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Principal Accounting Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

Are you looking for a new, exciting accounting opportunity at Principal? Principal is currently recruiting a motivated individual to fill a Senior Accountant/Senior Accounting Analyst role on the Technical Accounting and Financial Controls team within Corporate Accounting! This role will have a variety of responsibilities including:

  • Research and document technical accounting conclusions for emerging accounting guidance, products and transactions proposed or executed by the organization. This may be on a U.S. GAAP or Statutory (for insurance companies) basis of accounting.

  • Review and perform analysis of transactions in specialized areas including derivative accounting and VIE assessments.

  • Document and review accounting policies.

  • Monitor regulatory bodies and industry groups for accounting policy updates.

  • Work independently on complex technical accounting or cross business unit projects.

  • Participate in the Company-wide assessment of accounting and financial reporting risks and provide assistance, as appropriate, to help resolve control gaps identified.

  • Assist in the development, communication, and maintenance of appropriate guidance necessary to document and evaluate internal controls over financial reporting.

  • Assist Business Unit staff regarding their responsibilities relating to the quarterly certification of controls and evaluate/monitor their performance throughout the year.

  • Support and on-going maintenance of the Company’s control documentation tool.

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

  • 6+ years of related experience required. Will consider candidate at the Senior Accounting Analyst level (8+ years of experience).

  • CPA or other applicable certifications strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of derivative and VIE accounting is desired.

  • Must have excellent communication and collaboration skills.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to drive change, informally lead to drive results, and identify opportunities for process improvements.

  • It is preferred that the candidate have experience in financial statement or operational auditing (in-charge/senior level, at a minimum).

  • Knowledge of GAAP and statutory (for insurance companies) accounting and reporting requirements is desired.


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.

USD $73,100.00/Yr.

USD $142,800.00/Yr.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates 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. and

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: 2021-32479

Business Area: Global Financial Resources

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt