Senior Assurance Associate


Located in Modesto, California, Atherton & Associates, LLP is a quality firm founded more than 50 years ago with a strong commitment to providing the highest possible level of service to our clients. We provide a wide variety of services for our clients that include tax planning and preparation, estate planning, accounting and auditing and general business advisory services. The many large and small family- owned businesses that we serve include the agriculture, food processing, cooperative, real estate, transportation, manufacturing, warehousing, medical industries, and professional services.

As one of the largest CPA & consulting firms in the San Joaquin Valley, Atherton & Associates, LLP also has the ability and resources to tackle the most complex business situations. We enhanced those abilities in 2003 by joining the RSM US Alliance, an association of top public accounting firms that gives us access to more than 7,000 accounting professionals in 70 different countries – a level of expertise once only available at select national firms. No matter what situation our clients may encounter, Atherton & Associates, LLP can provide the expert advice they may need. In addition to giving us access to a full range of national and international capabilities, our affiliation with the RSM US Alliance also assists us in providing our employees continuing professional education while assisting them with short and long term career goals.

We are actively recruiting Senior Assurance Associates to help us continue to grow and provide the excellent client service that we are known for. The growth of our firm has provided unlimited opportunity for advancement for our qualified personnel and the ability to offer broader services to our clients.



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferred concentration in Business Administration or Accounting, from an accredited college or university.
  • CPA or CPA candidates are preferred.
  • Minimum 2-4 years of audit & accounting experience in public accounting, demonstrating a progression in complexity of auditing and accounting tasks.
  • Excellent analytical, technical, and auditing skills including knowledge in US GAAP and GAAS.
  • Exceptional client service and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain outstanding client relationships.
  • Strong technology skills and proficiency with all aspects of Microsoft Office. Experience with ProSystem fx Engagement and Caseware are a plus.
  • Exceptional organizational, communication and presentation (verbal and written) skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, supervisory, and customer service skills.
  • Ability to lead, prioritize, thrive and adapt in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Has a strong conviction and holds to the Firm’s core values of Integrity, Commitment, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Ability to focus on complex tasks, understand the Firm’s comprehensive compliance process and persevere to bring work to completion for review.
  • Performs accounting and/or auditing procedures in accordance with Firm standards and in an accurate, thorough and timely manner.
  • Takes responsibility for service quality, thoroughness and accuracy; proactively works with client and in-charge to gather data and follow-up on open items.
  • Prepares routine correspondence to client for approval and signature of a partner.
  • Recognizes resource/team capabilities (background, experience, strengths and weaknesses), aligns the right talent to the work, delegates work effectively and holds team accountable for deliverables.
  • Performs the broadest range of accountant tasks so that direct participation of supervisors, managers, or partners is kept to a minimum.
  • Assesses problems and issues in regards to materiality and interprets the implications for the client; understands client’s tolerance for risk.
  • Stays current on regulatory and industry issues and shares applicable information with others.
  • Consistently takes on work outside of “comfort zone,” asks for stretch assignments to develop.
  • Prepares more complex projections, provisions and returns with accuracy and according to Firm policies and procedures.
  • Dedicates time to coaching others in software knowledge, business process, research skills/resources, technical expertise, planning and project management.
  • Engages, motivates and provides timely feedback to team members.
  • Builds relationships across lines of business to ensure client service excellence through an integrated service approach.
  • Identifies and develops alternatives for issues and consults with engagement team.
  • Works extended hours as needed during peak busy periods or as needed to meet deadlines as well as partner and client expectations.


  • Competitive salary
  • Cafeteria Plan which includes 401K Plan, Health, Vision, Dental, Disability, and Life Insurance
  • Medical and Daycare Reimbursement Plans