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American Equity Senior Accountant, STAT Reporting in West Des Moines, Iowa

Description

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company is a leading retirement income provider specializing in fixed index annuities designed to protect principal and guarantee income. American Equity is committed to quality products and high-level customer service, integrity, excellence and safety, delivering customers the promise of protected growth of their savings and the dignity of a paycheck for life.

Founded in 1995, they currently fund over half a million retirements nationwide. American Equity is a NYSE-listed company and maintains an “excellent” rating from AM Best. The company is the #3 producer of fixed income annuities, has over $57 billion in assets, 21,000 active agents and over 600 employees. They succeed by hiring people who embody the beliefs that drive their unique, energetic, fast-paced and caring culture. The team is built on trust, motivated to accomplish a shared mission through collaboration, ownership, drive and innovation.

GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

The Senior Accountant is responsible for the preparation of quarterly and annual statutory-basis financial statements and disclosures as well as annual audited financial statements. The incumbent prepares and records reinsurance settlements on a recurring basis, as well as plays a lead role in a variety of other accounting department processes and reconciliations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts statutory-basis financial reporting including preparation of audited financial statements and disclosures, quarterly and annual regulatory financial statement filings, and annual statutory MD&A filings.

  • Prepares weekly and monthly reinsurance settlements.

  • Completes monthly accounting and reporting work, including account reconciliations and recurring journal entries relating to debt and intercompany accounts.

  • Prepares annual audited financial statements for employee benefit plans.

  • Provides information for internal and external auditors.

  • Provides back-up support to other team members as needed.

  • Provides work direction to junior accountants.

  • Performs other related work as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Reports: None

General Description of Indirect Reports (2 and 3-downs): None

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field of study; plus three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and/or financial reporting; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS:

CPA or CPA candidate preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Broad understanding of financial statement accounts.

  • Excellent financial and analytical skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize work to meet deadlines.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Customer service oriented.

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to establish effective working relationships with internal and external parties at all levels.

  • Excellent mathematical and accounting skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

  • Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, financial systems and various software applications.

  • Travel is not required in this position.


This description covers the major purpose and essential functions of the job. It is not intended to give all details or a step-by-step account of the way each task is to be performed. Employees may receive other job related instructions and be required to perform other job related work requested by their manager. All requirements are subject to possible modification to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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