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Principal Accountant - Investment Accounting Policy & Research in Des Moines, Iowa

Principal is looking for a dynamic and motivated individual to join our Principal Global Investors (PGI) business area as an Accountant on the Accounting Policy, Research, and SOX Team. This team gives you the opportunity to partner with colleagues across the organization to implement new GAAP and Statutory guidance to ensure compliance with reporting requirements, assist with SOX compliance initiatives, and collaborating with the Reporting Team during the quarterly close process.

This team partners with key internal and external stakeholders in order to advocate for the business while protecting the integrity of the financial statements. Successful candidates will have a strong aptitude for technical accounting, a natural curiosity to want to dig in and understand, and attention to details. Candidates will also have a strategic approach and strong communication skills in order to explain complex technical matters in an understandable manner to people of varying backgrounds across teams. Specific responsibilities will include coordinating GAAP and Statutory accounting policy activities, distributing periodic updates on new and emerging accounting pronouncements, serving as a strategic advocate for new accounting policies and procedures, partnering with peers from across the organization to review the purchases of unique investment structures, assisting with SOX reporting, and assisting the Reporting Team during the quarterly close process.

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting preferred

  • CPA strongly preferred

  • 5+ years experience in accounting

  • Proficiency in researching, resolving, and communicating technical accounting matters strongly preferred

  • Knowledge of investments preferred

  • Extensive experience in GAAP accounting; Statutory accounting preferred

  • Experience developing solutions within the boundaries of regulatory agencies and corporate infrastructure standards

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors 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.

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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.

Requisition ID: 2021-29526

Business Area: PGI Other

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 801 Grand Ave

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt