Systems accountants are a niche and highly specialised part of the accounting industry and profession. They are primarily concerned with the financial systems in place within a business, and work on improving these systems, maintaining them, or designing completely new ones. These systems are mainly technological ones, such as the software used to keep records or make calculations; however, they are also tasked with looking at working processes and aiming to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
This is a unique position within the accounting industry that requires a unique blend of skills. Like other accountants, they must possess a mind geared for numbers and mathematics and have a great sense of organisation. They must also be able to envisage individual business’ accounting processes on a larger scale and translate those processes into a software format, as well as enjoy problem-solving and thinking critically.
Because of the complexity of this position, it is usual for professionals in this role to have a master’s degree and qualifications in computer sciences or software. Those in this field should continually involve themselves in further education and professional development to stay up to date on best practice and technological capabilities.