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Sr Accountant
Kaiser Permanente | Oakland, California
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Job Description

The Senior Accountant is responsible for the proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Kaiser Permanente policies and internal control standards. Responsibilities include analyzing account transactions, preparing complex account reconciliations, resolving reconciling items, and preparing accounting statements and reports. Provides training for systems processes and procedures for accounting team members. Facilitates productivity, system and procedural changes to streamline processes and increase productivity. Plans, coordinates and resolves accounting matters with other accounting team members, departments, and business units. Works independently and provides guidance to Accountants and Accounting Technicians. Develops solutions to accounting problems of moderate scope and complexity. Works under the direction of Lead Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager.

 

Essential Functions:
Ensures proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with GAAP, Kaiser Permanente policies and internal control standards.
Communicates and supports analytical findings.
Pursues resolution of business issues impacting the financial statements in a proactive, independent manner.
Prepares journal entries, including appropriate documentation.
Ensures that general ledger and sub-ledger are reconciled and reconciling items are resolved.
Prepares schedules, supporting documents, and variance analyses for management.
Prepares account reconciliations for moderate to complex accounts.
Reviews account reconciliations with the Lead Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager.
Participates in month end close activities.
Proactively participates in month-end balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position.
Communicates issues and resolutions to management and affected areas/departments.
Coordinates solutions to problems of moderate complexity with other departments and business units.
Provides guidance, coaches and reviews work of Accountants and Accounting Technicians.
Provides training for systems processes and procedures for accounting team members.
Provides education on the use and interpretation of analyses, reports, methodologies and source data management.
Monitors work for proper internal controls and SOX requirements and recommends improvements.
Assists with audit requirements and is responsible for information requests.
Identifies and communicates opportunities for change to improve performance.
Ensures that automated interfaces to the general ledger are functioning as intended.
Identifies and communicates system problems to management.
Reviews posting of automated, system-generated entries.
Utilizes tools such as system queries and download, Excel functions (pivot tables and Vlookup) and Access database.
Facilitates productivity, system and procedural changes to streamline processes and increase productivity.
Performs special projects of moderate to complex scope.
Maintains desktop procedures and manuals.
Participates in departmental projects and initiatives.
Participates effectively in a team environment.

The Senior Accountant is responsible for the proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Kaiser Permanente policies and internal control standards. Responsibilities include analyzing account transactions, preparing complex account reconciliations, resolving reconciling items, and preparing accounting statements and reports. Provides training for systems processes and procedures for accounting team members. Facilitates productivity, system and procedural changes to streamline processes and increase productivity. Plans, coordinates and resolves accounting matters with other accounting team members, departments, and business units. Works independently and provides guidance to Accountants and Accounting Technicians. Develops solutions to accounting problems of moderate scope and complexity. Works under the direction of Lead Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager.

 

Essential Functions:
Ensures proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with GAAP, Kaiser Permanente policies and internal control standards.
Communicates and supports analytical findings.
Pursues resolution of business issues impacting the financial statements in a proactive, independent manner.
Prepares journal entries, including appropriate documentation.
Ensures that general ledger and sub-ledger are reconciled and reconciling items are resolved.
Prepares schedules, supporting documents, and variance analyses for management.
Prepares account reconciliations for moderate to complex accounts.
Reviews account reconciliations with the Lead Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager.
Participates in month end close activities.
Proactively participates in month-end balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position.
Communicates issues and resolutions to management and affected areas/departments.
Coordinates solutions to problems of moderate complexity with other departments and business units.
Provides guidance, coaches and reviews work of Accountants and Accounting Technicians.
Provides training for systems processes and procedures for accounting team members.
Provides education on the use and interpretation of analyses, reports, methodologies and source data management.
Monitors work for proper internal controls and SOX requirements and recommends improvements.
Assists with audit requirements and is responsible for information requests.
Identifies and communicates opportunities for change to improve performance.
Ensures that automated interfaces to the general ledger are functioning as intended.
Identifies and communicates system problems to management.
Reviews posting of automated, system-generated entries.
Utilizes tools such as system queries and download, Excel functions (pivot tables and Vlookup) and Access database.
Facilitates productivity, system and procedural changes to streamline processes and increase productivity.
Performs special projects of moderate to complex scope.
Maintains desktop procedures and manuals.
Participates in departmental projects and initiatives.
Participates effectively in a team environment.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
Minimum of four (4) years of related experience in financial analysis, preparing financial reports, statements, projections and budgeting.
Experience researching solutions for simple to moderately complex accounting issues.
Education
Bachelor's degree with emphasis in business, finance, or accounting, OR other bachelor's degree with four (4) years of professional experience in finance or accounting.
High school diploma or GED required.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
N/A.
 
