Lithia Motors, Inc.

  • Dealership Accountant III

    Posted Date 2 months ago(8/8/2018 2:53 PM)
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Store Name
    Ames Honda
  • Overview

    Dealership Accountant III/Assistant Office Manager


    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.


    This position reports to the Business Manager or Accounting Manager.

    Job Description



    Area of Responsibility


    • New & Used Retail Car Deals
      • Posting of New & Used Car Deals
      • Submission of Service Contracts
      • Submission of Warranty Contracts


    • Wholesale Sales & Used Car Purchases
      • Recording of wholesale vehicle sales & purchases
      • Recording of used car purchases
      • Request and process lien payoffs


    • Dealership AP/AR
      • Processing of cash receipts
      • Collection of dealership wholesale & retail AR balances
      • Refunds: 8300, Warranty Cancellations
      • Regional check runs*
      • Processing and payment of vendor invoices*


    • General Dealership Accounting
      • 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



    • Meet and exceed individual objectives as defined by supervisor
    • Adhere to schedules and deadlines
    • Thoroughness, accuracy, and timeliness in completing essential duties
    • Meets Dealership Accounting Success Profile
    • Shares Lithia’s Core Values
    • Proven team leader
    • Strong Accounting and Financial Acumen
    • On track for as an Accounting Supervisor, Accounting Manager or Business Manager role
    • Able to cover for an absent Business Manager, up to and including completing a Month End close




    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 



    • High School Diploma (required)
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (required)
    • Auto Industry Experience (preferred)
    • Retail Sales and/or Customer Service (preferred)


    Physical Demands and 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 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).


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