Accounts officers are in charge and are responsible for a business’ finances. They monitor, analyse, provide feedback, suggest goals and prepare and record financial statements. Their specific duties include:
Risk management – assessing risks, determining what factors might impede their financial goals, and then planning accordingly.
Record keeping and inspection – ensuring that there are no irregular spending practices within their business and reporting/investigating these irregularities when and if they should arise.
Paying bills – ensuring that bills, loans and the like are paid on time and in good order. This keeps creditors happy, helps operations run more smoothly and maintains the reputation of the business.
Accounts officer’s should be highly analytical, detail-oriented and have an impeccable moral and ethical code. They should understand the business they’re employed in and be able to familiarise themselves with the kind of transactions and spend that take place to sport irregularities when they occur.
Accounts officers should have completed a secondary education with a primary focus in mathematics, as well as have achieved an undergraduate or master’s degree in Business or Accounting, or earned a Diploma of accounting.