What inspires you?

Here at Kernutt Stokes, we dream big, chase fresh ideas, and constantly explore new  realms. Every day we challenge our employees to develop their leadership skills, improve their technical know-how, and learn to observe from new perspectives. 

We understand that you have many options open to you when it comes to establishing  your career. Are you ready for a challenge? Are you ready to carve your own path to  success? Do you want to work for a company that was named one of the 100 Best  Companies to Work For in Oregon? Then Kernutt Stokes might just be the place for you.

Life at Kernutt Stokes

Kernutt Stokes is a master of the “work hard, play hard” mentality. You’ll work long hours when it’s needed, but you’ll be rewarded for your time and effort.

Our firm offers flexible schedules and comp time. We recognize the extra time and effort our team members put in during our busy season. To that end, you can bank your overtime hours to be used at a later time in the year. The comp time may give you the perfect opportunity for an extended trip to visit relatives to backpack through Europe or spend time with family.

 

Why Choose a Mid-Sized Firm?

As a mid-sized firm, we invest in our people to help them achieve success. Our partners know you by name, you get to connect with the clients, have fun opportunities to socialize with your coworkers, all while enjoying life balance. Live a KS life with us!

Why Choose a Mid-Sized Firm?

As a mid-sized firm, we invest in our people to help them achieve success. Our partners know you by name, you get to connect with the clients, have fun opportunities to socialize with your coworkers, all while enjoying life balance. Live a KS life with us!

Current Openings

Kernutt Stokes is growing and we need motivated and driven individuals to help us further our growth. We strive to provide a work environment that is collegial, respectful, and productive. We are committed to the advancement of your career and the advancement of our firm, while also ensuring life balance so our employees can enjoy their well-earned time off. We have a long history of serving Oregon since 1945 through our various locations in Eugene, Corvallis, Bend, and our satellite office in Lake Oswego.

We have a rich and varied client base: large privately held companies, small family-owned businesses, and high net worth individuals. We specialize in key industries, including beverage, college athletics and athletes, transportation, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, family-owned businesses, and real estate.

We are currently hiring for:

Experienced Tax Associate | Eugene, Corvallis, Bend

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Candidate must have completed 1 or more years as a tax accountant at a certified public accounting firm
  •  Have passed the CPA exam (or are close to passing)
  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a related field with 225 quarter credits completed

Expectations for the Position:

  • Prepare moderately difficult project returns without material review comments
  • Prepare complex tax project returns
  • Perform research and reach logical, well-supported technical conclusions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Primary and Secondary levels of taxation authority (code, regulation, case law)
  • Demonstrate high-level analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Develop and maintain technical specialization
  • Understand the short- and long-term consequences when making decisions
  • Make appropriate referrals to department leaders of client raised issues

Project Management:

  • Draft email questions/communication to senior/manager in a clear professional manner with minimal changes before being sent on to a partner or client
  • Handle a wide variety of tasks, resolve problems, and write responses
  • Manage resolution of open items timely
  • Take ownership of assigned engagements

Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Develop strong written and oral communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrate good professional judgment
  • Courteous, friendly, and professional service during client interaction

Additional Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Taxation is a bonus and compensated accordingly
Experienced Assurance Associate | Eugene, Corvallis, Bend

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Completed 1 or more years as an assurance accountant at a certified public accounting firm
  • Passed the CPA exam (or are close to passing)
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field with 225 quarter credits completed

 Expectations of the Position

  • Draft financial statements, including cash flows, and footnotes, for GAAP and OCBOA basis financial and clear Partner comments
  • Perform research and reach logical, well-supported technical conclusions and document them in a memo or appropriate workpaper
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of GAAP, GAAS, SSARS, etc.
  • Prepare Communication with Management section without material review comments
  • Understand analytic variance questions before asking client to comment on them
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and draw conclusions on issues

Project Management

  • Draft email questions/communication to senior /manager in a clear professional manner with minimal changes before being sent to a partner or client
  • Handle a wide variety of tasks, resolve problems, and write responses
  • Manage resolution of open items in a timely manner
  • Take ownership of assigned engagements

Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Develop strong written, oral communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrate good professional judgment
  • Provide courteous, friendly, and professional service during client interactions

In addition, on average our experienced assurance staff work less billable hours than other Oregon accounting firms our size and fewer than all Big 4 firms.

Tax Senior | Eugene, Corvallis, Bend

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or finance from an accredited college/university required
  •  CPA eligible preferred or in the process to become one
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a public accounting firm
  • Experience in tax preparation and tax planning with multi-state partnerships, S-corporations, C-corporations, trusts, and high net worth individuals

Tax Technical Expectations:

  • Prepare highly complex project return without material review comments
  • Review basic tax returns as requested
  • Stay current on relevant and emerging specialty, industry, market, tax, and accounting issues and communicate to firm members and clients
  • Ensure that significant transactions and account balances are properly identified, researched, documented, and resolved
  • Demonstrate a well-rounded knowledge of tax law and regulation on their applications
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the tax research process
  • Recognize potential tax issues and tax planning strategies

Project Management Requirements:

  • Serve as primary contact for assigned engagements
  • Develop Strong working relationship with appropriate client personnel
  • Demonstrate ability to set and manage client expectations (including working with department members to ensure that client expectations are being set and managed appropriately)
  • Monitors entire engagement budget and includes timely updates to engagement team throughout the project
  • Manage workload and staff effectively
  • Communicate deadlines to engagement team

Skill Requirements:

  •  Prepare complex returns for corporations, businesses, trusts, and high net worth individuals
  • Provide timely and highly quality services exceeding client expectations
  • Research, propose, and discuss strategies and solutions with tax managers and engagement partners
  • Collaboratively work with all levels of staff on client engagements
  • Work with staff on multiple engagements simultaneously and provide feedback on their work
  • Pursue new business development

Interpersonal Requirements:

  • Strong motivation to meet client deadlines and provide excellent client service
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills, and positive attitude
  •  Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Have an innate curiosity about tax code sections, case law, and its application to businesses

Additional Requirements

Master’s degree in taxation is a bonus and compensated accordingly!

Assurance Senior | Eugene, Corvallis, Bend

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Completed three or more busy seasons as an assurance accountant at a CPA firm
  • Have passed a CPA exam (or are close to passing)
  • Possess technical knowledge in GAAP, GAAS, and OCBOA sufficient to supervise staff accountants, and evaluate their progress when appropriate

Expectations of the Job:

  •  Lead audit and other assurance engagements by assuming responsibility for the supervision and completion of assigned engagements
  • Review workpapers and financial statements (GAAP and OCBOA), answer client questions, and clear concurring reviewer comments
  •  Ensure that material items are properly identified, researched, documented, and resolved
  •  Understand the scope of each engagement and can appropriately document and apply risk assessment procedures/standards
  •  Demonstrate high-level analytical and problem-solving skills
  •  Deal successfully with more complex accounting issues (e.g. consolidations, process cost accounting, complicated deferred tax calculations)
  •  Demonstrate a through and updated knowledge and applications of GAAP, GAAS, SSARS, and principles of internal accounting control
  •  Perform analysis on adjusting entries or PAJEs including how they should be extrapolated and reported in any client facing communications
  •  Identify potential issues related to bank covenants early in the project and bring attention to them
  •  Provide timely and high-quality services exceeding client expectations and identify additional areas of servicing clients and planning opportunities
  •  Pursue new business development
  •  Enhance skills for reviewing assurance engagements
  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and client confidentiality
  • Develop and maintain quality client relations
  • Become proficient at accounting and auditing research including a knowledge of the reference sources available to the firm

Project Management Requirements:

  • Serve as primary contact for assigned engagements
  • Develop strong working relationships with appropriate client personnel
  • Demonstrate ability to set and manage client expectations (including working with department members to ensure that client expectations are being set and managed appropriately)
  • Monitor entire engagement budge and includes timely updates to engagement team throughout the project
  • Manage workload and staff effectively
  • Communicate deadlines to engagement team

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates high-level analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management and organization skills

In addition, on average our assurance senior associates work less billable hours than other Oregon accounting firms our size and fewer than all Big 4 firms.

Tax Manager | Eugene, Corvallis, Bend

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting, business administration, or finance from an accredited college/university is required
  • Must be a licensed CPA
  • Six years of experience working at a public accounting firm
  • Experienced in tax preparation and tax planning with multi state partnerships, S-corporations, C-corporations, trusts, and high net-worth individuals
  • Strong motivation to meet client deadlines and provide excellent client services

Expectations from you:

  • Provide timely and high-quality services exceeding client expectations
  • Collaboratively work with all levels of staff on client engagements
  • Manage client relationships, including assessing client needs, developing strategies and solutions to provide clients with the highest level of service
  • Pursue new business development
  •  Prepare complex business, fiduciary, and individual tax returns when necessary
  • Cultivate a professional niche that suits your strengths and interests
  • Mentor staff to create future leaders

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills, and a positive attitude
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
Assurance Manager | Eugene, Corvallis, Bend

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field
  • Candidates must have six years or more of current/recent experience as an audit and assurance accountant at a certified public accounting
  • Must be a licensed CPA
  • Possess technical knowledge in GAAP, GAAS and OCBOA sufficient to supervise staff accountants, and evaluate their progress when appropriate
  • Experience with managing and mentoring up and coming team members

Requirements of the Job:

  •  Manages multiple engagements at one time in their entirety; establish engagement objectives and scope of engagement, manage budgets and schedules
  • Fully responsible for the client deliverable
  • Develop and maintain client relations
  • Pursue new business development
  • Review staff work and provide clear and meaningful feedback
  • Supervise and mentor engagement staff both in the field and as an assigned coach
  •  Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and client confidentiality
  • Proficient at accounting and auditing research including a knowledge of the reference sources available to the firm

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills, and positive attitude
  • Excellent time management and organization skills

Apply Now

Please submit your resume and cover letter addressed to Christina Newland via Indeed or call Christina at 541-687-1170.

Benefits for Full-Time Associate Staff

Financial Benefits
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including compensation for all overtime worked
  • A very generous discretionary annual employer 401(k)/profit sharing contribution
  • CPA licensing bonus
  • Employee incentive for new clients
  • Reimbursement of continuing education
  • 50% reimbursement of individual membership dues in Eugene Country Club, Shadow Hills Country Club, Bend Country Club, Corvallis Country Club, and other membership clubs
  • Partial reimbursement of engagement in club and civic organizations related to the firm
Career Development Benefits
  • Mentoring program
  • Commitment to helping you with the job through annual reviews
  • Membership in BDO Alliance and access to various resources
  • Networking events and social events throughout the year
  • Accelerated career advancement with a growing firm
  • Opportunity to become partner of the firm
Life Balance Benefits
  • An average of 7 weeks’ vacation starting in the first year
  • Paid time off
  • Less than 1% travel
  • Hybrid work from home model
Health & Wellness Benefits
  • 100% paid health/dental/vision for employee
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 24 hours a year to use toward community service
  • Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account
  • Plenty of healthy and delicious food and beverages provided every week during busy season, along with a big Tax Day celebration dinner party