Senior Accountant in Chicago, IL at Fast Switch

Date Posted: 1/18/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    4 to 6 years
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Job ID: 55662

Senior Accountant - 55662

Job description

This person will join the Corporate Accounting team within the Corporate Controller’s Group. This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the Corporation’s monthly general ledger close and consolidation process, and the delivery of financial reports produced within Corporate Accounting in support of its SEC Reporting and Regulatory Reporting.

The position provides a varied and hands-on exposure to many areas of the Corporation, both domestic and international. The successful individual will be required to have strong interaction and working relationships with the business, operations, technology and finance teams as it is essential that the individual engages with these teams to adequately govern the monthly close and communicate initiatives driven by Corporate Accounting.  The position will report directly to the Vice President, Manager of Corporate Accounting – Corporate Financial Management in Chicago.

  • Responsible for the analysis of monthly financial results.
  • Prepares and reviews periodic financial statements on a consolidated basis.
  • Responsible for specialized accounting areas within Corporate financial reporting (such as derivative accounting, Basel reporting, equity based compensation).
  • Assists in the preparation, completion, and documentation of all relevant SEC and other regulatory reporting.
  • Responsible for the setup and accounting for complex multi-tier investment entities.
  • Acts as a key contact for various internal and external partners with the ability to communicate succinctly and interpret financial results in non-technical accounting terms to business leaders.
  • Recommend and implements process improvements identified in day to day work.
  • Perform various analyses to assess the impact of financial strategies on the financial position and operating results of the organization.
  • Research and resolves complex accounting transactions and reporting issues, where some expertise is required to interpret policies, guidelines and/or processes.
  • Work with various internal and external partners on cross-function processes or projects providing analytical and procedurally represent the team.
  • May work closely with senior management on due diligence needed for acquisitions of companies or portfolios.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of all financial reporting systems and demonstrate the ability and desire to share knowledge in the form of training to lower level staff.

Skills Required:

  • Demonstrate analytical skills in preparing financial reports
  • Research, resolve and communicate complex accounting or reporting issues as they arise is a requirement
  • Complete complex accounting and analytical activities and projects with minimal supervision.
  • Meet strict deadlines by multi-tasking and prioritizing various assigned deliverables.
  • Ability to proactively assess issues, identify solutions and problem solve
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Experience Required:

  • Experience with:
    • Thorough business and technical accounting knowledge, acquired through 4-6 years of corporate or industry experience.
    • Leading or champion new corporate initiatives.
    • Regulatory and statutory financial reporting with a large organization.
    • Close process in a complex legal entity setting.
    • PeopleSoft GL, Hyperion Finance Management  (Trintech Certification a plus).

Education Required:

  • An undergraduate degree in Accounting is required.

Education Preferred:

  • MBA or another advanced degree a plus. CPA certification strongly preferred.

At Fast Switch, Our Purpose is Our People and Our Planet. We come to work each day and are reminded we are helping people find their success stories.  Isn’t that cool? Also, Doing the right thing is our mantra.  We act responsibly, give back to the communities we serve, and have a little fun along the way.

We at Fast Switch have been doing this for 22 years. We’re doing business in almost half the states in the union with offices in Detroit, MI, Columbus, OH, New York, Hartford, CT, Massachusetts, Minneapolis, MN, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Tucson, AZ.

We're a financially strong, privately-held company that is 100% consultant and client focused.

We've differentiated ourselves by being fast, flexible, creative and honest. Throw out everything you've heard, seen, or felt about every other IT Consulting company. We do unique things, and we do them for Fortune 10 companies, Inc. 500 companies, and technology start-ups. We also have a strong belief in giving back to the communities we serve.

Our benefits are second to none and thanks to our flexible benefits options you can choose just the benefits that you need or want, options include:

• Medical and Dental (Fast Switch pays majority of the medical program)

• Vision

• Personal Time Off (PTO) Program

• Long Term Disability (100% paid)

• Life Insurance (100% paid)

• 401(k) with immediate vesting and 3% (of salary) dollar-for-dollar match

Plus, we have a lucrative employee referral program and an employee recognition culture.

In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Fast Switch was named one of the Top Work Places in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press and one of the Best Staffing Firms in 2016 and 2017. We have won the Columbus Business First “Fast 50” award 9 times in 12 years because of our strong growth which translates into more and better opportunities for our consulting staff members.

Ranked '#1' supplier by over 50% of our customers nationally.

Ranked 'Top 3' supplier by over 75% of our customers nationally.

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