Senior Accountant

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POST DATE 8/31/2016
END DATE 2/28/2017

First American Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Masters Degree


First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) operates through its family of companies to help people achieve and protect their dream of homeownership. First American was named one of FORTUNE s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016. With experience dating back to 1889, First American is a leading provider of title insurance protection and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries. More information about the company can be found at

Job Description

Maintains integrity of accounting information and systems, in accordance with standards and rules under GAAP, as well as other regulating bodies. Reconciles, analyzes and synthesizes financial data from business operations. Plays an active role in preparation of public financial statements, including balance sheet, income statements, SEC filings, DOI reports and other regulatory reports. May evaluate or support the evaluation of company and regional profitability, efficiency and product performance. May evaluate the effects of changes in accounting regulations on Company s financial statements and accounting controls. Executes accounting policy and procedures and participates in internal and external audits.
* Performs complex accounting activities to maintain complete and accurate general ledger. This includes researching, as necessary, new pronouncements for reporting. Review and identify trends or issues and the related sources to make recommendations for change.
* Prepares journal entries and reconciles ledger accounts, and performs monthly and quarterly fluctuation analysis.
* Interface and assists with internal and external audit
* Leads special projects including process improvement initiatives
* Plays key role in monthly and quarterly close process
* Perform account analysis to assist with ensuring accurate financial reporting
* Perform high level review of account balances.
* Ability to demonstrate critical thinking by calling out assumptions and identifying root cause.
* Identify errors and risks that could have a financial impact on the company s financial statements in accordance with company policies, US GAAP and in compliance with Sarbanes Oxley.
* Communicate with multiple levels in the organization and escalate issues to appropriate management.
* Partner with Training or Subject matter experts to develop desktop procedures and training material
* Train or assist the Trainer in conducting offshore and onshore training
* Analyzes offshore production against Service Level Agreements (SLA) to identify issues with substandard quality, turn-around time and productivity and suggest solutions to management team
* Prepares and analyzes monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and reports; ensures financial information has been recorded accurately
* Prepares integrated revenue/expense analyses
* May provide functional advice or training to less- experienced team members
* May lead and direct the work of others but is not a supervisor

Job Qualifications


*CPA desired but not required
*MBA preferred
*4+ years of experience in the field or in a related area
*Prefer 2+ years of experience working with non-domestic based accounting teams.
*Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field
*Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
*Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
*Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.
*Advanced knowledge in the interpretation and application of accounting principles and practices under US GAAP. Knowledge of IFRS a plus.
*Strong computer skills including MS Office. Ability to query data using data extraction tools.
*Large ERP Software experience, Oracle preferred.
*Hyperion experience preferred.
*Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.
*Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making
*Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
*Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
*Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.