City of Detroit

Systems Accountant IV (Accountant IV)

POSTED DATE 5 days ago(3/13/2018 1:04 PM)
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Payroll Division, Office of the Controller
$73,496 - $96,394


Posting will close on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 5pm.


The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is seeking to fill a Systems Accountant IV position within the Payroll Division of the Office of the Controller. The Systems Accountant IV is an advanced level accounting professional that requires nominal direction and supervision. The Systems Accountant IV performs highly complex payroll related accounting duties which support timely and accurate financial statement reporting, maintains payroll-related accounts and is responsible for the reconciliation and accuracy of multiple accounts within a complex payroll system. The key services provided include, but are not limited to: operating, maintaining, and modifying payroll/accounting systems; using payroll/accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems and structuring of organization programs; preparing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting payroll/accounting data; managing, operating, and analyzing integrated financial management systems in connection with payroll functions, activities and financial operations; and designing, implementing, and assessing internal control processes and systems that directly impact the payroll operations. Systems Accountant IV positions may delegate assignments to subordinate staff engaged in related activities.


The Systems Accountant IV performs a full range of accounting functions including but not limited to:

  • Reviews and develops system specifications and implements both legacy and cloud based information systems, including DRMS, Oracle Cloud, and UltiPro (Payroll);
  • Coordinates with Information Technology Specialists to analyze the payroll system and determine additional reconfigurations in order to streamline and develop business leading practices;
  • Reviews and designs new and changing system and program environments due to new laws, regulations, and standards;
  • Investigates complex inefficiency issues in systems and personnel as it relates to improving business practices and implementing improvement programs;
  • Oversees and maintains databases associated with capturing and manipulating payroll, accounting, financial, and performance data;
  • Defines and streamlines the data gathering process and analyzes and summarizes results in written reports to management;
  • Identifies complex payroll/accounting problems such as inadequate maintenance of fund controls, inaccurate records and reports, improper methods for document control, and lack of documentary evidence to support performance of regulatory reconciliations;
  • Performs multifaceted cost analyses and identifies opportunities where costs may be reduced significantly;
  • Maintains ledger and computer systems required to conduct payroll and financial reporting;
  • Provides experience in using the specific procedures of automated systems to find, review, or change accounting data in transaction files, ledgers, accounts, summary reports, and financial statements;
  • Drafts simple instructions to describe internal payroll/accounting procedures for a procedures manual;
  • Acts as a liaison between accounting staff, financial staff, information systems staff, and other key departmental staff;
  • Assists in the preparation of the Consolidated Annual Financial Report (CAFR); and
  • Serves as an expert or authority in some aspect of payroll/accounting or in the application of payroll/accounting to some mission-related program(s). 

View Job Specification.



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, statistics, or a closely related field. Such education must include at least twenty-four (24) semester (36 terms) credits of coursework in accounting and statistics (21 hours in accounting and 3 hours in statistics).



Four (4) years of professional experience performing or auditing the systematic classification and evaluation of accounting systems and data and the preparation of related financial and managerial reports is required. Systems Accountant IV must demonstrate proficiency with integrated word processing and spreadsheet functions.


License / Certificates

There may be a requirement for some positions to have or be working on achieving a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.



Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Applicants may be required to illustrate proficiency in the use of software packages such as the Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel. Applicants may be required to take written tests or work simulations to illustrate proficiency in other skill sets as may be determined based on the duties and responsibilities to be performed. These written tests might include mathematical skills and writing skills, including grammar and reading comprehension.


Applicants may be subject to background, criminal, and credit checks.


Valid government issued identification will be required at time of hire.


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