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Accountant-Financial Reporting

Job ID 265618640 Date posted 05/30/2020
Location : Cleveland, OH
JobCode : 3145
Position Type : Salary

Description :
This position will be responsible for assisting in the coordination and timely filing of the Company’s SEC reports, including the quarterly 10-Q and annual 10-K filings.  The person will assist as a liaison between Corporate Accounting, our business operating units, other corporate departments and internal and external legal counsel. Responsibilities include coordinating, preparing and supporting financial information and disclosures for the Company’s financial reports and SEC filings.  In addition, this position is responsible for interpreting new and existing GAAP and SEC guidelines, coordinating the information with the business operating units and other corporate departments and maintaining open, active lines of communication with management, operating units, other corporate departments and legal counsel. 

Other responsibilities of this position will include gathering, preparing, reporting, and analyzing the monthly financial results of the Company and its business units, maintaining a working knowledge of accounting standards, providing summarized financial information to management and working on other special projects on an as needed basis.

Specific Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • Coordinates and consolidates accurate and consistent information for inclusion in the Company’s internal and external reported financial information.
  • Assists in drafting financial statements and related disclosures including footnotes and management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for inclusion in Company SEC Form 10-K and 10-Q filings.
  • Completes financial reporting and disclosure checklists, as required for financial reports and SEC filings.
  • Compiles and organizes documentation from Corporate Accounting, business operating units and other corporate departments to support the related financial statement disclosures.
  • Applies knowledge of new and existing GAAP and SEC guidelines as well as Company procedures.
  • Analyzes financial reports and records, making recommendations as appropriate relative to the reported data.
  • Reviews and verifies the accuracy, completeness and consistency of reported data.
  • Provides assistance to business operating unit accounting personnel and Cleveland Office personnel regarding accounting and financial reporting matters.
  • Prepares quarterly and year-end audit schedules in support of Company’s annual audit.
  • Interact with officers, department heads, public accountants, actuaries, insurance providers, internal and external legal counsel and other service providers as appropriate.
  • Prepares required quarterly/annual governmental census reporting. 
  • Prepares and coordinates the required benefit plan audits.
  • Prepares monthly allocation of medical costs to business units.

Education/Experience Requirements


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.


  • 1-4 years of public accounting and/or private industry experience with knowledge of accounting, finance and internal control areas.  
  • Financial reporting analysts must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to summarize and present complex financial data in an organized, concise manner.
  • Detail-oriented and knowledge of accounting procedures and financial reporting practices.
  • CPA or equivalent certification preferred.


Core Business Skills:

  • Business Acumen- Asks questions that take into consideration the immediate and far-reaching impact of decisions and demonstrates an ability to make connections between performance and results.
  • Continuous Improvement Skill Set- Demonstrates personal commitment to continuous improvement.  Uses fact-based reasoning.  Pays attention to process, looks for ways to improve quality, efficiency and/or effectiveness.  Questions “the way things have always been done.”  Takes action to improve existing conditions, processes and results. 
  • Job Knowledge- understand theories, principles, procedures, systems, and techniques in the accounting field.  Has satisfactory level of technical and professional knowledge in generally accepted accounting principles.  Applies the knowledge and skills needed to do the job, including technical competence in one’s own field and familiarity with policies and practices of the broader function, the organization, and the industry.  Demonstrates the ability to learn new material and uses it to enhance job-related skills.
  • Written Communication – able to express ideas clearly in documents that have organization, structure, grammar, language and terminology adjusted to the characteristics and needs of the audience.
  • Oral Communication – able to express ideas effectively in individual and group situations (including non-verbal communication); adjusts language and terminology to the characteristics and needs of the audience.  Openly shares appropriate information with other members of the organization.
  • Motivation and Commitment – establishes and holds self accountable to high performance standards.  Works hard to attain those standards, takes initiative, and demonstrates commitment to the organization.
  • Personal Adaptability – responds appropriately and confidently to the demands of work challenges when confronted with changes, ambiguity, adversity, or other pressures.
  • Confidentiality – maintains subject matter confidentiality on the nature of Company expenses and expenditures.
  • Technical Skills – proficient in the use of PC applications (word, excel, powerpoint) and a functional ability with ERP applications (Ellipse, Hyperion).
  • Research Skills – ability to research accounting and disclosure issues; capable of analyzing effects of new accounting/reporting pronouncements on the Company. 
  • Decision-Making Skills - identifies problems and recognizes symptoms, root causes, and alternative solutions.  Makes timely, sound decisions even under conditions of risk and uncertainty.
  • Planning Skills - sets goals, develops strategies and schedules to meet those goals, and anticipates obstacles and alternative strategies.  Assigns responsibilities, allocates resources, and coordinates activities of others to meet objectives efficiently and effectively.
  • Analytical Ability/Perceptiveness - learns new material quickly.  Understands abstract concepts.  Recognizes subtle interrelationships and handles complexity.
  • Administrative Skills - structures the activities of others; coordinates the use of resources in a way that meets objectives as well as maximizes productivity and efficiency.  Holds self and others accountable to high performance and/or work-time standards.

