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Senior Finance Accountant

Date: Sep 13, 2022

Location: Erie, PA, US, 16530

Company: Erie Insurance

Division or Field Office:

Controller Division

Department of Position: Cost Analysis & Controls Dept 

Work from:

Corporate Office, Erie PA


At Erie Insurance, you’re not just part of a Fortune 500 company; you’re also a valued member of a diverse and inclusive team that includes more than 5,000 employees and over 2,200 independent agencies.  Our Employees work in the Home Office complex located in Erie, PA, and in our Field Offices that span 12 states and the District of Columbia.  To attract and retain the best talent, we reward our team members with competitive salaries and a very generous benefits package.


Position Summary

Under minimal supervision, performs complex accounting functions to organize, analyze, track and report financial activities on both a statutory accounting principles (SAP) and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyzes, verifies and balances all source data used in the preparation of journal entries, financial statements, reports, schedules and other documents in terms of accuracy, completeness and compliance with requirements. Prepares and/or reviews monthly account and system reconciliations. Prepares analytic documentation.
  • Prepares various journal entries, statistical reports, surveys, supporting schedules, information returns, management reports and financial statements for internal use and external filings in accordance with applicable accounting principles or regulations within the required deadlines.
  • Prepares and maintains internal control documentation and testing in accordance with SOX/MAR. Evaluates controls for effectiveness and identifies internal control improvements as necessary.
  • Maintains and applies a strong working knowledge of various regulatory guidance (SAP/GAAP/SEC/SVO/IRS). Demonstrates analytical and research skills. Evaluates impact of business changes to accounting transactions and systems and implements changes to financial information or related documentation.
  • Researches issues and implements changes for new accounting guidance or regulations.
  • Coordinates receipt of and analyzes supporting documentation from other areas of the company.
  • Maintains strong understanding of the control environment and adheres to applicable internal controls.
  • Maintains strong working knowledge of systems and applications and process flows participating upgrades as appropriate. Identifies process improvements and automation opportunities using data extraction and analysis tools, and coordinates implementation.
  • Prepares workpapers for review by internal and external auditors. Communicates with internal and external associates regarding financial activities and issues. Researches technical guidance and evaluates implication and develops recommended solutions.
  • Recommends process improvements and challenges current processes for increased efficiencies and effectiveness. Provides guidance regarding accounting principles or regulations across company. Provides training, support and guidance to lower level accounting staff, as required.
  • Coordinates and completes special projects as required. Performs other duties as required.


The first three duties listed are the functions identified as essential to the job. Essential functions are those job duties that must be performed in order for the job to be accomplished. 


This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the incumbent. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other duties as requested by their supervisor, or as become clear. 


Values Diversity
Nimble Learning
Customer Focus
Cultivates Innovation
Job-Specific Knowledge
Instills Trust
Optimizes Work Processes
Ensures Accountability
Decision Quality


Bachelor's degree in accounting, or related field, required. CPA certification preferred. Five years' experience in accounting or related finance experience, required. In-depth knowledge of spreadsheet, reporting, query and/or database software preferred. Working knowledge of GAAP required, SAP preferred. The position requires the incumbent to work weekends and restrict vacation during peak periods.


**Incumbents focused on allocations and balancing systems may substitute nine years of related experience in lieu of degree.

Physical Requirements

Lifting 0-20 lbs; Occasional (<20%)
Lifting 20-50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)
Lifting Over 50 lbs; Occasional (<20%)
Driving; Rarely
Pushing/Pulling; Occasional (<20%)
Manual Keying/Data Entry; Frequent (50-80%)
Climbing; Rarely

Nearest Major Market: Erie