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The accountant jobs are for people who like to be in charge of keeping the accounts. It collects, coordinates and verifies the accounting data. It carries out the closing operations and establishes the tax bundle. It is also able to intervene on the Analytical Accounting. The profession of accountant can be more or less specialized: In this sheet we also present the different variations of the trade.


Accountant's Mission:

Accounting is essential in any company, regardless of its size. The accountant has the responsibility to manage the accounts of a company and more overall its financial health. Depending on the nature and size of the company (small business, large enterprise or accounting firm, authorised management Centre), the accountant must master different administrative and accounting skills, such as the operations and the elaboration of the tax bundle.

Within a small business, the accountant has a rather general profile attached directly to the business manager; He is responsible for the preparation of accounting books, the control of banking operations, and the preparation of documents dedicated to the tax and social administration.
As part of a large company, the accountant usually occupies a specialized position as a client, supplier or Payroll Account Manager, or even with the management controller. The profession of accountant in an accounting firm is either generalist as in a small company (responsibility of a portfolio of companies), specialized as in a large company, according to the clientele of the firm (accounting General, social, fiscal..). 

Under the responsibility of the accountant, he manages the annual records and balance sheets of his clients. Office and accounting software are the main tools of the accountant. Moreover, it must have a good relational to exchange with the other services of the company and the external contacts.

Relational environment

Accountant is a trade where contacts and relationships are far from being put aside. This is, of course, a job where computer work occupies an important part, but internal contacts with other services (commercial, purchasing, management, Hr...) are very common, as well as externally with the company's financial partners or with clients in an accounting firm.
Working Conditions
The accountant is attached to the financial department or the general management according to the size and structure of the company. The accountant must manage an increase in activity during the tax period which runs from January to the end of April, each year.

Profile

Major qualities
Rigour, honesty, method and organization are indispensable qualities to be an accountant. The accountant must also be curious and regularly update his knowledge. The principle of prudence must govern its way of approaching its work. His relational qualities will be an asset for his professional progression.
Experience
Experienced professionals are highly sought after. Accountants with firm experience are particularly valued by companies and have faster career progression. When you start, the internships, the acting, allow you to make your first experiences, you should not neglect them.

Professional development

In cabinet, the accountant will be able to evolve into head of mission positions, but often he joins the business world. In the company, the accountant can evolve into chief accountant positions and later to positions of administrative and financial director according to his initial training and experience.

Performance criteria

In cabinet, the accountant will be able to evolve into head of mission positions, but often he joins the business world. In business The accountant can evolve into chief accountant positions and later to administrative and financial director positions according to his initial training and experience.

Accounting Assistant in the firm

In the firm, the bookkeeper manages a portfolio of clients for which he provides accounting, social and fiscal follow-up. 
It intervenes for diversified structures due to their legal status, their size and their economic environment. In fact, it is confronted with a multitude of problems. For these reasons, companies appreciate the people who have experience in the firm. 

His missions:

It prepares the annual accounts, deals with the management of the wage slips, the preparation of tax declarations and sometimes the legal secretariat of its clients;
He manages the customer relationship on a daily basis by answering in particular questions related to the management of their activity;
He assists the accountant during appointments with the client;
Often it works with an assistant/bookkeeper who performs the input operations.

In larger firms, accounting staff can be specialized in the social (including payroll management), accounting and fiscal monitoring. The complexity of the laws and the need to update the knowledge justify this specialization of the missions of the collaborators. 
The accounting associate may also be required to advise project holders in their financial, legal and tax choices. He carries out for them the feasibility studies and accompanies them to support their dossier before the bankers or investors.

Single Accountant

The single accountant works mainly in small business. 
This position is characterized by versatility: the single accountant is responsible for keeping current accounts in General Ledger and also carries out Analytical Accounting. 

It processes the accounting data, establishes the legal documents: annual balance sheet, income statement, and produces the intermediate situations (monthly, quarterly accounting situations...). He's analyzing the accounting situation. It can carry out activities of financial type (cash...), tax (calculation of taxes, declarations...) or social (wages, balances...). It determines the profit centres and establishes the budget estimates as well as the control procedures.

Accounts receivable

He works under the direction of the accounting officer or the administrative and financial director according to the companies, and in small medium businesses most often. 

  • He is responsible for the processing and control of accounting for sales and collection operations:
  • He is directly responsible for billing customers and tracking this billing
  • He manages cash receipts, deals with litigation and unpaid. It sets up the necessary control tools to reduce the payment deadline, and works in conjunction with commercial services to improve the customer relationship in order to anticipate litigation
  • It keeps track of assets, manages customer outstanding and possible relationship with a factoring company
  • It does a reporting of items to the general ledger.

Accounts payable

Like the client accountant, he works under the direction of the accounting officer or the administrative and financial director according to the companies, and in SME most often. 

He specializes in the accounting processing of purchasing transactions, he collects supplier invoices from the various services:

  • It codifies the purchase invoices: lettering and pointing of accounts and records the invoices in newspapers;
  • It pays suppliers and follows payment schedules;
  • It manages supplier disputes;
  • It treats the expense notes;
  • It analyses and justifies the accounts (inventory entries etc);
  • It participates in or establishes monthly, quarterly and yearly fencing;
  • In some cases, it calculates and declares VAT and/or DEB.

Accounting Specialist

He works under the direction of the chief accountant or the administrative and financial director in small and large enterprises in general. Its role is to recover the regulations of unpaid bills, for this it is often in direct connection with the sales team and the administration of the sale. 

His missions:

  • It deals with the questions addressed to the Finance department about the payment of invoices;
  • He raises in writing and by phone the customers in order to recover the regulations of the unpaid bills. It must maintain as much as possible a privileged contact with the creditors
  • It follows the recovery, the management of the planning and the schedule of the raises
  • He writes and records the regulations received and prepares the litigation files in case of failure of the amicable recovery, manages the caveats and follows the procedures with the bailiffs
  • It informs the relevant internal interlocutors of the potential risks and problems
  • He's developing reports.

Apart from his technical skills and his rigorous and organisational qualities, the accountant specialized in recovery must have great relational qualities and a persuasive force, he must be pugnacity and persevering, Know how to be firm while being a diplomat.