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Principal Financial Group Senior Accountant - #223260 in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Area: AccountingBusiness Area: Principal FundsLocation: IA - Des MoinesCareer Category: Experienced ProfessionalFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularDate Posted: 2019-08-15

What you'll do

Principal is seeking a Senior Accountant to join our Mutual Fund Financial Reporting team. If you are a big picture thinker, and want to be a part of an ever changing, fast paced environment, this could be the right team for you!

This position will be responsible for the oversight of: mutual fund financial statement preparation, mutual fund performance, and prospectus reporting. In this role, you will get the opportunity to prepare, analyze, research, and communicate financial information to ensure accurate reporting and/or control functions. You will also establish, analyze and review accounting procedures to ensure the integrity of information and protection of capital. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work on cross functional projects and process/system updates.

Your day to day responsibilities will include:

  • Serve as a liaison between business partners, audit firm and external fund administrator.

  • Coordinate and drive annual audits and semi-annual reporting processes.

  • Review the accuracy of financial transactions and related reports.

  • Report and communicate financial statement review findings to business partners.

  • Establish and maintain processes to monitor financial controls .

  • Assist in researching and implementing complex accounting and regulatory reporting requirements.

  • Perform accounting analysis of fund performance and yield information to ensure accurate reporting.

  • Identify and implement operational excellence projects.

What you'll get from us

  • Competitive pay, benefits, perks and more. We’ll reward you for the skills and experience you have. Find out more.

  • A great place to live, work and play. Greater Des Moines is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Given its vibrant and welcoming culture, it’s no wonder Des Moines has garnered so much national recognition—including #3 Best Affordable Place to Live (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).

  • Respect for your unique perspective. Diversity, inclusion and empowerment are at the core of our culture.

  • A career, not just a job. Principal is a place where you can learn and innovate. Do important work. Make an impact. And achieve your professional goals.

  • The ability to have a great job and a great life. Sure, work is important. But so is your family. And your friends. And your community. That’s why we provide the flexibility needed to find the right balance between your job and the rest of your life.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, or equivalent experience required.

  • 6+ years of related experience required.

  • Control oversight, financial reporting and/or investment accounting experience preferred but not required.

  • CPA or other applicable certifications preferred.

  • Must have leadership and analytical skills.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, customer service and organizational skills as well as attention to detail is required.

  • Must be an effective problem-solver, as well as have a strong sense of independence, initiative and a self-starter.

  • Demonstrates the ability to embrace and understand the change process, and effectively guides others through change.

  • PC and/or system skills required.

How we hire

Once you apply, your application is hand reviewed by our talent team. Generally within a few weeks, the team makes interview selection decisions and communicates those via email. If selected, you’ll receive an email from Principal Talent Team to complete a pre-recorded interview on your own time. Be sure to check your email frequently and follow the steps shared to submit timely.

Learn more about our hiring steps and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Additional Information

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not able to consider candidates needing sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.) However, we’d hope you continue to keep us in mind for future opportunities.

Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Investment Code of Ethics

For positions with Principal Global Investors, you will be required to follow a Code of Ethics which covers a number of obligations related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.