Senior Accounting Analyst - #222778

Principal Financial Group Des Moines , IA 50301

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Area: Accounting

Business Area: PGI Other

Location: IA - Des Moines

Career Category: Experienced Professional

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Date Posted: 2019-04-02

Finding the right job is all about finding the right fit

At Principal, we believe how we do things is every bit as important as what we do. We're guided by our commitment to do the right thing for customers, employees and the environment. And we're not just jumping on the bandwagon that's been part of our culture since we were founded all the way back in 1879.

We're proud of consistently receiving several recognitions as a top workplace for employees. In fact, Principal made the cut in Forbes' first-ever list of "America's Best Employers!" And the best part? It's our employees who gave us a thumbs-up.

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Principal is looking for a talented leader interested in driving change to join our Principal Global Investors (PGI) business segment as a Senior Accounting Analyst on our Investment Accounting Team. In this fast-paced and challenging leadership role, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of investments and systems.

The Investment Accounting team is responsible for the daily and monthly accounting for our consolidated (General Account) derivatives, fixed income, and alternative investments. In this role, you will lead a team of finance and accounting professionals responsible for a variety of functions including accounting for alternative investments, monthly valuation process, daily cash application, and reconciliations. The right candidate will be energized by challenging the status quo, collaborating closely with other leaders, and developing, encouraging, and empowering their team to have a growth mindset.


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

  • 8+ years of related experience required.

  • 3+ years of formal leadership experience required.

  • CPA or other applicable certifications is a plus.

  • Must have excellent communication and collaboration skills.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to drive change, challenge the status quo, and identify opportunities for process improvements.

  • Proficient working knowledge of Excel and an aptitude to learn new technologies required.

  • A good understanding of Statutory and GAAP investment accounting principles is preferred.

  • Knowledge of PAM for Investments is a plus.

Additional Information

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Be sure to check your email frequently. We'll communicate our decisions through the email address used on your online profile. If you receive an email from our Principal Talent Acquisition Team, you've been selected to begin your pre-recorded interview experience and have a set time to submit.

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Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not able to consider candidates who would need 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 other potential opportunities in the future.

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 comply with 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.

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