We are seeking an experienced and detail-oriented Public Accounting Audit Senior or Manager with specialized expertise in Employee Benefit Planning to join our Cleveland team. This role is crucial in providing high-quality audit and advisory services to our diverse middle market client base, particularly focusing on employee benefit plans.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Audit Planning and Execution:
    • Lead and manage audit engagements, including planning, execution, and completion phases
    • Develop detailed audit plans, timelines, and resource allocations
    • Conduct risk assessments and determine the scope of audits
  2. Employee Benefit Plan Audits:
    • Specialize in auditing employee benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, pension plans, and health and welfare plans
    • Ensure compliance with ERISA, IRS, and DOL regulations
    • Prepare and review Form 5500 and related schedules
  3. Client Interaction and Advisory:
    • Serve as the primary contact for clients, providing expert guidance on accounting and regulatory issues related to employee benefit plans
    • Present audit findings and recommendations to clients and management
    • Assist clients in implementing audit recommendations and improving internal controls
  4. Team Leadership and Development:
    • Supervise, train, and mentor junior staff and audit associates
    • Review workpapers, audit reports, and financial statements prepared by the audit team
    • Foster a collaborative and supportive team environment
  5. Technical Expertise and Continuous Improvement:
    • Stay updated on industry trends, regulatory changes, and best practices in auditing and employee benefit planning
    • Participate in professional development opportunities and obtain relevant certifications
    • Contribute to the development and enhancement of audit methodologies and tools


  • Education and Certification:
    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Finance, or a related field
    • CPA certification is required
    • Additional certifications such as CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) are a plus
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in public accounting, with a focus on auditing
    • Proven experience in auditing employee benefit plans
  • Skills:
    • Strong understanding of GAAP, GAAS, ERISA, IRS, and DOL regulations
    • Excellent analytical, organizational, and project management skills
    • Proficient in using audit software and Microsoft Office Suite
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

Working Conditions:

  • Full-time position with some travel to client sites
  • Occasional extended hours during peak audit periods


  • Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Paid time off and holiday leave
  • Professional development and continuing education support

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Barnes Wendling CPAs is a well-respected public accounting firm and Top Workplace for 2022 and 2023 by cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer and a 12-time winner of NorthCoast 99.  We have been serving closely held businesses and not-for-profit organizations since 1946 with three offices in Northern Ohio dedicated to building and maintaining our client’s net worth.  We value our team, clients, and community. We offer our employees unlimited growth opportunities and challenging work while promoting these values in a professional, family-friendly atmosphere. We treat our employees with respect, honesty, and fairness, providing them with the flexibility to balance work and family responsibilities.

If you are looking for an opportunity to grow with a CPA firm where you can make a difference, you can be supported in your professional growth and recognized by your contributions, please submit your resume with salary requirements.

In-Office, Hybrid or Remote opportunities available.  Full-time, Part-time, or Seasonal opportunities available.

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