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Client Accounting Director



Accounting & Finance
Arkansas, USA · Leawood, KS, USA · Kansas, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023

About Ascend

Ascend empowers entrepreneurial CPAs to reach their goals with an innovative growth model that brings their firms into the new age. Backed by private equity from people-focused Alpine Investors, Ascend is building a modern platform for regional accounting firms that enables them to stay independent while accessing the resources of a large CPA firm to help them grow. Ascend provides access to growth capital, robust talent acquisition, best-of-breed technology, a catalytic leadership system, shared back-office services, and modernized equity incentives so that firms can surmount today’s industry challenges and reach their full potential. Founded in January 2023, the company attained revenues sufficient to qualify it as a Top 100 U.S. accounting firm within six months of operation. For more information, visit

About Goering & Granatino

Goering & Granatino (G&G) is a Kansas City area professional services firm located in Leawood, Kansas. We provide advisory services, including tax, accounting, part-time CFO, and business formation services.

In October 2023, G&G made the strategic decision to join Ascend - a newly formed tax, accounting, and advisory platform that partners with entrepreneurial CPAs to usher in their next stage of growth. With Ascend’s partnership and shared resources – including technology, training and development – G&G is well positioned for strong innovation and growth in the years to come.

What You’ll Do:

  • Manage and supervise the execution of account services and CFO outsourcing engagements of various clients across numerous industries.
  • Oversee daily transactions, including accounts payable/receivable, general ledger, payroll, and bank reconciliations
  • Participate in regular tax audits and payroll
  • Organize financial data and maintain updated records
  • Track the progress of financial and accounting objectives
  • Review payments processed to ensure compliance with organizational policies, GAAP, state and federal regulations
  • Responsible for all accounting functions, including month-end/year-end close, journal entries, account analysis/reconciliations and consolidations.
  • Prepare and file monthly/quarterly sales tax filings
  • Build and expand relationships with clients and community contacts.
  • Set up new accounts, handle initial aspects of new engagements, and determine what work must be performed on engagements.
  • Develop expectations for analytical analyses based on industry standards and client data.
  • Plan and assign work to team members on the basis of their knowledge and capabilities.
  • Supervise the work through completion, while monitoring team member efficiency.


  • 10+ years' experience in public accounting or consulting
  • 4+ years' experience managing client relationships
  • 4+ years' experience leading a team
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major in Accounting or related field
  • Strong knowledge of QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop
  • Experience with payroll filings and sales tax
  • Strong computer skills, MS Excel in particular (managing spreadsheets, creating charts and using advanced formulas)
  • Solid knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting principles, laws and regulations
  • Excellent analytical skills to manage large amounts of data
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrates an ability to function at a high level in a deadline driven, time-sensitive environment
  • Must be a team player and have great leadership skills
  • Highly organized, able to prioritize tasks, responsive and polished communication skills (verbal and written).