Under the direction of the Accounting Manager, this position is responsible for accurate and timely preparation and review of Hospital Financial statements as assigned.This position is heavily involved in monthly/quarterly close processes, year end audit preparation, budget preparation, tax schedule preparation, and leads assigned projects.As a member of the Louisiana Accounting team, this role is expected to lead efforts in improving processes for preparation of financial statements and related reports/schedules, ensuring reporting accuracy and building relationships in the organization that achieve these goals.
This position reports directly to the Accounting Manager, with responsibility for multiple sets of books in which direct supervision of daily work activities of a staff or senior accountant and/or accounting assistants is required.The individual has responsibility for the assignment of work and review of work of designated staff for a specific financial reporting area.The position is at the Corporate Support Level in the Accounting department with specifically assigned system duties when required.
An expectation is to function at a high level of accounting knowledge coupled with ability to direct others and give feedback on a daily basis as to work product.Overall performance evaluation is not the direct responsibility of this position; however, the expectation is for specific and documented feedback on the work of Associates assigned to the Financial Accountant-Lead to be incorporated into performance evaluations of those Associates.The position requires demonstrated ability to plan projects, develop and adhere to timelines, multi-task on various work flows, develop work processes meeting internal control guidelines, interpret Accounting guidance to direct work of others, and maintain skills and work at the Senior Accountant level to produce accurate and timely financial reports.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Provide guidance to other team members regarding complex accounting and reporting transactions.Perform independent research to guarantee the proper treatment of financial transactions and ensuring compliance with GAAP.
Drive improvements to Accounting team by identifying opportunities for improvement and leading new initiatives to capitalize on opportunities.
Build and maintain relationships that motivate, guide and encourage others to achieve goal of continuous quality improvement in the processes and systems used for financial statement preparation and related reporting.
Prepare monthly reporting of financial and operational results, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and System policies and procedures while ensuring the integrity and accuracy of information.
Analyze and review assigned monthly financial statements identifying suspect transactions and articulating finding to the Accounting Manager.
Oversee and plan work of Accounting Assistance and Senior Accountant by making assignments and reviewing daily work schedules to accomplish monthly reporting goals with accuracy and adherence to established deadlines.
Research financial/accounting issues and propose the necessary change to Management that maintains the integrity of financial information.
Prepare year end audit reporting for external auditors. Identify and research audit issues and questions.
Support Senior Management, Regional and Corporate Associates with data requests and analyses.
Coordinate special projects assigned by the Director of Corporate Accounting or Corporate Controller including set up of books for new entities as assigned designing processes to adhere to internal controls and GAAP reporting guidelines.
Bachelors degree in Finance or Accounting
Seven or more years of advanced experience in senior level or above accountant role with diverse accounting experience
Experience in the healthcare industry strongly preferred
Ability to analyze complex accounting and financial issues
Proficient in Microsoft Office products required
Extensive knowledge of GAAP and other applicable regulatory rules, regulations & legislation as related to accounting functions
Excellent organizational skills
Deadline-oriented and ability to multi-task
Demonstrated leadership in teamwork, special projects, and complex assignments
Self-motivated team player with the ability to work independently on special projects and complex assignments
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate with all levels of personnel in a large organization
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.