Employment Opportunities

At Cerini & Associates, LLP we offer a different perspective on public accounting. We understand that work is one aspect of your life, and not the only part of it. We strive for:

  • A challenging work environment at a fast-paced, growth-oriented firm with opportunities for advancement and eventual partnership.
  • An understanding management team that works with you to achieve a positive work/life balance.
  • An environment where individuality is encouraged and where your opinions are sought-after, not silenced.

If you would like to work for a unique firm, one that considers you first, please read more about the positions:

Lead Audit Administrator:

**Full-time position available.**

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Lead Audit Administrator will serve a role in supporting the Audit Department, providing a high level of service, quality, and responsibility.

  • Process and finalize the financial statement reports and prepare for distribution;
  • Mail, scan, follow up and track all Audit Confirmations;
  • Prepare and track audit engagement letters;
  • Review final collated 990 packages;
  • Adhere to standard checklist for final check on financial statement reports;
  • Correct, format and bound all copies of financials;
  • High client contact; excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Greet guests and ensure the front desk is neat, presentable, and equipped with all necessary supplies;
  • Answer and redirect phone calls to the appropriate person/department;
  • Scan & index all documents to ProSystems fx Engagement;
  • Overseeing office supplies, mail and deliveries;
  • Track and order office equipment and supplies.

The Lead Audit Administrator will focus his/her efforts on supporting and aiding the Audit Department in day to day obligations. The Lead Audit Administrator needs to have a strong understanding of the Audit Department Procedures.

MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION

The Lead Audit Administrator will generally report directly to the Audit Partner with strong direction from the Audit Staff. The Lead Audit Administrator will be given direction as to the projected length of time that certain projects, tasks, and engagements should take, and is expected to actively keep the Office Manager and the Audit Department aware of the task status on a regular basis.

TEAMWORK

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

The Lead Audit Administrator is expected to maintain a positive and respectful attitude in communicating with clients and colleagues. The Lead Audit Administrator is expected to eagerly accept new responsibilities, particularly in areas unfamiliar to him/her, and inquire of the Audit staff for additional tasks and work, as time allows. The Lead Audit Administrator is expected to complete his/her own work as provided by the Audit Department.

DEVELOPMENT

The Lead Audit Administrator is expected to display a growing interest in the firm’s development and continued success by ensuring a quality work product and excellent client service and department support. The Lead Audit Administrator is expected to attend firm-sponsored functions and events, as well as relevant client-sponsored functions and events. The Lead Audit Administrator is expected participate in firm marketing activities.

To apply, please send your resume to Stacie Rennecker, Lead Tax Administrator.

Claims Auditor:

**Currently Hiring.**

The Claims Auditor will serve a role in supporting the Internal Audit Department, providing a high level of service, quality, and responsibility, including (but not limited to):

  • Reviewing all payments (aka claims) for clients for validity based on supporting documentation as is required by law for School Districts;
  • Scanning and indexing all claims documents;
  • Drafting reports;
  • Maintaining strong client communications;
  • Assisting in mailing, scanning, and following up of External Audit confirmations;
  • Assisting with preparing nonprofit information returns (IRS Form 990 and New York State CHAR500);
  • Mailing, filing, and faxing of documents;

Training will be provided in performing claims audits, school district accounting, various auditing techniques, as well as, all administrative responsibilities.

This position requires proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Power Point. The position requires the ability to travel to various school districts across Long Island. Punctuality and professionalism are essential as you will be working at the school district site and interfacing with various school district business personnel.

Contact Stacie Rennecker, Lead Tax Administrator for more information.

Staff Accountant/Semi-Senior:

**Currently hiring in the Education Department. Experience preferred but not necessary.**

This is an interesting and challenging position, incorporating both the completion of audits as well as consulting engagements. The Staff Accountant will be involved in the following:

Consulting Services:

  • Working with special education providers to prepare cost reports, review spending patterns, assist in ensuring costs are properly being recorded, and filing appeals/waivers with the NY State Education Department;
  • Helping clients through government audits;
  • Footing financial statements and other financial reports;
  • Functioning as outsourced accountants/controllers helping them to maximize profitability, advising on systems, providing financial analysis, preparing cash flows and budgeting, and helping them prepare for external audits;
  • Involvement in fraud investigations and other forensic analysis; and
  • Other projects that may arise from time to time.

Assurance Services:

The staff accountant 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):

  • Internal controls testing and random sample generation for internal and external audit engagements;
  • Performing substantive external audit procedures;
  • Assistance with the preparation of reports and tax filings (nonprofit)
  • Preparing management letter comments and adjustments within the audit areas tested;
  • Promptly replying to, and satisfactorily clearing, review notes; and
  • Auditing Consolidated Fiscal Reports (CFRs).

We are looking for an individual that is looking to grow with the Firm and take on additional responsibility as they develop and learn. 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.

Senior Auditor:

**Currently hiring, experience required.**

The Senior Auditor will function as the in-charge Auditor for most engagements that he/she serves on, and will be ultimately responsible for all services performed for in-charge engagements. The Senior Auditor will be expected to be capable of performing essentially all audit and related procedures, including (but not limited to):

  • Serving as the in-charge Auditor for any type of engagement, with an emphasis on non-profit entities;
  • Serve as an Auditor for high-risk, time-consuming engagements beneath a Supervisor or higher;
  • Serving as the primary client liaison for all in-charge engagements;
  • Scheduling in-charge engagements in a punctual and orderly fashion;
  • Managing lower-level staff members on essentially all engagements, including (but not limited to):
    • overseeing and reviewing their work;
    • providing feedback as to their performance and areas for improvement;
    • educating them on accounting and accounting concepts that they are not familiar with;
    • and properly delegating appropriate levels of work based on their abilities and workloads.
  • Developing testing strategies during the planning phase of in-charge engagements and completing planning documentation according to firm standards, GAAS, and best practices;
  • Ensuring effective planning meetings take place before the start of each engagement;
  • Completing internal controls documentation, risk assessment, testing and random sample generation for internal and external audit engagements;
  • Performing substantive external audit procedures in moderate and high-risk audit areas, generally accounts receivable, revenue, debt, net assets, and other areas;
  • Conducting end of audit exit conferences with management for all in-charge engagements prior to leaving the field;
  • Handling the reporting phases of engagements, including completing reporting documentation according to firm standards, GAAS, and best practices;
  • Preparing financial statements and other financial reports for essentially all engagements on which he/she serves;
  • Preparing management letters for essentially all engagements on which he/she serves;
  • Promptly replying to, and satisfactorily clearing, review notes on work performed, including those for financial statements, management letters, and other financial reports, as applicable;
  • Communicating with clients with regards to financial statements, management letters, SAS 114 letters, Board reports/presentations, and other financial reports for essentially all engagements on which he/she serves in an effort to have final reports issues within firm-standard timeframes; and
  • Reviewing nonprofit information returns (IRS Form 990 and New York State CHAR500).

As this position requires relevant experience, it is expected that the Senior Auditor will focus his/her efforts on gaining on-the-job experience, attending educational seminars (both internally and externally), asking relevant questions of supervisory staff (supervisors, manager, and partners) and displaying an overall desire to learn and grow professionally. Progression throughout the Senior Auditor’s tenure should be evident in terms of work product clarity, efficiency, staff and time management, and understanding.

Internships:

**Currently hiring Audit Intern**

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.

 

Marketing Internship:

**Currently hiring part-time**

Cerini & Associates is interested in a motivated writer to help the firm produce marketing materials for its various social and traditional media outlets. This writer would be tasked with creating blog posts, newsletter articles, outreach letters, and other forms of communications under the supervision of the management team of the firm.

Also provides support as necessary in these essential functions:

  • Write daily social media posts. Update our website with recent articles, newsletters, events, etc.
  • Assists with marketing activities and designs company marketing materials to promote client seminars, employee functions and other special events.
  • Assists in maintaining client, prospect, and other marketing-related databases.
  • Administrative coverage and support for Lead Tax Administrator and Lead Audit Administrator – including answering the phones, coverage at the front desk to greet clients, visitors, accept deliveries, etc.
  • Supporting Lead Audit Administrator in handling audit confirmations, processing financial statements and scanning of documents into the paperless engagement system.
  • Supporting Lead Tax Administrator in processing tax returns and various documents, scanning into the paperless engagement system, preparing documentation for mailing.

Please send your resume to Lula Lukasiewicz, Senior Marketer at lulal@cerinicpa.com.

Staff Tax Accountant:

**Not Currently Hiring.**

The Staff I Tax Accountant will serve as an integral part of tax-related engagements by performing tax preparation and related procedures commensurate with level of experience, including (but not limited to):

  • Responsible for in-house bookkeeping;
  • Entering cash transactions;
  • Reconciling bank and other financial accounts in a timely matter;
  • May be called upon to do bookkeeping services on-site which include cash reconciliations;
  • Preparation of quarterly payroll tax returns, W-3/W-2 package and Form 1099’s;
  • Responsible for the collection of information and the timely and accurate preparation of sales tax returns;
  • Coordinate workpapers to assist in the preparation of corporate & Partnership returns;
  • May prepare low level returns;
  • Import trial balance in Prosystems;
  • Assist in the preparation of compiled financial statements; and
  • Preparation of basic returns.

As this position generally requires a relatively low level of relevant experience, it is expected that the Staff I Tax Accountant 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 I Tax Accountant’s tenure should be evident in terms of work product clarity, efficiency, and understanding. It is typically expected for a Staff I Tax Accountant to progress to the position of Staff II Tax Accountant 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 Staff I Tax Accountant or above require the possession of at least a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION

The Staff I Tax Accountant will generally report directly to the Manager in charge of each engagement that he/she is assigned to. The Staff I Tax Accountant 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 Manager aware of the Staff I Tax Accountants task status on a regular basis. Similarly, the Staff I Tax Accountant is expected to inform relevant staff members when further education is necessary, or when formal training should be sought. The Staff I Tax Accountant can reasonably expect to spend at least half of his/her time at client locations. The Staff I Tax Accountant 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 Staff I Tax Accountant will take part in twenty to twenty-five client engagements, excluding busy season.

TEAMWORK

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

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

DEVELOPMENT/CLIENT RELATIONS

The Staff I Tax Accountant 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 Staff I Tax Accountant is expected to begin developing long-term, professional relationships with assigned clients. The Staff I Tax Accountant is expected to consider each client’s operations for the tax areas he/she is responsible for, and to begin making recommendations on how to improve systems and operations. The Staff I Tax Accountant 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.

Contact Stacie Rennecker, Lead Tax Administrator for more information.

Executives/Management:

**Not Currently Hiring.**

Whether you’re looking for a new career opportunity or transitioning, C&A offers you a variety of ways to develop your career.
Ideal candidates for accounting and consulting jobs will be able to demonstrate the ability to think creatively, train staff members, manage a fast-paced workload, and provide excellent client service.

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 working remotely or learning about our unique approach to client work, we pride ourselves on our innovative and supportive firm culture.

Mentor Program:

The C&A Mentor Program is designed to align the goals of the firm with the goals of the individual, while developing and strengthening competencies, enhancing job performance, and fostering career progression with the intent of achieving these goals. The program helps both mentors and mentees through:

  • Gaining insight and exposure to other levels/areas of service within the company;
  • Obtaining and delivering helpful and meaningful advice on career progression, outside of the formal performance reviews, in an objective environment;
  • Receiving and delivering feedback on firm policies and structure; and
  • Identifying skills needed for advancement.

Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Discretionary Bonus Program
  • CPA Bonus
  • Client Referral Bonus
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Paid Personal Time Off
  • Career Development Program
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan with Matching Contribution
  • Continuing Education Assistance

**We are currently not hiring Executives/Management, however if you send us your resume we will consider it when positions become available. Contact Stacie Rennecker, Lead Tax Administrator for more information.**