(Name of Hiring Manager, Title)
(Name of Company)
(City, State, Zip)
Dear (Mr. or Ms.) (Last Name),
Good day. I am writing to you today because I was referred by our mutual colleague John Smith. He informed me that your operation will soon be expanding to my area and you will be looking for an Accounting Manager. I would like to express my interest in that opening and communicate some of my qualifications.
As a Certified Public Accountant, I offer a track record of achievements in adopting strong financial controls, driving continuous improvements, optimizing financial results, and ensuring compliance to all applicable industry regulations. I provide expert oversight to general ledger, reporting, analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and tax functions for companies that range in size from mid-level businesses to large, international operations. Examples of my work include:
- Managed monthly and yearly close activities for six US entities of a global parent company based in Germany; directed team members in reviewing journal entries, balance sheet account reconciliations, bad debt reserve, payroll, supplier accruals, and trial balance in order to ensure completeness and accuracy.
- Headed post-acquisition integration of multiple legacy applications, systems, and tools, including transitioning general ledger, inventory modules, and charts of accounts into new proprietary systems.
- Worked with internal and external auditors to oversee the preparation and execution of annual audits, providing all documentation and data needed; addressed any issues found quickly and effectively to avoid penalties/fines.
- Proved instrumental in SOX 404 implementation and prepared quarterly SEC Form 10Q and Form 8K filings.
In addition to these achievements, I have managed several teams of cross-functional accounting professionals throughout my career. Therefore, I am highly skilled in hiring, on-boarding, training, and mentoring department employees and believe I am an ideal candidate for your expanding operation. I have included my resume for your consideration and would like to meet with you to discuss this opening. I will make myself available at your convenience and look forward to your call.