Entry Level Positions & Internship Program

Claims Auditor:

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Claims Auditor will serve as an integral part of assurance-related engagements by performing claims audit procedures including:

  • Performing internal claims audit procedures in accordance with New York Education Law for school districts as well as general municipal law;
  • Assisting with scheduling such audits;
  • Reviewing all of the school district’s accounts payables as per specified test criteria;
  • Refer to copies of the external auditor’s management letter for the past year;
  • Obtain, read and refer to copies of the District’s current Board policies relative to District procurement and disbursements (purchasing, petty cash, travel, meals, etc.);
  • Frequently contacting clients for relevant information;
  • Identifying and documenting test exceptions;
  • Preparing reports; and
  • Promptly replying to, and satisfactorily clearing, review notes.

As this position generally requires a relatively low level of relevant experience, it is expected that the Claims Auditor will focus his/her efforts on gaining on-the-job experience, attending educational seminars (both internally and externally), and displaying an overall desire to learn and grow professionally. Progression throughout the Claims Auditor’s tenure should be evident in terms of work product clarity, efficiency, and understanding. It is typically expected for a Claims Auditor to progress to the position of Staff I Auditor within twelve full-time months; however, such promotion is subject to management’s discretion. Further, it is required that any staff position at the level of Claims Auditor or above require the possession of at least a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION

The Claims Auditor will generally report directly to the Auditor in charge of each engagement that he/she is assigned to. The Claims Auditor will be given direction as to the projected length of time that certain projects and tasks should take, and is expected to actively keep his/her direct in-charge Auditor aware of the Claims Auditor’s task status on a regular basis. Similarly, the Claims Auditor is expected to inform relevant staff members when further education is necessary, or when formal training should be sought. The Claims Auditor can reasonably expect to spend at least half of his/her time at client locations. The Claims Auditor should develop an understanding of the various software packages utilized by Cerini & Associates within his/her first three months of employment, based on internal and external training sessions and ongoing experience. Over the course of his/her tenure, it is anticipated that the Claims Auditor will take part in twenty to twenty-five client engagements.

TEAMWORK

The Claims Auditor is expected to always project a positive image (in terms of attitude, appearance, and professionalism) of him/herself and Cerini & Associates.

The Claims Auditor is expected to maintain a positive and respectful attitude in communicating with clients and colleagues. The Claims Auditor is expected to eagerly accept new responsibilities and inquire of higher level staff for additional tasks and work, as time allows. The Claims Auditor is expected to complete his/her own work as provided by the in-charge Auditor.

DEVELOPMENT/CLIENT RELATIONS

The Claims Auditor is expected to display a general interest in the firm’s development and continued success by ensuring a quality work product and excellent client service. The Claims Auditor is expected to begin developing long-term, professional relationships with assigned clients. The Claims Auditor is expected to consider each client’s operations for the audit areas he/she is responsible for, and to begin making recommendations on how to improve systems and operations. The Claims Auditor is expected to attend firm-sponsored functions and events, and to participate in some form of lower-level marketing activities that do not demand a significant amount of technical knowledge and experience.

Staff Auditor:

**Currently not hiring**

The Staff Auditor will serve as an integral part of assurance-related engagements by performing audit and related procedures commensurate with level of experience, including (but not limited to):

  • Frequently contacting clients for relevant information;
  • Updating confirmations and communicating with clients to get them prepared, signed, and mailed punctually;
  • Internal controls testing and random sample generation for internal and external audit engagements;
  • Performing substantive external audit procedures in low-risk audit areas, generally cash, fixed assets, accounts payable, and expenses, among other areas;
  • Footing financial statements and other financial reports;
  • Preparing management letter comments for audit areas tested;
  • Promptly replying to, and satisfactorily clearing, review notes;
  • Performing internal claims audit procedures in accordance with New York Education Law for school district and other clients; and
  • Preparing nonprofit information returns (IRS Form 990 and New York State CHAR500).

 

As this position generally requires a relatively low level of relevant experience, it is expected that the Staff  Auditor will focus his/her efforts on gaining on-the-job experience, attending educational seminars (both internally and externally), and displaying an overall desire to learn and grow professionally. Progression throughout the Staff Auditor’s tenure should be evident in terms of work product clarity, efficiency, and understanding.

Contact Stacie Rennecker, Lead Tax Administrator for more information.

 

Internships:

The Internship Program at Cerini & Associates is designed for college students who are in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of their five-year accounting degree. We offer a friendly, exciting, professional work environment located in Western Suffolk County. We were founded and built by former Big 4 professionals and we are focused on providing the highest quality services in a casual firm environment. Our employees are from a diverse background and are encouraged to share their experiences with one another. Our program provides students with the opportunity to have an experience with a rapidly growing firm with increasing career opportunities.

We have a challenging internship program which provides an overview of all areas of our firm. Responsibilities will typically include:

    • Internal Controls Testing
    • Financial Statement Preparation
    • Tax Return Preparation
    • Internal Audit Procedures
    • Healthcare Consulting
    • Special Marketing Projects
    • Compilations and Reviews
    • Audit and Tax Correspondence
    • Accounting and Tax Research

We work in a “paperless” environment, using advanced accounting and tax software, which encourages our professionals to work intelligently.

Interns will be provided training sessions geared towards their responsibilities, the accounting profession, and industry-specific topics.

As an intern, you will be working with all members of the firm and you will be provided with timely and relevant feedback from senior members of the firm.

Interns are provided with a mentor (someone who has graduated within the past two years) and are encouraged to work with this person as an ongoing resource throughout their internships and beyond.

We believe that our success is directly attributed to our belief in a real work/life balance.

Our goal is to encourage and build the next generation of accounting professionals.

      • Real-world experience. At C&A, you won’t only be sitting in a cubicle throughout your internship; you’ll be in the field with staff members, learning and engaging with our clients. You’ll be provided training sessions geared toward your responsibilities, the accounting profession, and industry-specific topics.
      • Camaraderie. You will be provided with a mentor—someone who has graduated recently—and will be encouraged to work with this individual as an ongoing resource during and after your internship.
      • Diversity. Our interns typically work on an array of projects, including tax return preparation; financial statement preparation; internal controls testing; marketing projects; research, and more. Stapling and Solitaire are not part of your job.
      • Fun. Annually, C&A hosts the Intern Olympics, a series of games that will make you laugh, challenge you, and help introduce you to our firm, our staff, and what we’re all about.

Why C&A:

      • Experienced: Located in Bohemia, NY, C&A operates with a staff of nearly 50. Operating with a “Big 4” mentality, our Partners and many of our staff members have worked at one of the Big 4, with over 50% of our staff coming from large-tier firms.
      • Flexible: Our staff members enjoy dress down-Fridays, casual summers, remote access, flex-scheduling, and more.
      • Different: Whether you’re sitting in the office designed as a dungeon, or learning about our unique approach to client work, we pride ourselves on our innovative and supportive firm culture.

Intern Olympics:

Each year C&A hosts its very own Olympic games. Interns and new staff will have the opportunity to team up with other staff members for fun filled games ranging from trivia (C&A style) to chair racing. It’s a great way to get to know everyone and learn more about the firm!

Download our Internship Overview here.

Contact Stacie Rennecker, Lead Tax Administrator for more information.