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Staff Accountant at American Tower Corporation

Posted in Finance 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Woburn, Massachusetts

Job Description:

The Staff Accountant must be an organized and highly motivated team player with strong initiative and communication skills, a strong understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), and the ability with little or no supervision to make independent judgments while applying GAAP to standard business transactions, including complex lease arrangements.  American Tower (1) is an SEC registrant required to comply with SEC rules and regulations, which creates complexity in the financial reporting area; (2) has elected to be taxed as a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) for income tax purposes in the United States, which requires that transactions be reported in the proper legal entity to ensure compliance with REIT tax requirements; and (3) has secured debt arrangements that require separate reporting for the entities subject to the securitization, all of which results in financial reporting risk.  The Staff Accountant will assist with monthly financial close activities, including journal entry preparation, account analysis and balance sheet reconciliation.  The Staff Accountant prepares reports through analysis of basic operating statistics and/or financial data.


  • Monthly financial close activities for unit with over $1 billion in annual revenue, including the following:

  • Originate in Oracle financial software journal entries that provide the basis for accurate financial statements that must be provided to the SEC.

  • Perform analysis of P&L accounts in team-based approach for U.S. operations

  • Perform balance sheet reconciliations, ensuring transactions are reported properly to support REIT and securitization reporting

  • Support internal control documentation, checklists and audits to comply with the Sarbanes Oxley Act.

  • Perform monthly operations reporting, including providing support for SEC reporting

  • Assist with various projects and accounting matters to drive value through financial analyses

  • Account for transactions, including complex lease arrangements, business acquisitions and other matters in accordance with GAAP

  • Identify process enhancements for senior management and then initiate same

  • Provide support for accounting for basic new business initiatives from GAAP prospective

  • Perform ad hoc financial and accounting analysis as requested by management

  • Provide data to respond to audit requests

  • Assess accounting procedures to comply with GAAP guidance


  • Other duties as may be assigned


  • None


  • Ability to work with functional groups and different level of employees throughout the organization to effectively and professionally achieve business results

  • Strong follow-up skills; ability to organize applicable department timelines and follow up with internal and external customer needs

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present ideas and suggestions clearly and effectively

  • Strong organizational skills; ability to accomplish multiple tasks within the agreed upon timeframes through effective prioritization of duties; ability to function in a fast paced environment

  • Strong track record of building and maintaining solid relationships with internal and external customers and vendors.

  • Self-motivated, able to work independently to complete tasks and respond to department requests and to collaborate with others to utilize resources and knowledge to identify high quality solutions

  • Must be flexible as there may be workweeks that require more than 40 hours to ensure the positions expectations and responsibilities are met


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required

  • 0-2 years of experience in accounting or finance preferred

100% performed in climate-controlled internal office environment working under normal office conditions.  Approximately 0-5% travel will be required in support of the position’s responsibilities.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands and fingers to feel and handle, reach with arms and hands, talk and hear.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel and crouch, lift weight or exert a force up to a maximum of 25 pounds.


American Tower Corporation (“ATC” or the “Company”) is committed to a policy of equal employment and will not discriminate against an applicant or associate based on his or her age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, handicap, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy or any other category protected under federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance.