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Principal Senior Accounting Analyst in Des Moines, Iowa

Principal is hiring a Senior Accounting Analyst to play a key role in the implementation of new insurance accounting guidance (also known as LDTI) as part of the actuarial modernization project. This role provides a unique opportunity for someone to find innovative solutions to drive the success of this high priority initiative.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Work with actuarial and IT subject matter experts to obtain a thorough understanding of their new processes; identify areas in the process that pose financial statement risk; and consult with them on what controls should be implemented to appropriately mitigate the risks identified

  • Identify, design, document, and test new LDTI processes and controls, both interim (for recast) and end state

  • Provide coordination and support to multiple business units to ensure consistency of controls between business units where appropriate

  • Help identify risks and controls through the financial reporting processes to move data from the updated actuarial systems into financial reporting tools

  • Participate in dry run preparation for model runs and ensure the process is properly controlled

  • Document process flows and risk and control matrices after the dry run process across various stages of control environments

  • Keep specific and detailed documentation of the evolution of control environments from manual to automated, to ease the burden of auditing multiple control environments

  • Assist in identifying controls over key disclosures

  • Assist in developing training materials for key stakeholders where process changes have been made and controls have been impacted

  • Work with the Governance Team to ensure controls are properly embedded into governance where possible

  • Organize all relevant audit work into concise packages which can be shared with auditors

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance or equivalent experience plus 8-10 years of relevant experience required

  • CPA or other applicable certifications preferred

  • Internal controls experience required

  • Strong knowledge of the rules of Sarbanes Oxley and Model Audit Rule required

  • IT general controls experience and/or IT experience highly preferred

  • Knowledge of operational risks preferred

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong communication skills and ability to clearly and concisely articulate key findings and recommendations to stakeholders

  • Ability to develop effective visuals to assist in communication

  • Self-motivator and team player

  • Ability to see the vision of the overall project and align your work to achieve project goals

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: 2021-30429

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Risk

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: No

FLSA Status: Exempt