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Principal Financial Group Senior Accounting Analyst - #223589 in Iowa

Job Area: AccountingBusiness Area: Global Financial ResourcesLocation: IACareer Category: Experienced ProfessionalFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularDate Posted: 2019-11-08

What you'll do

Principal is looking for a motivated individual to Corporate Accounting as a Senior Accounting Analyst. This particular job has a 50/50 focus on financial controls and technical accounting.

In this role, you'll have a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Participating in the company-wide assessment of accounting and financial reporting risks and provide assistance, as appropriate, to help resolve identified control gaps.

  • Assisting in the development, communication, training, and maintenance of appropriate guidance necessary to document and evaluate internal controls over financial reporting.

  • Assisting colleagues across the company with their responsibilities related to the quarterly certification of controls and monitor their performance throughout the year. If control deficiencies are identified, document and evaluate the deficiencies and help the business units to understand and remediate the issues quickly.

  • Assisting with projects and in-depth internal controls reviews as necessary, including coordination of activities with Principal Global Services, Inc. in Pune, India.

  • Researching and detailing technical accounting conclusions for emerging accounting guidance, products and transactions proposed or executed by the organization. This may be on a U.S. GAAP or Statutory (for insurance companies) basis of accounting.

  • Willingness to travel internationally if required.

What you'll get from us

  • Competitive pay, benefits, perks and more. We’ll reward you for the skills and experience you have. Find out more.

  • A great place to live, work and play. Greater Des Moines is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Given its vibrant and welcoming culture, it’s no wonder Des Moines has garnered so much national recognition—including #3 Best Affordable Place to Live (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).

  • Respect for your unique perspective. Diversity, inclusion and empowerment are at the core of our culture.

  • A career, not just a job. Principal is a place where you can learn and innovate. Do important work. Make an impact. And achieve your professional goals.

  • The ability to have a great job and a great life. Sure, work is important. But so is your family. And your friends. And your community. That’s why we provide the flexibility needed to find the right balance between your job and the rest of your life.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent experience required

  • 8+ years of related experience required

  • CPA or other applicable certifications strongly preferred

  • Must have excellent communication and collaboration skills

  • Must demonstrate the ability to inspire change, informally lead to get results, and find opportunities for process improvements

  • Prior experience in financial statement or operational auditing at a senior level preferred

  • Knowledge of GAAP and statutory (for insurance companies) accounting and reporting requirements is desired

  • Ability to document processes, risks, and controls and develop a control testing plan. Should possess a basic understanding of IT controls

  • Have a basic understanding of the disclosure and internal control reporting requirements of Sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

How we hire

Once you apply, your application is hand reviewed by our talent team. Generally within a few weeks, the team makes interview selection decisions and communicates those via email. If selected, you’ll receive an email from Principal Talent Team to complete a pre-recorded interview on your own time. Be sure to check your email frequently and follow the steps shared to submit timely.

Learn more about our hiring steps and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Additional Information

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not able to consider candidates needing sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.) However, we’d hope you continue to keep us in mind for future opportunities.

Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of 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.

Investment Code of Ethics

For positions with Principal Global Investors, you will be required to follow a Code of Ethics which covers a number of obligations related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.