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Accounting Clerk

Company: Baker Boyer Bancorp
Location: Walla Walla
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

About Baker Boyer:

Baker Boyer is the oldest independently owned community bank in the Pacific Northwest. It serves the Walla Walla, Kennewick, and Yakima communities with seven branches, providing wealth management as well as personal and business banking services.

About this role:

This position is part of the Controller's team. This position performs duties related to accounting, including accounts payables, correspondent bank reconciliations, and various bank control accounts reconciliations. This position will also perform traditional accounting work which must be kept current and meet the standards and deadlines set by the Controller. All team members in the Controller's department are considered consultants to all Bank staff. This person will be expected to continue learning and expanding.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Accounts payable including:
  • Processes accounts payable semi-weekly, or more often as needed.
  • Input of relevant vendor data, input of general ledger account distributions, and preparation of payments to creditors.
  • Continues exploring options to simplify and automate repetitive processes including making payments to vendors via electronic means wherever feasible.
  • Communicates with outside vendors to obtain clarification on billings or resolve billing problems.
  • Communicates with bank staff when questions arise or errors are made.
  • Sets up and maintains Prepaid Expense amortization schedules and supporting records.
  • Works with the Accountant and accounts payable software vendor on a regular basis to keep the system updated, make suggestions for improvements, and attend relevant training.
  • Trains bank staff on accounts payable system for inputting and/or approving expense reports, and creating vendor reports. Trains bank staff on appropriate general ledger accounts for expense reporting.

  • Reviews general ledger daily for posting errors and out-of-balance accounts; identifies problem source and informs proper department or staff person to correct the issue or corrects as appropriate.
  • Identifies non-taxed purchases for appropriate State use tax owed.
  • Reconciles Federal Reserve Bank reserve maintenance account and correspondent bank demand deposit accounts; researches uncleared transaction entries by consulting with other Bank personnel involved in the transactions; ensures that all entries clear in a timely manner.
  • Reconciles various bank control accounts including payroll accounts.
  • Reconciles various general ledger accounts including reconciling bond account balances to the appropriate general ledger accounts.
  • Monitors and reconciles outstanding official checks (e.g., Cashier's checks and interest checks) and other ARP accounts as assigned. Takes action to ensure that outstanding items are cleared timely. Troubleshoots unposted items.
  • Provides backup to other staff in the Controller's department including regulatory reporting such as Washington State B&O/Excise tax; creates and posts monthly depreciation schedules, posts bond transactions (related to trade settlement and other investment portfolio accounting) in core system as well as the Trust Dept bond system, prepares bond files, create reports from fixed asset module, and other duties as necessary.
  • Provides support as needed for Pricing Committee, including conducting research to answer questions or requests raised by the Committee. Sends applicable reports to Pricing Committee the day before each meeting. Maintains the deposit rate sheet in the Vault and keeps various deposit rates updated in our core system.
  • Trains others within the department to provide backup coverage during absences.
  • Works with internal and external auditors as needed.
  • Performs additional duties as requested.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Associate degree (A. A.) or equivalent from a community college or technical school in accounting preferred. 2-3 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. General understanding of banking industry desired.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Requirements:

  • Demonstrates technical capacity. Strong knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) with proficiency and accuracy. Experience with accounts payable software desired.
  • Demonstrates strong verbal and communication skills.
  • Proactively builds and maintains positive relationships by portraying an approachable and open-minded outlook.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations, or seek additional support when needed.
  • Exceptional time management skills, attention to detail and accuracy; ability to efficiently organize and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Willingness to take initiative; proven ability to work independently and with limited direction.
  • Ability and willingness to interact with vendors.
  • Ability to apply logic and reasoning when carrying out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to easily learn and maintain Bank policies and procedures.
  • Ability and experience to work in a team.

Physical Demands/Conditions Requirements:

The job tasks and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made as appropriate to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, write, type, speak, & listen. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Ability to sit at desk and work on computer.

Occasional travel for business or educational purposes.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Baker Boyer believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to adjust the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

Baker Boyer is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Keywords: Baker Boyer Bancorp, Spokane , Accounting Clerk, Other , Walla Walla, Washington

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