MediaNews Group, Inc.

  • Senior Accountant

    Job Locations US-OH-Willoughby
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(12/30/2019 1:48 PM)
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    MediaNews Group is looking for a Senior Accountant to join our Shared Services team in Willoughby, OH!  This position is responsible for all JDE activities related to recording journal entries for the assigned Properties (Newspapers), including monthly account reconciliation of assigned accounts.  In this position, you will be responsible for tracking newsprint inventory, calculating expense, and approving payments.


    This position is a key communication link with assigned Properties FP&A contacts and works in JDE, ImageNow, and BPC (BI tool).


    • For assigned Properties, prepare monthly journal entries and supporting schedules. Ensure proper approvals have been received.
    • Prepare documentation for journal entries in the following areas: ad revenue, interactive revenue, circulation revenue, circulation expenses, advertising expenses, newsprint expenses, commission expenses, bonus expenses, and allocations.
    • Ensure all journal entries and supporting documentation is scanned onto a Shared Drive for long term storage and routing, when needed, to the Properties.
    • Release P&L detail to department heads at field locations.
    • Field questions/inquiries from department heads, FP&A contacts, and Publishers regarding financial results and perform research activities.
    • Complete balance sheet account reconciliations.
    • Complete sales tax calculations, remit payments to the taxing authorities, and maintain proper reporting and documentation.
    • Assist FP&A resources with variance analyses and Day 7 reports.
    • Perform newsprint analyst tasks; tracking inventory orders, receipt, and invoicing.
    • Complete inventory roll-forward to calculate newsprint expense and generate related journal entry.
    • Perform bad debt analysis and book bad debt expense.
    • Generate BPC reports as requested.
    • Provide customer service to key contacts at field locations.


    • Accounting process and controls knowledge
    • Strong knowledge and application of GAAP
    • Experience in performing financial statement close
    • Proficient in use of English grammar in written and verbal communications.
    • Able to present organized technical information via email to clients.
    • Ability to hear, comprehend and speak clearly when communicating information and instructions in conversations with other employees and vendors.
    • Demonstrated ability to create Excel spreadsheets using formulas, as needed.
    • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
    • Ability to apply common sense understanding and execution of instructions in written or oral form
    • Self-initiative
    • Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain calm under pressure
    • Attention to detail
    • Team collaboration skills
    • Customer-focused
    • Ability to communicate technical problems to the appropriate IT staff for system functionality issues and resolution.


    Work Environment

    General office environment, however, at times position may be remote. If the position is remote, internet connection required and is the responsibility of the employee. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones.


    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms and requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies up to 30 pounds.


    Other Duties
    This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




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