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Principal Financial Group Accountant- International Finance in Des Moines, Iowa

What You'll Do

We’re looking for an Accountant to join our International Finance team. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved with the reporting, analysis, and projects for Principal Asset Management’s global operations. The International Finance team provides oversight and support to the finance teams in the international offices located in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions.

You will also have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Work with fellow team members across the globe, who are collectively responsible for a variety of functions, including monthly close, variance analysis, regulatory and management reporting, audits, and a variety of regional and global projects.

  • Get exposure to capital analysis, support property/lease forecasting, and assist with US GAAP adjustments for our non-US businesses.

  • Help to ensure financial risks are mitigated and collaborate with the finance teams, real estate, human resources, office senior management, and a variety of other key partners from around the world.

  • Execute on projects that embrace technology, create process efficiency, and elevate reporting.

Operating at the intersection of financial services and technology, Principal builds financial tools that help our customers live better lives. We take pride in being a purpose-led firm, motivated by our mission to make financial security accessible to all. Our mission, integrity, and customer focus have made us a trusted leader for more than 140 years!

Who You Are

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

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience is required.

  • CPA or other applicable certifications are preferred.

  • Critical thinking, process improvement, strong communication skills, agility, and self-motivation are key.

  • Successful completion of a criminal background check may be required.

Technical Skills That Will Help You Stand Out

  • Microsoft Office suite

  • US GAAP & international accounting

  • Data analysis

  • Problem-solving

  • Project management

Salary Range Information

Salary ranges below reflect targeted base salaries. Non-sales positions have the opportunity to participate in a bonus program. Sales positions are eligible for sales incentives, and in some instances a bonus plan, whereby total compensation may far exceed base salary depending on individual performance. Actual compensation for all roles will be based upon geographic location, work experience, education, licensure requirements and/or skill level and will be finalized at the time of offer.

Salary Range (Non-Exempt expressed as hourly; Exempt expressed as yearly)

$71250 - $95950 / year

Time Off Program

Flexible Time Off (FTO) is provided to salaried (exempt) employees and provides the opportunity to take time away from the office with pay for vacation, personal or short-term illness. Employees don’t accrue a bank of time off under FTO and there is no set number of days provided.

Pension Eligible


Additional Information

Work Environments

This role offers in-office and hybrid (blending at least three office days in a typical workweek), you’ll work with your leader to figure out which option may align best based on several factors.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering applicants that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States. This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links.

Nonimmigrant Workers ( and Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants (

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Asset Management positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics 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.

Experience Principal

At Principal, we value connecting on both a personal and professional level. Together, we’re imagining a more purpose-led future for financial services – and that starts with you. Our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees. And we support our employees the same way we support our customers: with comprehensive, competitive benefit offerings crafted to protect their physical, financial, and social well-being. Check out our careers site ( to learn more about our purpose, values and benefits.

Principal 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, disability, or veteran status.

Posting Window

We will accept applications for 3 full days following the Original Posting Date, after which the posting may remain open or be removed based upon applications received. If we choose to post the job again, we will accept additional applications for at least 1 full day following the Most Recently Posted Date. Please submit applications in a timely manner as there is no guarantee the posting will be available beyond the applicable deadline.

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