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Principal Accounting Policy & Research Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

Principal is looking for a dynamic and motivated individual to join our Principal Global Investors (PGI) business area as an Accounting Policy & Research Manager on the Accounting Policy and Research 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. In this role, you'll conduct research on complex and unique transactions to assess the appropriate accounting treatment and assist with investment integrations related to strategic investment transactions. This is an individual contributor role, and not a people leader role.

This team partners with key internal and external stakeholders to advocate for the business while protecting the integrity of the financial statements. Successful candidates will have a strong aptitude for technical accounting and a natural curiosity to want to dig in and understand. Candidates will also have a strategic approach and strong communication skills 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, and partnering with peers from across the organization to review the purchases of unique investment structures.

What will it take to be successful on the Accounting Policy & Research Team:

  • Strong communication including ability to explain complex technical matters in an understandable manner to people with varying backgrounds across teams and engaging other areas of the organization.

  • Strategically approach issues to advocate for the business while protecting the integrity of the financial statements. Not being afraid to speak up and challenge concerns with stakeholders, other business areas, the auditors, etc.

  • Have strong relationships, gain trust, and collaborate with all stakeholders: Portfolio management team, CAO’s, CFO’s, other areas of organization, external auditors, and other PGI Reporting teams.

  • Leadership skills managing a project-based workload including setting milestones, communicating findings, and holding other project members accountable as well as being thoughtful about balancing workload and being strategic about opportunities.

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

  • 6+ years of relevant experience required

  • Public Accounting experience is ideal

  • GAAP & Statutory experience is recommended

  • Consolidation guidance, such as VOE/VIE analysis is ideal

  • CPA or other applicable certifications preferred

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.

$95200 - $182400 / year

Work Environment

This role offers the ability for in-office, hybrid (blending both office and remote work in a typical workweek), and remote work arrangements. You’ll work with your leader to determine which option may align best based on several factors.

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: 2022-37870

Business Area: PGI Other

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt