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Staff Accountant At Jenner & Block LLP

Location: Chicago, Illinois

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ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK

Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com) is a law firm with global reach, with more than 500 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Jenner & Block as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States 10 times, most recently in 2019. The firm has been ranked in the top 10 in this category every year since 1990.

OVERVIEW

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

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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