Audit Accountant

Posted 3 months ago

Minneapolis Audit Accountant

job description

This Audit Accountant is responsible for learning processes and systems, assisting with planning and facilitating engagements and working as part of a team to carry out tasks under close supervision. A person in this role will continue to learn, understand, and effectively use current accounting software applications when assisting with attest engagements. This person is expected to grow and develop to a point that he/she can execute/demonstrate solid understanding of accounting and auditing principles, quality control standards and technology implementation procedures.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Learns the planning process and assists in planning and facilitating multiple assignments.
  • Assists with facilitating engagements to meet budget and client expectations.
  • Provides exceptional service to clients by providing individual attention, responsiveness, and commitment to understanding their goals and needs.
  • Builds and strengthens co-worker and client relationships through effective communication and an understanding of relevant audit and accounting standards and advises on concerns and relevant industry pronouncements.
  • Learns and develops a good understanding of client businesses.
  • Executes solid understanding of accounting and auditing principles, ensures quality control standards are met, and applies technology implementation procedures.
  • Prepares work papers, reports, financial statement drafts and letters of recommendations in accordance to firm and professional standards.
  • Identifies and communicates audit issues, technical matters and improvement opportunities to senior accountants, supervisors/managers, or principals to resolve client issues discovered during the audit process.
  • Demonstrates technical skills, general industry knowledge and becomes familiar with the firm’s services.
  • Maintains and complies with the highest degree of professional standards, client confidentiality and personal conduct.
  • Handles sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Develops and maintains excellent working relationships with client’s staff to increase customer satisfaction and to strengthen client relationships.
  • Learns the firm’s financial model and ensures profitable delivery of engagements.

Required Qualifications:

  • One year of similar accounting/auditing experience or administrative support experience in a financial or CPA organization. 
  • Strong technical, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in Excel and Word.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of organization, focus, exceptional attention to detail.
  • Is able to travel locally to clients.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates or BA/BS degree in Accounting or related field
  • Previous work experience in accounting/audit in a CPA firm.
  • Experience with ProSystems Engagement software, CCH Knowledge Coach, and QuickBooks.
  • Customer-service oriented, demonstrated by the following attributes: proactive, observant, knowledgeable and reliable.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, stand or sit for extended periods of time, as well as type/enter data at a keyboard regularly


Smith Schafer is an established, growing, full-service CPA firm that provides the highest level of professional accounting services to our clients. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a smaller environment with the industry experience and knowledge of a large firm. Competitive salary and benefits package based on education and experience including 401k match.

Smith Schafer has consistently earned a spot on the Star Tribune’s Minnesota Top Workplace list and it is our goal to continue to hire the most talented individuals who will make a positive impact on our clients and contribute to the success of our firm.

We offer competitive compensation, opportunities for professional development, flexible schedule options to allow for a work/life balance, and much more. Click to learn more about our benefits.

Please submit a cover letter/resume to [email protected] or complete an online application.

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