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. Ideal candidates will have diverse experience in accounting, particularly IT/software, construction in process/fixed assets, accruals, reconciliation, consumer banking or similar areas. Critical thinking, creativity, communication and a strong knowledge of GAAP and financial controls are important as we continue to streamline processes.
Responsible for applying accounting principles and procedures in analyzing financial information, preparing accurate and timely financial reports. Responsible for ensuring appropriate accounting control procedures and executing routine and recurring complex accounting functions for BancWest Corporation and subsidiaries.
Essential Job Functions
1. Review and analyze accuracy of data from general ledger and various financial systems and provide in-depth business analysis, research and response to questions regarding financial information for Bank of the West and subsidiaries, BancWest Corporation and subsidiaries.
2. Primary responsibility is to ensure the accuracy of the general ledger data by developing, executing and documenting complex accounting functions and processes, applying extensive specialized knowledge.
3. Will provide functional advice in accounting policy and procedures, while making recommendations and implementation for accounting processes and procedures.
4. As a result of research and analysis, will recommend, implement or communicate practices and procedures for financial control; Ensures all inter-company accounts eliminate properly in final consolidation.
5. Analyze, review and verify accuracy of account balances and classifications.
6. Develops and maintains appropriate schedules and models for accruals, eliminations, securities, amortization and other accounting transactions, implementing automations and leveraging various systems where beneficial.
7. Review changes in balances to identify potential errors and risk, assisting business units in correction of errors and developing enhanced control processes.
8. Analyze, develop, validate and execute variety of financial reports to communicate results, trends and issues, incorporating statistical and ration analysis as well as other necessary management accounting review.
9. Working with management and business units to identify needs and requirements, recommending prioritizations and alternative solutions to resolve of conflicting needs of various departments.
10. Provide support to staff conducting routine accounting functions including but not limited to, month end close support, budget support, preparation of journal entries, invoice processing, amortization schedules, accruals, elimination and consolidation entries, account reconciliations, and certifications of balance sheet accounts as assigned
11. Duties also include providing support, recommendations and/or training to lower level accounting positions and non-accountants, including backup support for routine accounting functions.
12. Maintains familiarity with changes in US GAAP and other pertinent regulatory requirements.
13. Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree- Required in Accounting or Finance
- Master’s Degree- Preferred
- License(s) or Certifications- CPA/CMA - Preferred
- Requires deep knowledge of job area typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience. Typically viewed as having as a specialist within discipline. May have broad knowledge of project management.
- Requires 7 years minimum prior relevant experience in accounting and finance.
- Able to conduct work with a high degree of independence, managing conflicting deadlines and priorities as assigned
- Quickly adapt to changing priorities, managing and clearly communicating deadline risks as new tasks and projects arise
- Excellent knowledge of US GAAP and Financial Industry policies and practices within the Financial Industry
- Working knowledge of Hyperion Financial Management (HFM), Hyperion Smart View (Essbase), and Hyperion Interactive Reporting preferred
- Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving, and results
- Ability to analyze data from multiple sources
- Project management skills a plus
- Must have experience with incorporating advanced knowledge of MS Excel and Access into accounting processes, including building macros, templates and queries to reduce processing time
- Strong communication and problem-solving skills, as well as flexibility, creativity and the desire to innovate and design processes are highly preferred.
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.