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Accounting Supervisor Key Qualities

Author: Moe Harrison /Wednesday, June 01, 2016/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Employers, SNI Certes, For Employers, Accounting Now

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In most organizations accountants work in teams, often segmented by key functions or areas of specialization. While all accountants share a passion for accuracy, efficiency, and process – not all accountants make good supervisors.

At SNI Companies we have placed Accounting Supervisors in a wide variety of industries, and most agree that making the change from staff accountant to supervisor requires building and showcasing these key attributes:

People Skills

Serving as an Accounting Supervisor is more about people than it is about accounting. Knowing how to motivate them, listen to them, and communicate with them is essential. Your success depends on the success of your team and the ability to work effectively with them. Sometimes this means helping them improve their performance by removing barriers to their success, coaching to enhance skills, or holding them accountable when they don’t perform.

Listening Skills

Accounting Supervision involves a good deal of listening. You need to accurately listen to your internal clients, the CFO, business unit leaders, and really anyone else who needs services or reports from your team. It also means developing the skill of listening to both what is said and what is implied. This means listening for tone and other indicators which provide insights to someone’s perceptions and satisfaction.

Communication Skills

Good communication skills are essential to an accounting supervisor. You must be able to present complex financial information in a way that their team and their non-financial colleagues understand. You also have to make communicating with your team a priority to ensure that you share information, expectations, and knowledge which supports optimal success.

If you are an accountant who enjoys working with teams, are a skilled listener, and have solid communication skills - accounting supervision might be the right step for you.

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Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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