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Accounting Associate

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What sets Bank of the West apart from other banks is our team members–they embody the optimistic spirit of the West. There is a spirit here that drives us to do more. Our team of more than 10,000 employees is vital to the success of our Bank. They reflect our modern western values—straightforward, entrepreneurial and optimistic. We seek to create a corporate culture that fosters and rewards excellence, encourages creative thinking and respects diversity – an environment where team members are engaged, supportive of one another and enthusiastic about serving our customers. Bank of the West offers the stability of a company that has a 135 year history and is part of BNP Paribas, a European leader in global banking and financial services and one of the 6 strongest banks in the world. We offer opportunities across our diverse business lines – Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, National Finance, and Wealth Management.

Specialized Accounting Operations is part of the Financial Controller’s group that is leading centralization of accounting functions throughout the bank.  This diverse collection of corporate accounting responsibilities includes consumer banking as well as corporate functions, enabling our team members to gain a broad view of the financial functions of the bank while partnering with many of our internal customers.  Critical thinking, creativity, communication and a strong knowledge of GAAP and financial controls are important as we continue to streamline processes.

Job Description Summary

Responsible for departmental tasks which may include: balancing various accounting systems (such as the Advance Loan Dealer Sub System, Advance Loan System and/or the Leasemaster system), performing system certifications, creating reports to submit to management, preparing operating account check disbursements and reconciliation, expense report and invoice tracking, auditing clearing firm clearing statements, handling commission research issues as assigned, preparing and processing dealer or vendor invoices and statements and lease tax processing. Responsible for creating daily reconciliation reports, researches and resolves reconciliation issues and performs other special projects for submission to management. Ensures quality customer service by performing all duties accurately and in compliance with Bank regulations.

Essential Job Functions
  • Accurately balances various accounting systems (such as ALS, ALS Dealer Sub System, or Leasemaster).
  • Balance and reconcile General Ledger activity. Handles journal entries and researches discrepancies.
  • Perform general ledger certifications.
  • Create and distribute appropriate departmental reports, statements and invoices.
  • Resolves moderate to complex reconciliation and general ledger certification issues.
  • Provides training to other staff as needed. Enters and looks up data on various loan/line/lease computer systems.
  • Types various documents and performs basic calculations.
  • Prepares operating account check disbursements and reconciliation.
Other Job Duties
  • Maintains a working knowledge of standard, procedures, and technical operations in department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Experience
  • Requires broad theoretical job knowledge typically obtained through advanced education.
  • Requires less than 2 years prior relevant experience.

Education
  • Associate's Degree Accounting or Finance
  • Bachelor's Degree

Skills
  • Type at least 35 wpm.
  • Proficient on 10-key adding machine.
  • Analytical and organizational skills.
  • Proficient Excel and Word programs.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Proficient data input skills.
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in fast paced environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency at issue identification and communication to management.
  • Proven ability to perform research and resolve moderate to complex issues.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.
Primary Location: United States-Arizona-TempeJob Type: Full-timeJob: Accounting Finance