Transamerica Manager of Accounting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Job FamilyGeneral Accounting

Job Description SummaryThe people of Transamerica bring expertise, creativity, heart and diverse thought to everything that we do-and to the communities where we live and workAre you looking for a highly visible leadership role? Do you have experience in taking complex audits to closure? Do you have strong communication skills and are comfortable interacting with various levels of senior leadership?If your answer is yes, we are looking for you!Job Description

What You Will Do:In this role you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the external audit relationship working in partnership with business process owners and the external audit firm. This is a key position where you will use your resources to facilitate and drive closure to multiple audit and audit related deliverables. You will demonstrate you’re organizational and communication skills by providing accurate status and escalation to Senior Leadership on all engagement level audit activities.

What You Will Learn:

You will be working with a team of ambitious and engaged professionals who bring fresh ideas and diverse perspectives to help us continually shake up the status quo and stay on the forefront of reinventing how we meet our customer needs. You will learn what it means to work for a company that focuses on the Employee Experience and how this enables us to engage, retain and develop our employees.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Responsible for administrative organization on overall engagement including budget tracking, fee and expense management, engagement letter and audit area approvals, and audit accrual and fee disclosure requirements.

  • Partner with third party provider handling responsibility for administrative systems to ensure timely and accurate fulfillment of audit requests

  • Prepare periodic executive summary level communication on outstanding audit requests and key open items to Senior Leadership

  • Drive closure of annual statutory audits and coordinate among various groups including Regulatory Reporting, Investments, and Tax

  • Facilitate the completion of year-end Separate Account product filings through coordination of different functional areas (Compliance, Regulatory Reporting)

  • Partner with Senior Leadership on annual external audit fee and expense analysis/negotiations. Lead and coordinate discussions between Senior Leadership, Group Management, and the external audit firm as needed.

  • Provide guidance and coordinate reviews and approvals of quarterly Letter of Representation in conjunction with external audit firm

  • Lead and coordinate the review of the master audit engagement letters in conjunction with Legal, Procurement, and the external audit firm

  • Collect and document all necessary approvals for pre-approved audit and audit related bodies of work to support formal acceptance by Senior Management at local and Group levels

  • Oversee and follow up on all external audit billing activities

  • Oversee and review quarterly audit accrual and fee disclosure requirements

  • Manage direct report and dotted line reports by providing daily coaching and guidance on audit request and ad hoc activities. Provide leadership and clarity on goals in alignment with organizational key results.

  • Support and coordinate other external audit logistical requests as needed

What You Need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or relevant field, or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum of 8 years previous experience, with degree.

  • Experience managing complex internal or external audits to closure

  • Strong organization and communication (oral, written) skills to individuals at various levels internally and externally

  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic, fast paced environment

  • Strong work ethic and ability to work towards deadlines by influencing others out of direct line of reporting

  • Experience in leading, motivating, and managing resources

  • Prefer CPA, MBA or auditing (CIA, CISA, CFSA) certification

  • Prefer 3-5 years of Management experience

  • Prefer Insurance background

What You Receive:

A Comprehensive Wealth + Health package. It’s our passion to empower people, and especially our employees, to add years to their lives and more life to their years. That means a healthy account balance and a healthy body to match. As you’ll come to discover, Wealth + Health is a central part of everything we do!

Wealth Benefits; Competitive Pay, Bonus, and Benefits Package; Pension Plan, 401k Match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Disability Insurance, Stock Purchase Plan, Employee Discounts, Career Training & Development Opportunities, Certification Sponsorship

Health and Work/Life Balance Benefits; Be Well Company sponsored holistic wellness program which includes Wellness Coaching and reward dollars, Parental Leave, Adoption Assistance, Employee Assistance Program, College Coach Program, Back-up Care Program, Paid Time Off to Volunteer, Employee Matching Gifts Program, Employee Resource Groups, Inclusion and Diversity Programs, Employee Recognition Program

Why Work for Us

Total Rewards at Transamerica: It’s more than a paycheck.

Our comprehensive Total Rewards package is designed to help support you in many ways — throughout all stages of your life and career. We provide a competitive, market-driven program that encompasses base compensation, bonus potential, retirement, health and wellness benefits, learning and development opportunities, plus great employee perks. All designed with you in mind… to help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally - and feel valued for the work you do.

Learn more about our Total Rewards Package.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Transamerica Life Insurance Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g. U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunities laws.

Applicants with physical or mental disabilities may be entitled to a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state and local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will insure equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the Transamerica Companies. Please contact: applicantsupport@transamerica.com if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

Ontario Applicants:

Our Company is committed to providing accessibility to those with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity, that is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 ("AODA"). Please contact applicantsupport@transamerica.com if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

Technical Assistance:

If you experience technical problems during the application process, please email applicantsupport@transamerica.com.

At Transamerica, hard work, innovative thinking and personal accountability are qualities that we honor and reward. We understand the potential that is unleashed by leveraging the talents of a diverse workforce. We embrace an environment where employees enjoy a balance between their careers, families, communities and personal interests. Ultimately, we appreciate the uniqueness of a company where talented professionals work collaboratively in a positive environment focused on helping customers secure their long-term financial futures.

Transamerica is a part of AEGON, an international life insurance, pension, and asset management company. The AEGON companies employ approximately 28,000 people and have a strong presence in more than 20 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.transamerica.com.