I would also recommend that you look at job postings for various companies for accounting roles as usually they will include the responsibilities for that role and why it is key to support the overall business. It also will list the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to successfully perform that job. You could look at firms such as EY, KPMG, and Deloitte for example.
Common responsibilities of an accountant at a company for example include:
•Liaise with business partners for all accounting inquiries including providing technical accounting guidance for new business initiatives
•Review and analyze financial statements for business units in order to ensure accuracy and completeness of the financial statements
•Prepare financial statements and variance analysis on a quarterly basis for balance sheet and income statement
•Prepare key quarterly and year-end financial reporting deliverables including margin analysis and footnote disclosures
•Prepare monthly spending packages for accuracy and provide explanations for any significant variances
•Record monthly distribution cash statements and prepare various quarterly accruals
•Manage various ad-hoc reporting and projects for Senior Management
•Prepare and submit requests related to SOX compliance, tax, and quarter/year-end financial audits
•Establish an environment of continuous improvement to identify, develop and implement process changes to increase accuracy of our financial records or forecast, and efficiency of our processes
•Effective communication skills (written & verbal)
•Excellent knowledge of accounting principles and internal controls
•Strong quantitative and analytical skills
•Ability to succeed in a team environment
•Strong problem solving skills
•Ability to adapt quickly and learn new tasks independently
•Excellent organization skills
•Ability to manage competing priorities
•Ability to analyze and resolve issues from multiple stakeholders
If you want to get specific, here is a job posting from EY:
Tax Accountant, International Tax Services, Tax, ITS Standard (Manager) (Multiple Positions), Ernst & Young U.S. LLP, Charlotte, NC.
Work on international tax engagements, applying knowledge of US and foreign tax policies to resolve specific multinational client issues. Contribute to client satisfaction by providing timely, integrated and knowledgeable global tax advice including international tax planning, consulting, and compliance. Advise U.S. and foreign multinational companies and private equity funds on the tax implications of international operations as well as coordinating U.S. tax laws with foreign tax laws to develop an optimal worldwide tax strategy. Conduct primary and secondary review of complicated or complex international tax returns. Research tax technical issues and write opinions and tax memos for clients on specific tax issues or tax planning strategies. Consult with clients on tax-efficient structuring of international transactions, effective use of tax treaties, planning related to offshore investments activities and repatriation programs to minimize US and foreign income taxes of our US based multinational clients, minimizing worldwide tax burdens on business transactions and operations, and making effective foreign investments. Required to obtain a CPA, JD or other alternate certifications based on approval from practice leadership within one year from hire date.
Manage and motivate teams with diverse skills and backgrounds. Consistently deliver quality client services by monitoring progress. Demonstrate in-depth technical capabilities and professional knowledge. Maintain long-term client relationships and networks. Cultivate business development opportunities.