at Metra in Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.
Financial Affairs is headed by the Chief Financial Officer and is divided into six groups: Financial Affairs; Treasury; General Accounting; Budget Management Analysis and Contracts; Grant Management; and Procurement Operations. The core mission of these groups is to provide accurate financial information so that Metra can run its business efficiently. Together these departments employ approximately 170 people.
Under general supervision, the Accountant 2 performs intermediate-level professional accounting work of moderate complexity analyzing accounts, transactions, and documents; coding, reconciling, and adjusting accounting data; compiling, consolidating, and analyzing fiscal information; preparing financial statements and reports; and performing special projects and related duties as required. Review and analyze documents to ensure proper authorization and compliance with Metra procedures, government regulations, contract specifications, and grant agreements. Prepare requisitions and code or analyze moderately complex financial transactions in accordance with generally acceptable accounting principles. Monitor account and project balances for availability of cash flow and recommends actions to meet financial obligations. Compile, analyze, and prepare information for reports. Research and respond to accounting inquiries.
Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related discipline.
In addition to 1. above, must have two (2) years of professional accounting experience.
Good knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
Good knowledge of mathematical principles and applications.
Good knowledge of internal controls.
Good knowledge of applicable computer software applications.
Good organizational skills.
Good analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Good computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel and Dynamics AX.
Good interpersonal skills.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work in a detailed oriented fast paced environment.
Ability to exercise discretion and good judgment and handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and courtesy.
Ability to interact with individuals of all levels both within and outside of the organization
Experience using ERP systems, Microsoft Dynamics AX is preferred.
Metra requires all new-hire employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment. On May 11, 2023, both the state of IL and the federal government will put an end to the COVID-19 emergency measures. Effective May 11, 2023, Metra's COVID vaccine requirements will be suspended until further notice.
Please note: Regardless of any state laws that legalize marijuana, Metra prohibits applicants and employees' use or possession of marijuana (or marijuana paraphernalia), or having detectable amounts of marijuana in their bodies, including synthetic and/or non-synthetic substances such as THC for any reason for preemployment screening purposes, while on duty, subject to duty, on Metra property, or in Metra work equipment and vehicles.
Metra is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.