JOB PURPOSE: To perform entry-level staff accounting functions that support business processes and provide experience with Caterpillar accounting practices.
JOB RELATED STATISTICS: Indeterminate
JOB DUTIES: From the outset, incumbent will be expected to be a contributing performer, doing staff level accounting work that supports business processes. Additionally, this position will:
-gain an understanding of Caterpillar’s business and accounting practices, systems and procedures;
-learn and develop skills which result from the practical application of basic accounting knowledge, and
-provide assistance to a project team or others in the work group.
Accountants will be exposed to a variety of accounting functions and will accomplish a high level of compilation and basic analysis work, reviewing clerical input and generating reports. The accountant identifies relevant data and data sources, gathers and analyzes the information, and provides feedback. Typically, decisions will impact relatively low risk issues and will be reviewed by a supervisor. A supervisor will direct work, but this position does not require close supervision to be effective.
Possible areas of responsibility are varied, including:
•financial accounting including preparation of journal entries, financial statements, variance analysis, and account reconciliations
•inventory accounting and standard cost revision
•payroll and benefit accounting
•intercompany reconciliation and analysis
•development and maintenance of internal controls, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) control documentation
Possible areas of support could include:
•Inventory Accounting & Plant Support
•Sales / Cost of Sales Accounting
•General Ledger / Legal Entity Reporting & Analysis
•Capital Assets Accounting
•Statutory GAAP, Tax accounting, General Accounting, and Tax & Trade Compliance (outside the U.S.)
The variety of accounting tasks ranges from low to medium complexity. Interaction outside the workgroup is typically with peers. As the Accountant gains experience, he/she will develop a technical understanding of more complex accounting issues and expand their decision-making capability.
Accountants will continuously learn through training and experience. Learning at this level will focus on methods, processes and systems applied to accounting, developing communications skills and building knowledge of Caterpillar’s businesses, products, suppliers and customers.
BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE: In the U.S., position requires a 4-year degree, preferably in accounting. Non-accounting degree requires minimum 18 hours of college level accounting or approved Accounting certification. Outside the U.S., international equivalent of education and/or certification are typically required. All approved certifications can be found on Finance Services Division Accounting Certification website. Must demonstrate strong leadership, initiative, inter-personal skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Knowledge of local statutory accounting, currency, and tax and trade controls are desired.
Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).
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