    Working with People:
  • Integrity- Is timely and responsive to requests and commitments.  Transparent in motives.  Reports policy violations.
  • Trust, Respect, and Open Communications- Treat fellow employees with respect; willing to speak up with relevant information and works hard at listening to other points of view.  Does not over-generalize, avoids destructive labeling, aware of own intentions and bias and does not attack the self-esteem of others.
  • Recognize and Reward Achievement- Takes the time to thank co-workers and peers for helping out in their work areas.  Helps train others on tasks or job assignments.  Expresses appreciation for the good work done by others.
  • Teamwork/Work Relationships – interacts with others in ways that enhance understanding and respect.  Shows awareness of, and consideration for, the opinions and feelings of others; develops and maintains smooth, cooperative relationships with co-workers, superiors and external contacts/entities

    Making a Difference:

  • Bias for Action- Completes normal tasks without prompting.  Takes initiative to “do more than normally required.”
  • Group and Individual Accountability- Lives by company values.  Measures own results.  Understands and works to meet their goals and expectations.  When part of a team, makes sure expectations and time-lines are clear for themselves and others. 
  • Group and Individual Accountability- Lives by company values.  Measures own results.  Understands and works to meet their goals and expectations.  When part of a team, makes sure expectations and time-lines are clear for themselves and others. 
  • Customer Focus- Values importance of providing high-quality customer service.  Recognizes a customer is anyone to whom there is a responsibility to help succeed.  Strives to meet expectations of internal and/or external customers.  Establishes relationships with stakeholders and welcomes firsthand stakeholder information.
  • Creating Economic Value- Follows appropriate steps in the performance of tasks ensuring that the job is completed as required and available resources are used efficiently and effectively.  Identifies and recommends areas of improvement and/or waste elimination within assigned tasks. 
  • Environmental Stewardship- Complies with individual site and local environmental policies, procedures and laws.  Participates in developing ideas that addresses potential impacts.
  • Safe Production- Understands general safety policies and procedures and demonstrates personal safety and cheerleads safety in the workplace.
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically- Identifies similarities between a past situation and a current one in making decisions.  Interprets trends or events to anticipate future direction.  Plans ahead.
  • Change and Adaptability- Willingly changes direction in response to changing priorities.  Searches for new and better ways to get results.  Remains productive during periods of uncertainty and change.

Who We Are

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota.

By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency.

Ready to seek your newest professional adventure? Explore our range of opportunities and join us at Cliffs.

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Employment Opportunities

Cleveland-Cliffs offers opportunities for high-performing individuals in a myriad of technical and professional disciplines. Whether in the field or office, Cliffs fosters an environment that empowers our employees to achieve their highest potential. Regardless of the location, employees will be presented with a challenging and rewarding environment. A competitive compensation package, opportunities for advancement and work-life balance all lead to a positive, passionate career at Cleveland-Cliffs.

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