In Pursuit of Profit
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Accountants that have been in the industry for decades may find this idea unfathomable because they are used to the regular cadence of time-consuming, stressful closing procedures that never seem to go smoothly. And yet, as automation becomes ever more prevalent in accounting and finance, the traditional bookkeeping role is becoming largely replaceable by software, taking with it some of the tediousness and historical pain points that have traditionally been a hallmark of the industry. Will a manual month-end or year-end financial close soon become a relic of the past?
An accountant on a laptop with “KPI – Key Performance Indicator” written nearby surrounded by business icons and financial charts.
Every day we talk to business owners and CEOs that are worried about how their company is doing financially, but recently there has been an uptick in uncertainty around the metrics they use to evaluate their performance as well. The trend towards questioning whether the business is measuring the right things or enough things is growing. More and more business leaders are asking things like:
What about your accounting platform? Is it keeping pace with business needs? Does it provide the kind of functionality that your business needs to take that next step (whatever it may be)? Does it offer sufficient automation to streamline human efforts?
The reality is that the companies that need accounting help the most typically aren’t even aware that they need help. If you’re not sure how your accounting staff and systems are working together to deliver on key accounting functions, here are some red flags to keep an eye out for:
I discovered many parts of the HR world matched my interests, so I wanted to be a finance leader who had some real HR knowledge. I pursued an SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) designation, which required studying materials and taking an exam. As time passed, I realized recruiting was the part of HR I really liked because I am a lifetime connector. Fast forward to today and I have spent most of the past 20 years as a recruiter.
One topic that is a continual area of consternation within the recruiting world is job titles. Job seekers and hiring companies alike struggle with accounting and finance job titles. I’ll tell you why and what you can do about it when looking for or posting an accounting job:
Either way, they typically come to us with their books in disarray looking for someone that can get them back on track and put the foundational elements in place for them to manage continued growth more effectively.
Their goal is not simply to have clean books for the mere sake of doing so. Their goal is to have the kind of accurate and timely financial information needed for strategic decision-making – enabling yesterday’s growth to fuel tomorrow’s growth as well. They understand that sustainable growth must be built on a solid financial foundation.