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Chicago, IL 60654
As part of the Financial Controls team the Staff Accountant is involved in executing process improvement projects, generating monthly financial statements, detailing balance sheet reconciliations, assisting with resolving audit inquiries, and analyzing financial data. Ideal candidates have entry level accounting experience paired with a strong desire to improve their skillsets and familiarity with data, spreadsheets, and general ledger functionality.
The Staff Accountant is a non-exempt role. The work schedule for this role is 8:45am – 5:15pm (Monday – Friday). Additional hours as required by special projects and deadlines
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Lead ad hoc financial projects assigned by accounting management
Participate in process documentation, design and improvement:
Full documentation of current GL operating policies, processes and procedures
Evaluation of internal controls
Continuous process streamlining and improvement
Driven to understand business needs and to identify how best to meet those needs from a transactional processing perspective
Assist with general ledger enhancements testing
Actively guide monthly financial statement close processes:
Ensures all necessary adjusting and reclassifying journal entries are posted.
Supports timely and accurate preparation of the financial statement package, including variance analyses
Compile and analyze balance sheet reconciliations:
Ensure balance sheet accounts are recorded and match related subsystems
Resolve out of balances between accounts and subsystems (reconciling items) timely
Have strong understanding of transactions affecting the balance sheet accounts
Serve as a subject matter expert on general ledger activities in balance sheet accounts
Works to improve General Ledger and subsystem processes to limit reconciling items
Create documentation and perform maintenance on the chart of accounts
Interact with London office to prepare annual accrual basis financial statements
Respond promptly and professionally to internal and external business partners’ inquiries on general ledger activity and reporting
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
Data Analysis expertise able to identify drivers and underlying patterns for results
Advanced Excel skills including pivot tables handling, macro creation, and vlookup formula use
Team player with partnering, negotiating and consensus building skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in General Ledger / Financial Reporting Software
Integration of ERP Software Modules
Handled process and/or workflow documentation
Experience with travel and expense management tools such as Chrome River or Concur
Participated in financial system upgrade, conversion, and implementation.
Certified Public Accountant or working towards designation
Jenner & Block is an equal opportunity employer. All recruitment and employment decisions are made without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, sexual orientation, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service.