Staff Accountant
Accounting Tax Services Department 

Position                                 Staff Accountant

Posting Date                         January 15, 2018

Employment                        Full time 

City                                         Cleveland - Beachwood, OH



Zinner & Co., named one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For by Accounting Today magazine, has an outstanding opportunity for a top-notch candidate to join our Accounting and Tax Services team as a Staff Accountant.  

You will join a growing team of CPAs who create solutions and strategies for clients, helping them build their business while adding depth to your career. We offer a collaborative mentoring and enrichment program designed to help you grow and thrive in your career. You will also work with all levels of the firm including the partner group and staff. 

Summary of Responsibilities

The Staff Accountant performs a wide variety of diversified accounting and tax assignments under the supervision of other accounting and tax service professionals.  Performance judged based on the quality of work, application of accounting and tax knowledge, ability to provide clear and concise communications, and ability to meet time constraints.  Displays professional conduct and confidence in the presence of staff and clients.

Essential Functions

  • Performs diversified accounting and tax assignments under direction of senior, supervisor, manager, or partner
  • Works as part of a client service team participating in planning of client engagements
  • Prepares workpapers and performs various procedures established under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) or other comprehensive basis of accounting (OCBOA) to verify accuracy and validity of client’s financial records
  • Assists in proposal development and research gathering as requested
  • Participates in intern recruiting and campus career and accounting fair representation
  • Contributes to blog and article topics as requested
  • Represents firm at networking events

General Accounting

  • Prepares journal entries and supporting schedules for month-end and year-end closings
  • Performs bank reconciliations
  • Reconciles assigned accounts at period-end and prepares backup documentation
  • Provides support to management for special projects and directives
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements
  • Works with Senior Accountants to ensure timely reporting and period-end close

Tax Reporting and Compliance

  • Prepares basic to more complex federal, state and local personal and business tax returns
  • Analyzes IRS notices and drafts responses
  • Prepares sales tax and payroll tax reports
  • Prepares support for all required tax returns
  • Collaborates with other staff members to obtain information for completing tax returns


  • Demonstrates competence in technical skills, work quality, and application of professional and firm standards. Takes ownership of projects and tasks
  • Meets time constraints, client deadlines and tax compliance deadlines
  • Contributes to the client service team by producing quality work with quick turnaround and attentive service to clients and staff
  • Communicates with clients as needed to complete the engagements with a minimum of client disruption
  • Maintains contacts with peers and begins to develop a network of business contacts
  • Performs the broadest range of accounting tasks so that direct participation of supervisors, managers, or partners is kept to a minimum
  • Prepares various other reports, projects, and duties as assigned
  • Seeks to gain knowledge of client businesses
  • Client-focused and able to effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Develops and maintains an excellent working relationship with all levels of client staff to increase client satisfaction and to strengthen client relationships
  • Complies with the highest degree of professional standards, professional conduct,  client confidentiality and personal conduct
  • Assists with training and mentoring junior associates and interns on accounting and tax methods


  • One to two years’ experience in public accounting
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in accounting or a related program
  • Either holds CPA license or is working toward it
  • High level of proficiency in Adobe products and in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Previous accounting or tax internship experience beneficial but not required
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Our culture is rooted in client service; our spirit is philanthropic. We support our employees’ humanitarian efforts and join together outside the office through participation in community events, charitable initiatives, and goodwill. We envision our ideal candidate as one who is the change agent that not only empowers our clients, but also the world. 

Zinner & Co. is conveniently located in Beachwood, Ohio, off I-271 at the Chagrin Blvd. exit. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package with many opportunities for professional development. Our open, bright and modern layout, comfortable collaboration areas, and technologically advanced office space will greet you each day. 

For confidential consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter below: