Senior Accountant

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Torrance Finance Department
Location of position: 
Torrance, CA
$5,851.73 – $7,477.60 Monthly
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Job Description: 

The City of Torrance Finance Department welcomes applications for Senior Accountant!

The City of Torrance is seeking a technically outstanding professional with highly developed supervisory and interpersonal skills to oversee a major accounting or auditing function within the Finance Department.

The Senior Accountant is responsible for monitoring revenue transactions, forecasting revenues, processing journal transactions, performing some auditing reviews and accounting procedures, and assuring City operations are in conformance with generally accepted procedures, contract provisions and established guidelines. This individual verifies and appraises the reliability of accounting activities, records and statistical data; examines and recommends changes in various phases of the City's fiscal and statistical operations; and administers contracts with vendors, including insurance requirements and compliance with contract specifications.

The Senior Accountant also assists in preparation of City's annual budget; interacts with consultants, attorneys, business leaders, and bank officials regarding financial issues; and represents department on various committees including but not limited to those involving bonds, redevelopment, and license review. Performs related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Accounting or a related Field (such as Business Administration or Public Administration) which includes a minimum of 24 semester units in accounting courses required by accounting majors;


Possession of a Certified Public Accountant certificate for the State of California;


Have passed the CPA qualifying test that is recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Three years of recent and responsible accounting or auditing experience, preferably for a government agency or in the performance of financial audits of local government entities.

IDEAL CANDIDATE The addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess: • Technical mastery of auditing and accounting, with an understanding of municipal operations and automated financial systems; • Extraordinary excel skills, including vlookups and pivot tables, and ability to handle and process large amounts of data and data analysis; • Analytical skills such as fluctuation analysis and ability to work independently; • Excellent written and verbal communication, and accustomed to communicating with upper management; and • Strong supervisory and interpersonal skills with a desire to coach and mentor staff.

HOW TO APPLY Interested candidates must submit an online application, supplemental questionnaire, and required attachments at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period opens Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and closes Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.