Manager, General Accounting, Accounts Payable & Payroll

Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Our client, The Philadelphia Inquirer, was founded in 1829 and is the third-oldest continually operating daily newspaper in the United States. It was purchased in 2014 by the non-profit Lenfest Institute, which was founded by philanthropist Gerry Lenfest to protect and promote the integrity of journalism – specifically local journalism.

They are looking for a Manager of General Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Payroll. This role will report to their VP of Finance and manage a team of three.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

Payroll Manager

Supervise the accurate preparation of the weekly payroll with strict compliance to deadlines
Oversee the payment of all employee non-tax withholdings

Ensure the accuracy in the recording of salary related expenses, withholdings, benefits and allocations

Provide timely customer service to employees and liaison to union officials with payroll questions

Provide accurate and timely wage reports to departments, insurance companies and auditors

Oversight of quarterly tax filings, annual W2 reporting, and preparation of manual forms related to 3rd party sick pay

Preparation of ad hoc payroll related reports as needed by pulling data from the Ceridian payroll system as well as the company payroll database

Accounts Payable Manager

Responsible for the payment of goods and services procured by The Philadelphia Inquirer following specific guidelines of vendor contracts, financial controls, and treasury operations

Manage payment timing to coordinate with company cash flow requirements

Responsible for the accurate reflection of expense on the monthly financial statements or balance sheet

Ownership of the supplier set-up function, including proper determination of form 1099 inclusion

Manage the 3rd party Accounts Payable company responsible for preparation of weekly payments and communication with financial institutions

Annual reconciliation of information returns, ensuring accuracy and timeliness of reporting to vendors and government agencies

Preparation of ad hoc vendor and payable related reports as needed

Manage the Accounts Payable Clerk

General Accounting Manager

Responsible for ensuring that monthly financial information is reported accurately, timely, and confidently

Preparation of the monthly close reconciliation schedule, and tracking of net income for upper management’s review

Review and enforcement of financial controls, reconciliation of financial activity, and initiation of necessary corrections

Coordinate with Treasury department for the accurate reconciliation of all bank accounts, initiating necessary correcting entries

Assist in the development and implementation of financial policies & procedures

Interface with independent auditors

Prepare support for the annual tax return

Ensure all balance sheet accounts are being reconciled on a monthly basis

Supervise the work of the two General Accountants

General Responsibilities

Prepare ad hoc analyses and reports as requested

Maintain successful relationships with internal department heads, external clients, auditors, and vendors

Manage, mentor, and develop staff


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline

7+ years accounting and payroll experience

Display high standards of integrity and ethical business practice standards including the ability to be very discrete in the handling of confidential and privileged information

Knowledge of Oracle fusion or other corporate accounting financial system

Knowledge of Ceridian Dayforce payroll application or similar

Adaptable and flexible to new ideas and changes in responsibilities as the operations develop

Detail oriented with the ability to follow through and solve problems

Able to present and express information effectively and clearly

Able to produce accurate results in a fast paced, high pressure environment

Able to organize, prioritize, and meet deadlines

Establish, cultivate, and maintain effective working relationships throughout the organization

Able to manage, mentor, and coach staff to ensure business needs are met and employees continue to develop