Senior Accountant at First American in Santa Ana, California

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:


Join our team! As a global leader in providing title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, First American (NYSE: FAF) is an ideal place to build your career. We have been entrusted with helping our customers achieve and protect their dream of homeownership since 1889. We believe that our people are the key to the company s continued success, and we invest in diverse talents and backgrounds and empower our teams to achieve more than they could anywhere else. First American has created an award-winning culture and has been named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the fifth consecutive year and to more than 50 regional Best Places to Work lists. For more information, please visit


We need someone who understands the big picture impact' of the accounting process. Conducting insightful assessments of the internal and external business landscape with an awareness of financial impact will be an important part of your job. You will review and approve highly complex account reconciliations and ensure they accurately reflect the account s balance. You will actively pursue process improvements and identify what success looks like to the customer. Your on-going partnerships with customers will lead to continuously improving service levels.

We are looking for someone who thrives in a dynamic, established company and enjoys the challenges of understanding business needs and acting on them. Someone with a strong technical background in accounting principles and practices to provide accounting support and guidance to one of our operating divisions. We want a hands-on strategic individual who works independently as well as in a highly collaborative team environment.


Balance sheet and P&L reviews

Partnership with the CFO office in resolving issues and streamlining the accounting process.

Perform complex accounting activities to maintain the integrity of the general ledger. This includes researching, as necessary, new pronouncements for reporting. Review and identify trends or issues and the related sources to make recommendations for change.

Prepares journal entries and reconciles ledger accounts, and performs monthly and quarterly fluctuation analysis.

Prepare monthly and quarterly reporting schedules for SEC filings.

Interface and assists with internal and external audit

Leads special projects including process improvement initiatives

Plays key role in monthly and quarterly close process

Perform account analysis to assist with ensuring accurate financial reporting

Perform high level review of account balances.

Ability to demonstrate critical thinking by calling out assumptions and identifying root cause.

Identify errors and risks that could have a financial impact on the company s financial statements in accordance with company policies, US GAAP and in compliance with Sarbanes Oxley.

Communicate with multiple levels in the organization and escalate issues to appropriate management.

Partner with Training or Subject matter experts to develop desktop procedures and training materials

Prepares and analyzes monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and reports; ensures financial information has been recorded accurately

Prepares integrated revenue/expense analyses


Bachelor s degree in accounting or related study , MBA preferred

CPA desired but not required

4+ years of experience in the field or in a related area

Prefer 2+ years of experience working with non-domestic based accounting teams

Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field

Organizing, planning, and prioritizing Work -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.

Advanced knowledge in the interpretation and application of accounting principles and practices under US GAAP. Knowledge of IFRS a plus.

Proficient in MS Office. Strong Excel skills required. Ability to work proficiently with large data files.

Large ERP Software experience, Oracle preferred.

Hyperion experience preferred.

Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving -- Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making -- Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

First American invests in its employees' development and well-being, empowers them to provide superior customer service and encourages them to serve the communities where they live and work. First American is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer. For more information about our Company and our dedication to putting People First, check out