This principal accountant maintains the organization's general ledger for major areas of responsibility. She or he consults with internal clients at all levels across the organization to answer financial questions and provide advice and analysis on proper accounting. Further, this incumbent, working in complex areas, is a key contributor to the preparation of financial statements and develops new reports in response to, or anticipation of, ongoing business needs. As a principal professional, the accountant uses advanced knowledge of GAAP, internal financial systems, and other accounting standards to conduct major research and analysis, review and interpret historical transactional activity, and take a key role in complex month-end and year-end close processes. At this career level, the incumbent leads major, complex accounting processes and projects for multiple countries. Further, she or he regularly coaches and oversees the work of other specialists and related staff and is a respected professional in the Accounting discipline outside the organization.