Accounting Manager

Job Posted: October 19th, 2021

Location: San Leandro, California, US

It’s your time, make it matter.

At Peterson, we partner with our customers to build the future. For over 85 years, our peoples’ work has shaped the communities where we live, where we raise our families, and where we thrive. Peterson’s legacy permeates every aspect of our communities. From roads and bridges, back-up power at hospitals, fire-fighting, concerts and moving goods; we are everywhere you look. At Peterson, you don’t just have a career, you have a purpose.

Our family-oriented environment is built on safety, winning, growth, and professional achievement. Hiring and developing exceptional people is critical to our continued success. We have high standards for a good reason: our people represent Peterson, our family, our brand, and our values.

You have high expectations too. You are exceptionally motivated, have outstanding skills, and want your work to matter.  Peterson offers competitive wages, generous benefits, and promotional opportunities at a family-owned and operated business. It’s time to use your skills and passion to do work that matters!

Job Description

Peterson Cat has a need for an experienced Accounting Manager at our San Leandro, CA location.


The Accounting Manager is responsible for all areas relating to our corporate office and/or affiliate business operation’s financial reporting. The Manager plays a key role in achieving our goals of automating accounting functions in response to company growth and increasing use of technologies to better manage the company’s operations. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. Supervises staff accountants and is responsible for managing the accounting team to ensure that work is properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner. The Manager addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of forecast activities. The Accounting Manager will have contact with senior-level attorneys, audit firms, tax firms, representatives from manufacturers and the firm’s executives which requires strong interpersonal written and verbal communication skills.  Collaborates with other department team members as well as counterparties in other departments while maintaining excellent internal controls and a high level of service to all stakeholders.

This position may be responsible for managing corporate accounting services or may be assigned to provide business unit accounting management oversight.


The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign the functions to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. Job functions include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • General responsibility for supervising the accounting procedures of the company; Assign and audit the work of the accounting department.

  • Responsible for maintaining general ledger (G/L) accounting system and financial reporting system.

  • Meet accounting financial objectives by analyzing year over year variances.

  • Manage assigned accounting functions such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, fixed assets, allocations, inventory etc.

  • Ensure proper accounting treatment in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for all assigned corporate accounting areas including but not limited to accruals and derivatives.

  • Partner with Operations to educate managers on the income statement.

  • Develop the Accounting Team into a best-in-class resource for the Company.

  • Partner with Operations to provide answers to questions, provide GAAP expertise, and solutions to challenges.

  • Meet regularly with Business Unit Leaders to understand the business and their needs.

  • Manage cash application making sure all cash receipts are applied properly.

  • Perform/manage monthly close procedures, prepare/review various reconciliations.

  • Assist the Controller with financial reporting matters and annual audits.

  • Work closely with AP Manager to ensure timely payments and close.

  • Review the recurring payments list to ensure all reoccurring payments are made timely and accurately.

  • Review the AP aging for issues and errors monthly with the AP Manager.

  • Oversee that weekly check runs are completed on time and are accurate.

  • Maintain accounting controls by establishing a chart of accounts, defining accounting policies and procedures. Maintain financial security by establishing internal controls. Protect organization's value by keeping information confidential.

  • Guide other departments by researching and interpreting accounting policy, applying observations and recommendations to operational issues.

  • Protect assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls. Protect organization's value by keeping information confidential; enforce accounting regulations; recommending new procedures.

  • Enhance job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

  • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure. Responsible for assuring a clean and timely year end audit.

  • Perform timely month-end, quarter-end, and year-end close procedures, reconciliations, and financial statement analytics.

  • Respond to inquiries from the Controller and firm wide managers regarding financial results and special reporting requests. Support Controller with special projects and workflow process improvements.

  • Promote communication between the Accounting Department and other business units.

  • Assist in development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the workflow of the department. Recommend improvements to controls, process, and procedures.


Bachelor's Degree from a fully accredited college in Business with an emphasis in Accounting or other closely related field; and a minimum of seven years of directly related experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area, preferably in a heavy industrial environment; or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Peterson Holding Company is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. A drug screen and background check is required.
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