Audit Senior Associate

RSM is looking for a dynamic Senior Associate to join our Consumer Products/Industrial Products Assurance team in our Milwaukee office. You will have the opportunity to work as a team member on diverse client engagements as part of our national and local Consumer Products practice. Our clients include local, national and internationally recognized manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers with diverse organizational structures operating in a variety of sectors, including apparel & home furnishings, retail, food & beverage, health & beauty, recreation & fitness, household products, broadcasting, publishing, printing, to name just a few.  For decades, RSM’s assurance professionals have been helping consumer-focused companies improve their performance through the most challenging business cycles.




  • Provide timely, high quality client service that meets or exceeds client expectations including coordinating audits of complex financial statements, related disclosures, and other client deliverables

  • Develop an understanding of the client's business and needs, and become a consumer products industry specialist

  • Understand and utilize RSM’s audit methodology

  • Collaborate with the engagement manager/senior manager on engagement approach and execute on the plan using a risk-based approach

  • Recognize industry-specific and general accounting and auditing issues, including revenue recognition, inventory pricing and LCM, receivable discounts, allowances, incentives and bad debts, current and deferred tax provisions, etc.  Determine appropriate audit approach for such areas

  • Provide insightful feedback on financial statements and prepare other client deliverables such as board communications, deficiency letters, management letters, etc.

  • Supervise associates on engagement teams and function as an in-charge, monitoring and reporting regarding productivity and adherence to work plan and budget

  • Anticipate and address client concerns and escalate issues as they arise

  • Interact with clients to help ensure the information flow from client to audit team and vice versa is efficient

  • Identify and communicate significant accounting and auditing matters to manager/senior manager and partner on engagement

  • Identify performance improvement opportunities for team members

  • Understand client and industry issues, and recognize opportunities for RSM to assist the client in increasing level and types of services

  • Manage time appropriately across multiple projects

  • Keep abreast of industry developments by reading trade publications and other relevant thought leadership

  • Ensure professional development through ongoing education

  • Willingness to travel 25% of the year, depending on your clients




  • BS/BA Degree in Accounting or equivalent degree

  • 2 years of current or recent experience in a public accounting environment

  • Understanding of audit services with knowledge of GAAP, GAAS and FASB regulations

  • CPA Certification or demonstrated progress towards obtaining CPA certification, including required coursework

  • Previous experience auditing consumer products companies


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with SEC clients
  • Experience with acquisitions, including purchase accounting, goodwill, intangible assets, impairment issues, valuations and related assumptions, stock-based compensation and equity

  • Demonstrate experience and ability to act as in-charge on engagements


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