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Guardian Life Accountant – Individual Markets, Product Finance in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The accountant position will perform Individual Markets Product Finance NRO daily functions to achieve the department’s objectives. The positions are responsible for the integrity of financial data recording, reporting, and controlling accounting information relating to the Individual Markets Business and impact several companies within the parent company Guardian: Guardian, Guardian Insurance and Annuity Corporation (GIAC), Guardian Life Insurance Company (GLIC), Berkshire Life Insurance Company (BLIC).

You will

  • Compile daily administration system processing, ensuring timely and accurate transaction processing.

  • Complete financial analysis and coordinate information flow to comply with the corporate monthly/quarterly/yearend financial account close schedule.

  • Prepare/Review the monthly/quarterly account reconciliations to ensure appropriateness and supportability of general ledger balances to support attestation to senior management.

  • Test new products and administration systems within timeline established by senior management. Perform user acceptance testing of these product/system enhancements.

  • Successful product/system implementations that achieve corporate strategic goals.

  • Prepare documentation and provide assistance for MAR, internal and external auditors (SEC, NASD, Delaware State, New York State, and Independent Auditors) for annual financial statement audits.

  • Collaborate - Partner with the business operations group, reporting group and Corporate Financial Management and Control.

  • Establish and maintain in-depth understanding of Whole Life, Term, and Disability products.

  • Independently achieve and maintain systems expertise to ensure accurate conversion and/or coordination among new, enhanced, or emerging systems technology.

  • Analyze relationships among several components of a problem, identifies causal links and applies a solution independently. Anticipates problems and proposes preventive measures. Analyzes trends and identifies causes. Alerts management and implements solutions within authorized limits.

You have

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting preferred.

Experience

  • 1-3 years of related accounting experience in the insurance industry preferred.

  • Strong working knowledge of PC software (MS Office)

  • Proficiency in Oracle General Ledger a plus

Knowledge

  • Understanding of Life insurance, products a plus

  • Demonstrate knowledge of financial analysis techniques

Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills both internally and with external parties

  • Ability to identify inefficient/ineffective processes and develop solutions

  • Demonstrate ability to make financially significant decisions using sound judgment

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to adapt to changing business priorities and environments

Reporting Relationships

  • As an Accountant, you will report to our Product Accounting Supervisor, who reports to our Product Accounting Manager.

Location

Hybrid: 2 days in office, 3 days WFH at any Guardian office location in Bethlehem, PA; Hudson Yards, NYC; Holmdel, NJ; Stamford, CT; or Pittsfield MA.

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Salary Range

$56,680.00 - $85,015.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Our Promise

At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits

  • Dental plan

  • Vision plan

  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts

  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage

  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable

  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)

  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement

  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days

  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health

  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement

  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons

  • Adoption assistance

  • College planning

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Student loan assistance

  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Accommodations

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Guardian also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants (and employees) to accommodate the individual's known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact applicant_accommodation@glic.com .

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