- Documenting all new procedures and strengthening internal communication
- Forecasting future numbers based on previous performance
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 5 years of experience in an accounting role
- Excellent problem-solving abilities
- Proven success with financial forecasting
- Ability to manage a team of accountants
- Industry knowledge and understanding of business trends
- Familiarity with common accounting software
- Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
- Formal training in GAAP regulations
- Clear verbal and written communication
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a finance-related field
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- CMA or CPA
- Master’s degree in accounting or a finance-related field
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses. Try out their services and get one month free.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.