The Senior Accountant reports to the Accounting Supervisor and supports other department staff. This individual will be responsible for complex accounting activities and financial analyses.
Responsible for producing and analyzing data on financial reports and various Excel spreadsheets, often using advanced Excel functions;
Respond to requests for ad hoc analyses quickly while maintaining integrity and accuracy of data;
Develop and maintain Excel spreadsheets to prepare analyses and reports using advanced Excel functions;
Identify opportunities for improvement, provide information and recommendations to management and follow-through on approved solutions;
Assist with the management reporting, departmental reporting and associated schedules;
Review monthly exception reporting to ensure firm policies are being followed. Inform management of issues
Assist in the firm-wide annual forecasting/budgeting process;
Perform monthly account review and variance analysis;
Review and analysis of general ledger transactions and accounts, using technical judgment to ensure financial transactions are properly recorded;
Assist with testing and receive final approval for system reports required for management, financial reporting and general ledger reconciliations;
Review work of Staff Accountants, as directed.
Develop a strong understanding of Firm operations and the law firm industry
Ability to work independently with consistent follow through on projects and routine tasks;
Flexibility to complete special projects or other duties, as assigned;
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (current employees should contact Human Resources).
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance
Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience
Demonstrated technical and analytical skills within his/her professional background
Financial reporting experience
CPA or candidate for CPA certification
Other Skills and Abilities:
The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
Strong organizational skills
Strong attention to detail
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
Able to work under pressure
Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.