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Lead Corporate Accountant

The Lead Corporate Accountant is responsible for corporate accounting including GL monthly close, GL reconciliation, and assisting with quarterly and annual financial reporting. The role works out of our Global HQ in Rosemont, IL and reports directly to the Senior Manager of Financial Accounting.

Essential Functions

  • Perform financial analysis and report metrics
  • Prepare monthly journal entries to P&L and Balance Sheet accounts to ensure proper and accurate recording of business activity
  • Perform approved maintenance on the chart of accounts
  • Act as custodian of fixed asset records; ensuring that items are reported and depreciated in compliance with the company’s capitalization policy
  • Prepare monthly reconciliation and analysis of general ledger accounts
  • Improve/create account reconciliation schedules to support and analyze ledger balances
  • Streamline journal entry preparation/process to permit a quicker monthly close
  • Assist Accounts Payable in the approval of general ledger coding of non- purchase order invoices and review purchase orders for proper classification
  • Prepare intra-company invoices and reconcile balances with overseas counterparts, which requires investigation and correction of any discrepancies or unusual activity
  • Assist with standing up the processes to support accounting for payroll
  • Calculate health care medical claim lag accrual
  • Record debt issuance, interest accrual and amortization of financing fees
  • Record, calculate workers compensation accrual
  • Calculate engineering royalties and prepare earn out schedules to facilitate timely payment
  • Assist in the documentation and monitoring of Sarbanes Oxley processes and controls
  • Interact with auditors in the examination of financial and tax related data, reports, and forms
  • Assist in completing year-end schedules for the Financial Reporting Group and Tax Department
  • Work on cross-functional teams to improve processes and results
  • Interact with independent and government auditors in examination of financial and tax related data
  • Assist with coaching and mentoring to the staff accountant

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA and/or MBA preferred
  • 2+ years of public accounting experience
  • Experience in payroll accounting
  • Technical savvy; proficiency using Microsoft Suite (e.g. Excel and Word) is necessary
  • Track record of process improvement
  • A desire to learn, a strong intellectual curiosity, and an infectious positive attitude
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service, time management, interpersonal and analytical skills with a proven ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work efficiently in a fast- paced environment
  • Strong decision making, organizational and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles
  • Oracle knowledge a plus