How to write a Junior 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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Junior 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 Junior Accountant job titles

    Junior Accountant
    Accountant (Entry-Level)
    Junior Accountant (with MS Excel proficiency)
    Junior Accountant (Part-Time)
    Junior Staff Accountant

Junior 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 Junior Accountant job summary

Our company is growing at an unprecedented rate and we are interested in hiring a Junior Accountant to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a head for numbers, experience with MS Excel, and strong analytical skills. The Junior Accountant will report directly to the Accounting Supervisor, and will need to demonstrate the ability to work proactively and independently in a fast-paced office environment. We offer opportunities for advancement for the right candidate, and a competitive salary.

Junior 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 Junior Accountant responsibilities

    Assist with the preparation of financial statements
    Analyze and reconcile bank statements and general ledgers
    Post journal entries for accrued expenses and revenue
    Maintain and record fixed assets
    Prepare and file local compliance reporting as necessary
    Prepare court-mandated annual accounting reports and inventories for client discharges as necessary
    Act as a liaison for vendors to reconcile any billing discrepancies

Junior 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 Junior Accountant skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
    2+ years’ related experience preferred
    Hands-on experience working with general ledgers
    Strong written and verbal communication skills
    Excellent problem-solving skills
    Proficient with ERP systems, including Microsoft Office
    Able to multi-task and prioritize work effectively

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