How to write a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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CPA (Certified Public Accountant) job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of CPA (Certified Public Accountant) job titles

    CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
    Certified Public Accountant (Non-Profit Experience)
    Certified Public Accountant (Part-Time)
    Certified Public Accountant

CPA (Certified Public Accountant) job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) job summary

We are a firm that has been providing quality accounting, tax, auditing, and financial services to our clients for decades. At present, we are seeking a professional to fill the role of Certified Public Accountant to manage our staff and develop strong, lasting relationships with our clients. The ideal candidate will be experienced with tax planning for individual, corporate and partnership tax returns. If you have prior experience in these areas, we would love the opportunity to speak with you regarding this fantastic opportunity.

CPA (Certified Public Accountant) responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of CPA (Certified Public Accountant) responsibilities

    Work closely with the tax department to ensure performance of tax planning, client interaction and special projects
    Collaborate with staff on income tax preparation and planning
    Represent clients with IRS, State or other audits
    Review completed tax forms and provide recommendations to junior members of our team when needed
    Research and resolve tax and accounting issues affecting our firm
    Develop and maintain strong relationships with clients through ongoing communication and exceptional service

CPA (Certified Public Accountant) qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of CPA (Certified Public Accountant) skills

    CPA certification required
    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required (Master’s preferred)
    5+ years’ experience in public accounting
    Strong knowledge of QuickBooks
    In-depth tax knowledge at the provincial and national levels
    Dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to clients
    Able to work in a fast-paced environment

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