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General Ledger Accountant

Location: Vancouver
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

Get ready to grow with us!

Northwest Pipe Company is the nation's leading manufacturer of water infrastructure products and with over 50 years of experience, we're just getting started! Our business is growing, and we're looking for great people to grow with us. We're immediately seeking a General Ledger Accountant to join our Northwest Pipe team in Vancouver, WA.

We Offer:

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D Insurance

Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Time

401k Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match

Bonus Potential (2x per year)

Up to $5,000 per year Tuition Reimbursement

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Opportunities for Career Advancement

Values-Driven Culture Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety

Our Values:

Accountability is evident when we do what we say we are going to do and people accept responsibility for their actions. We do not point fingers and blame others. We own our actions.

Commitment is not only promising to do something, but actually investing in the necessary effort and actions to make it happen.

Teamwork is essential for competing in a challenging and constantly changing business environment. Working together across all job functions is critical to achieving our success.

ABOUT THE JOB: The General Ledger Accountant has a broad range of corporate accounting responsibilities, including account analysis and reconciliations, monthly journal entries, daily treasury function, and assistance with audits. The General Ledger Accountant will document and update policies and procedures for areas of responsibility, resolve accounting discrepancies, and be cross-trained with the key duties of other team members. Responsibilities also include special projects.


Prepare accounting analysis, journal entries, and account reconciliations.

Treasury support functions including daily cash reconciliation, positive pay, and borrowing administration.

Resolve accounting discrepancies.

Provide assistance with the external financial audit, and internal audits.

Support the Company's financial reporting function, including preparation of financial disclosure schedules.

Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with Company policies and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Document policies, procedures and workflow for assigned areas of responsibility. Maintain and update internal control procedures for areas.

Lead special projects as assigned.


Back-up responsibility for general ledger accounting performed by other team members.

Accounting and compliance for sales and use tax, which may include filing returns for multiple jurisdictions, maintaining knowledge of sales and use tax rules, and responsibility for coordination of sales and use tax audits.

Other duties as assigned by the Corporate Services Manager.


Types of interactions are in-person discussions and meetings, phone calls, and emails.

Daily interaction with other members of the Finance department.

Moderate interaction with staff in other corporate departments, and staff at plant locations.

Occasional interaction with external auditors, representatives of taxing jurisdictions, and bank representatives.

Interaction typically relates to accounting transactions, of moderate complexity.


Strong grasp of GAAP and technical accounting experience obtained through either audit or industry experience.

Familiarity with internal controls.

Strong organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task, monitor workflow to meet critical deadlines and project timetables, and adjust priorities.

Highly detail oriented and efficient; seeks to continuously build efficiencies in work flows.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Highly proficient in Excel.

SAP experience preferred.

Able to work on complex tasks independently, and in a team environment.

Able to clearly and concisely document workflows into a supportable work product.

A positive attitude and desire to contribute to the success of the Company.


BA/BS in Accounting or equivalent.

Minimum of 3 years of accounting experience required.

Full list of anticipated physical demands for this position and detail on our work environment is available on our application portal. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Northwest Pipe Company is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Northwest Pipe Company reserves the right to close the position, with or without notice, if a qualified candidate is identified prior to the close date.


The physical demands and work environment 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 to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regular, reliable and predictable attendance is necessary in order to perform the essential functions of this position.

Physical Activity

Over 2/3 of the time:

Standing/Sit: Remaining upright in a stationary position, particularly for sustained periods.

Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling to type.

Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.

Walking: Moving about to accomplish tasks, particularity for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Communicating: Expressing or exchanging ideas and information accurately, in written or diagram form.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.

Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers such as moving a mouse and typing.

Up to 2/3 of the time:

Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm to operate a mouse, phone, computer, and other office machines.

Less than 1/3 of the time:

Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward downward or outward.

Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

Kneeling/Crouching: Position self to look under or around equipment or areas of production

Stooping: Positions self to lift items off the floor.

Reaching: Grabbing things from a distance above or from the side.

Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or move objects from position to position.

Physical Requirements

Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Visual Acuity

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Vision Requirements:

Over 2/3 of the time the worker is required to have:

Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)

Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)

Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)

Up to 2/3 of time the worker is required to have:

Distance vision (clear feet at 20 feet or more)

Ability to adjust visual focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Weather Conditions

The worker is subject to activities which occur inside the office environment

Noise Levels

Over 2/3 of the time:

Quiet conditions when working in the office

Personal Protective Equipment is required when in the Plant, Yard or Construction Areas:

Hard Hat

Safety Glasses

Steel-toed Boots

Hearing Protection

Reflective Vest

Keywords: NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY, Vancouver , General Ledger Accountant, Accounting, Auditing , Vancouver, Washington

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