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  • 315 North Cedar Bluff Road
    Knoxville, TN 37923
  • Martha Pate

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Senior Accountant

Pugh CPAs • Knoxville, TN

Posted 20 days ago

Job Snapshot

Travel - Up to 25%
Experience - At least 2 year(s)
Degree - 4 Year Degree
Accounting - Finance

Job Description

Knoxville, Tennessee was ranked by U.S. News as one of the top 100 best places to live in the United States based on quality of life and the job market. Pugh CPAs is located in Knoxville and has openings for Audit Seniors, and Audit & Advisory Managers. We offer a dynamic opportunity for professional development and training that will lead to ownership of your personal career goals. See our website at:

The Senior Accountant for the Audit, Accounting and Advisory Services Department acts as the fieldwork in-charge on accounting/auditing engagements; responsibilities include the day-to-day conduct of the work. Depending on the size of the engagement, the Senior Accountant may assume a greater leadership role by assisting the management team throughout the engagement. 



Develops and maintains on-going relationships and contact with clients; possesses a knowledge of the client and the client’s business. Is responsible for decision-making for the day-to-day conduct of engagements:

-Coordinates and leads all phases of the engagement process through to completion; works under supervision of Manager or Officer, including scheduling of planning meetings and fieldwork, discussions with appropriate client and Firm leadership to understand client's current business activity, design of test work procedures, audit program preparation, review of business agreements, etc.

-Supervises and reviews work of Staff Accountants.

-Communicates unusual or significant accounting/auditing questions or engagement matters to the attention of the Manager or Officer. Also, informs Firm leadership and documents the status of the engagement – keeping appropriate Officer or Manager informed of all important developments.

-Prepares client-centered correspondence for review by Manager; demonstrates effective project management skills, inspires teamwork and responsibility with engagement team members and uses current technology and tools to enhance the effectiveness of deliverables and service.


Assigns work to staff based on their knowledge and capabilities; provides supervision, mentoring and on-the-job training to team members assigned to engagements. Assists with training of team members, offers guidance and direction, and provides constructive criticism of work papers.


Develops and expands external referral networks; supports firm leadership in business development   efforts. Ability to recognize business problems and expanded service opportunities with existing clients. Develops and enhance sales, writing, communication, inter-personal and other human relation skills.


Possesses an understanding of the economics of the A&A business and its relation to the firm; supports software applications, departmental goals, policies and guidelines. Participates in other administrative activities as requested by the Firm leadership.

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting preferred and/or, the completion of educational requirements to sit for CPA exam; possess or actively pursuing CPA license.


Typically, minimum 2 years professional experience in public accounting (leadership-oriented and in pursuit of managerial career path) with strong functional knowledge in all areas, demonstrating a progression in the complexity and scope of engagements


Strong computer proficiency, accounting and audit software programs

Strong written and verbal communication skills Successful problem -solving and analytical skills

Ability to perform in highly interruptive conditions

Ability to train and supervise staff in accounting, auditing and software skills in client, office and classroom settings

Ability to understand and document accounting systems Project management ability

Ability to perform under time-pressures and meet deadlines

Ability to effectively identify engagement situations that may involve controversy and influence others to resolution


Professional behavior and demeanor

Proactive, ability and desire to be a coach and a leader

Customer and community-oriented; ability to develop business relationships

Strong work ethic, honest and ethical

Proactive resourceful and customer oriented


Ability to sit and use computers for extended periods of time

Ability to travel by air and car

Ability to carry/transport briefcase, computers bags, etc., weighing approximately 20 lbs., etc.

Ability to provide own transportation for regular travel (local and regional) to client assignments and for personal development programs

Infrequent out-of-town travel with overnight stay for meetings, seminars and client engagements (up to 10-15%)

Overtime work required periodically throughout year as needed.

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