Dealership Accountant III

Southeast Finance Center

Dealership:L0629 Southeast Finance Center

Dealership Accountant III

Dealership Accountant III is a lead position that ensures timely, accurate and consistent recording of dealership transactions.  This is a traditional accounting role that manages transactional posting of dealership activities.  Accounting acumen is required.  High performers will build upon their accounting & financial acumen while also building relationship and influential leadership skills.   This will serve them well on a path to an Accounting Manager Role or if coupled with Automotive and Business acumen on the path to a Business Manager.

The Dealership Accountant III reports to the Business Manager or Accounting Manager.

Position Overview

Area of Responsibility

  • Posting of New & Used Car Deals
  • Submission of Service Contracts
  • Submission of Warranty Contracts
  • Recording of wholesale vehicle sales & purchases
  • Recording of used car purchases
  • Request and process lien payoff
  • Processing of cash receipts
  • Collection of dealership wholesale & retail AR balances
  • Refunds: 8300, Warranty Cancellations
  • Regional check runs*
  • Processing and payment of vendor invoices*
  • FTC, RDR, Rebate & Bank Reconciliations
  • Schedule reviews and maintenance
  • Accounting for manufacturer monies
  • Balance Intercompany
  • Sales Tax*
  • Other duties as assigned
  • *May vary by Platform

Additional Qualifications

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are needed to be successful in this position:

  • A team player who is focused on providing exemplary customer service.
  • A critical thinker and effective time manager.
  • Strong attention to detail and sense of urgency.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Active Listening – give full attention to the words and body language of others, take time to understand the points being made and ask questions as appropriate
  • Positive customer service attitude
  • Empowered self- leader, accepts responsibility and takes initiative to ensure assigned deliverables are met within acceptable timeframes
  • Understands Basic Accounting – familiar with COA, debits and credits
  • Ability to quickly review, research and if necessary resolve variances
  • Entry to mid-level office and computer skills
  • Auto Industry Experience (preferred)
  • Retail Sales and/or Customer Service (preferred)

Proficiency Standards

  • Integrity – Acts ethically, maintaining a commitment to honesty and truth in all facets of behavior that builds the trust of others
  • Work Ethic – Delivers accurate, timely and consistent results while understanding the need to balance short-term sacrifice for long-term gain
  • Team Player – Supports the overall efforts of the team to accomplish departmental and Company goals and objectives
  • Team Builder – Acts as a role model within the department in all facets of assigned job duties, while effectively providing feedback to team members and earning respect as a leader

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Standing, walking over 1/3 of the time, sitting to 2/3 of time, kneeling/crouching to 2/3 of time, reaching with hands and arms to 2/3 of time, talking or hearing over 2/3 of time; move, transport or place up to 1/3 of time up to 25 pounds
  • Working Conditions:  Indoor office environment, considerable use of telephone, computer and other office equipment

Lithia Hiring Requirements

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • 18 years or older
  • Possess an acceptable driving record and valid driver’s license in state of residence
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted prior to beginning employment
  • Clear pre-employment drug screen

NOTE:  This job description applies only to the specific employing entity and location of an individual’s employment. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

We offer best in class industry benefits:

  • Competitive pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Paid Holidays & PTO
  • Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Lithia Learning Center
  • Vehicle Purchase Discounts
  • Wellness Programs

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