Principal Financial Group Associate Accountant - #221822 in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Area: AccountingBusiness Area: PensionLocation: IA - Des MoinesCareer Category: Experienced ProfessionalFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularDate Posted: 2018-05-15

The prestige of a Fortune 500 company; the feel of a small business.

At Principal®, every role supports a greater purpose— to help people live their best lives. And after more than 130 years we’ve never had a more vibrant and dynamic global team united in our purpose.

Our employees are empowered to do their best work. We care about more than just skillsets and job responsibilities. We’re invested in helping our employees diversify their experiences, meet new challenges and reach bigger goals. Working at Principal comes with many opportunities and paths for career growth—all in the kind of welcoming, collaborative and community-spirited environment you’ll look forward to working in every day.


RIS Finance is actively recruiting an Associate Accountant who can handle a broad array of job responsibilities, work effectively with multiple teams and possesses strong technical skills. In this role, you will be responsible for participating in the maintenance, preparation and analysis of financial information. In addition to the responsibilities above, there will be various adhoc work that will come your way. These could include questions/research requests from your business partners and/or project work.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience is required.

  • Prefer candidates with an accounting or finance-related degree

  • Also requires strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Requires confidence as well as the ability to clearly communicate ideas and thoughts to others.

  • Must have good interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrates the ability to accept and adapt to a changing environment.

  • Strongly prefer candidates with technical skills using Excel and SQL/Access. Essbase and expense allocation knowledge are also preferred.

  • Able to work independently and take initiative/ownership of tasks.

  • Meeting deadlines as well as balancing multiple priorities and tasks will be key in this role.


  • Strong excel capabilities (building macros, V look ups, pivot tables, etc.)

  • Access and/or SQL knowledge

  • Industry knowledge (retirement)

  • Expense and/or forecasting knowledge

Visa Sponsorship

This position is not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization by Principal. Therefore, if you will require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, we cannot consider your application at this time.


Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.