Accounting Specialist

GATX Corporation • Buffalo, NY 14221

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Description

ASC Who Are We?

Throughout our history, American Steamship Company ("ASC") has been a pioneer in Great Lakes vessel transportation. Founded in Buffalo, New York in 1907, ASC has witnessed and responded to dramatic changes in Great Lakes shipping and the industries it serves, many times leading the way with innovative solutions that have had a positive impact on Lakes shipping throughout the years.

Our Great Lakes fleet consists of self-unloading vessels that range in length from 635-feet to 1,000-feet. The diversity of our asset base enables us to transport a variety of dry-bulk commodities including iron ore pellets, coal and limestone aggregates. Our single-trip vessel-carrying capacity ranges from 24,000 to 81,000 gross tons. During the navigation season, our vessels operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and require no onshore assistance to unload cargo. Unloading speeds range from 7,000 to 10,000 net tons per hour.

Today, under the ownership of GATX Corporation, ASC continues to provide safe, efficient and environmentally responsible waterborne transportation. We are dedicated to continuously building value for GATX, our customers, our employees and the communities in which we live and operate.

What will you be doing?

The purpose of this position is to provide accounting support to ASC accounting areas, including customer billing, general ledger, account reconciliations, various accounting reports and accounts payable.

* Prepare freight invoices and enter into automated A/R system; review of monthly cut-off and posting of freight revenue estimates to G/L; preparation of dispatch/demurrage calculations; maintenance and posting of vessel statistical information; maintenance of computerized customer rate books for ASC; entry of periodic fuel adjustments into the billing system; match invoices to customer payments; prepare aged open report.

* Performs various general ledger account reconciliations; record various transactions and prepare accounting Excel worksheets; perform ad-hoc account analysis and other financial analysis reports; provides documents & schedules to internal and external auditors; archiving and maintenance of all accounting records; special projects.

* Provide support as needed for the Accounts Payable function.

* Internal control responsibilities for Sarbanes-Oxley:

* Applicable SOX internal controls relating to the Marine Revenue Processes (AR Specialist as control owner)

* Applicable SOX internal controls relating to the Expenditures Processes (AR Specialist as control owner)

* Performing account reconciliations timely

What is the scope of your work?

This position works very closely with other members of ASC's Accounting Department, Traffic, and Marketing personnel in the execution of the stated job accountabilities. In addition, this position is responsible for coordinating with Traffic personnel the timely receipt of bills of lading and other documentation issued by various docks used in the preparation of invoices and/or end of the month freight estimates. This position is responsible for follow up of all past due customer invoices including verbal and written correspondence with them.

This position is also responsible for the preparation of various Excel worksheets and accounting processes such as account reconciliations and recording of transactions to the general ledger.

Accordingly, this position has a substantial impact on the accuracy of financial statements each month.

What is required of you?

* Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting

* Knowledge of GAAP, SOX

* Proficient in Excel, Word, and other computerized accounting software. SAP experience is preferred

What are we looking for?

* Composure

* Decision Quality

* Customer Focus

* Listening

* Planning & Organizing

* Problem Solving

* Time Management

Other things to note:

* Capable of visiting the ASC Warehouses in Toledo, Ohio and Duluth, Minnesota, along with ports in the United States and Canada where ASC ships are located.

* Visits to Company vessels is strongly encouraged and will require travel to docks and customer facilities in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.

* Capable of physical agility necessary to climb steep ladders on the sides of ships and narrow stairwells inside the ships.

* Must be eligible to enter Canada.

GATX embraces diversity and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

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