Additional Requirements:
Working knowledge of GAAP, internal controls, and accounting procedures.
Knowledge and ability to translate data into accurate financial and management reports.
Aptitude for numbers, organization skills and strong attention to detail.
Flexibility to perform a variety of detailed accounting functions and meet established deadlines.
Ability to integrate data from multiple sources, and determine adequacy for financial reporting requirements for GAAP, Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care.
Ability to build good relationships within the department, across department lines and with external third parties.
Ability to work independently, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
Ability to assist with SOX compliance related to assigned accounting responsibilities.
Strong spreadsheet (Excel) and word processing (Word) skills.
Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

 

Preferred Qualifications:
Health care or managed care experience in high volume processing centers.
Ability to successfully navigate a matrix organization.
Database (Access) skills.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
Minimum of four (4) years of related experience in financial analysis, preparing financial reports, statements, projections and budgeting.
Experience researching solutions for simple to moderately complex accounting issues.
Education
Bachelor's degree with emphasis in business, finance, or accounting, OR other bachelor's degree with four (4) years of professional experience in finance or accounting.
High school diploma or GED required.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
N/A.
 
Additional Requirements:
Working knowledge of GAAP, internal controls, and accounting procedures.
Knowledge and ability to translate data into accurate financial and management reports.
Aptitude for numbers, organization skills and strong attention to detail.
Flexibility to perform a variety of detailed accounting functions and meet established deadlines.
Ability to integrate data from multiple sources, and determine adequacy for financial reporting requirements for GAAP, Department of Insurance and Department of Managed Health Care.
Ability to build good relationships within the department, across department lines and with external third parties.
Ability to work independently, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
Ability to assist with SOX compliance related to assigned accounting responsibilities.
Strong spreadsheet (Excel) and word processing (Word) skills.
Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

 

Preferred Qualifications:
Health care or managed care experience in high volume processing centers.
Ability to successfully navigate a matrix organization.
Database (Access) skills.

About Kaiser Permanente

Company Description

Serving approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is America's leading nonprofit integrated health plan.

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our Northern California Region provides integrated health care services to approximately 3.2 million members. Approximately 4,400 physicians of The Permanente Medical Group provide services at 20 medical centers and numerous medical offices.

Company History

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, serving more than 8.6 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

  1.   • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries

  • The Permanente Medical Groups.

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Kaiser Permanente’s creation resulted from the challenge of providing Americans medical care during the Great Depression and World War II, when most people could not afford to go to a doctor. Among the innovations it has brought to U.S. health care are:

  • prepaid health plans, which spread the cost to make it more affordable

  • physician group practice to maximize their abilities to care for patients

  • a focus on preventing illness as much as on caring for the sick

  • an organized delivery system, putting as many services as possible under one roof

Mission & Values

As a health care organization in the 21st century, we have a mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Working Here

When you bring your career to Kaiser Permanente, the work you do directly affects the health of millions. From the business people who shape our policies, to the IT professionals enabling life-saving data, to the nurses and physicians on the front line of patient care, everyone here has a role to play in the care continuum. Knowing you have a place in that process and witnessing the outcome of the work you do is empowering. It gives you a cause to stand behind. And it makes you feel proud of the work you do every day. When people witness the impact of their contributions, they excel. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Hiring Information

The first step in beginning your career search is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position you are interested in, register for an account and provide your information for consideration online.

Benefits

As an employee, you are eligible for benefits according to your full-time/part-time status and the number of hours scheduled to work per week. Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups, but generally include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave

  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care

  • disability and life insurance coverage

  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • employee assistance programs

  • health care, dependent care, and transit spending account options

  • retirement plans

In addition, we believe in recognizing stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs designed to reward our skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

In short, at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that there is a direct correlation between happy employees and happy members. We take pride in the compassion and dedication of our employees and find many ways to reward their hard work. In return, our employees take pride in being a part of a collaborative, professional team focused on quality, service, and care.

Honors & Awards

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California has earned an "Excellent" rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-the nation's leading reviewer of health plan quality for consumers and employers. Excellent is the top rating granted by NCQA, which reviews satisfaction surveys, preventive measures, physician credentialing, member services and improvement initiatives.*

Both our Northern and Southern California regions were the only health plans in California identified by the NCQA in its list of the best health care programs in the Pacific States. (NCQA's The State of Health Care Quality 2003)

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits all Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in California.

For the seventh straight year, no other health plan has earned higher ratings from the California Cooperative Health Reporting Initiative on more measures than Kaiser Permanente. The annual ratings measure clinical quality and member satisfaction. (CCHRI Report on Quality 2003)

Our Northern California region received more three-star "Excellent" ratings than any other health plan surveyed by California's Office of the Patient Advocate on California's Quality of Care Report Card 2003-04.

* Commercial HMO and Medicare-contracted product lines: April 2003.