Saff Audit Accountant – Portland, Maine

Position Summary

Purdy Powers & Company is a leading accounting, tax and business advisory firm in Portland, Maine dedicated to serving the needs of mid-size companies. Our goal is to help our clients grow to their potential by providing business services that deliver results. We are looking for exceptional candidates who also want to grow to their potential and would like to be part of a fast-paced entrepreneurial accounting firm.

If this describes the kind of firm you would like to join we’d like to hear from you.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with the firm’s policies and procedures

  • Understand the rules, regulations and code of conduct of the AICPA

  • Progress professionally by working towards passing the CPA exam

  • When assigned to financial statement engagements:

    • Become familiar with FASB, GASB and AICPA pronouncements

    • Become proficient at preparing financial statements

    • Obtain exposure on the types of financial statement engagements offered by the firm

    • Assume responsibility for reviews and compilation of financial statement engagements

• When assigned to tax engagements:

    • Become familiar with pertinent IRC sections and regulations

    • Obtain a working knowledge of research techniques and the various research sources available

    • Become proficient in the preparation of corporate, individual, partnership, fiduciary and other tax returns prepared by the firm

    • Assume responsibility for the completion of tax returns under the supervision of more experienced staff

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Accounting majors are encouraged to apply if you are completing your degree by May 2019 and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA

  • Candidates with at least 150 credit hours at graduation are preferred, but not required

  • 1 to 2 years of accounting and tax experience with a public accounting firm is a plus

  • Degree in Accounting or equivalent experience

  • Master’s of Science Degree is a plus

  • CPA license a plus

  • Strong compliance and accounting skills

  • Strong analytical, writing, and organizational skills

  • Solid interpersonal and customer service skills

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet tight deadline in a high-energy environment

  • Leadership ability with a positive team player attitude


Benefits include a highly competitive salary, 401(k) & Employer Contributed Retirement Plan, Health & Dental Insurance, Section 125 Plan, Life Insurance, LTD Insurance, Paid PTO & Holiday Time, and Parking. Purdy Powers & Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Jane Bopp, Human Resources Director, Purdy Powers & Company