Office Accountant at SSI (U.S.) Inc. d/b/a Spencer Stuart

Posted in Accounting 2 days ago.

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

SSI (U.S.) Inc. d/b/a Spencer Stuart

Spencer Stuart is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Location: Corporate/Chicago

Full/Part Time: Full time

Req ID: R1511


The Chief Financial Officer Group (CFOG) is responsible for the Firm's global financial and controllership functions. Because all financial data for the Firm from all over the world flows into our team, we are in a unique position to spot trends and advise business leaders. Our first mission is to collect and report information with flawless accuracy. Our next commitment is to provide insightful analysis and serve as business advisors to our front-line managers. In addition, our team members embody a deep commitment to providing brilliant service to our internal clients. We treat our business leaders and front-line professionals like valued clients who deserve first-rate, highly responsive service. Our final commitment is to each other. The CFO division has a unique culture defined by collaboration, mutual support, and a "team first" attitude, combined with a strong commitment to professional excellence. We like go-getters who embody our values about first-rate work and continuous improvement.

Office Accountant/Analyst

The Office Accountant/Analyst will be assigned as the main Finance contact for one or more U.S. Offices and serve as the essential go-to person for all requests from consultants and support staff. S/he is a results oriented individual with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast paced professional environment. S/he is intellectually curious with a desire to learn about Spencer Stuart, the firm's business model, and the CFOG. As a member of the accounting department, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting both the transaction processing and financial reporting functions. The position requires a tremendous attention to detail and a customer service orientation. Candidates must possess a strong sense of urgency and have the ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. A team player with a good attitude is essential. The candidate must have strong communication skills and ability to work well with other departments, colleagues, and clients.

Location: 353 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Key responsibilities

  • Analyze general ledger accounts on a monthly basis. Spot trends and provide feedback on fluctuating costs.
  • Maintain balance sheet account reconciliations. Provide a fresh look at existing templates and help create improved or entirely new versions.
  • Prepare Journal Entries to correct and/or adjust transactions in Navision.
  • Assist in the preparation of standard monthly financial statements and, in many cases, provide data to be used in regular staff meetings.
  • Audit and code employee expenses in the Travel and Expense system (Concur).
  • Work with Consultants and Executive Assistants to prepare official invoices to be sent to clients on a semi-monthly basis.
  • Serve as the go-to person or air traffic controller for incoming requests by working with teammates and ensuring that outgoing responses meet CFOG's high standards for accuracy and relationship management.
  • Collaborate closely with all colleagues in CFOG by demonstrating team spirit, an unwavering commitment to mutual success, and a strong work ethic.

Key relationships

Reports to

Accounting Manager

Other key relationships

Controller's Department Staff and Management

U.S. Compensation and Benefits Group

Worldwide Client Database Group

Worldwide Office Accountants

Consultants, Executive Assistants and other local office staff

Ideal experience

  • Facile with Software and Databases. Intermediate Excel skills. A quick study and eager to learn our accounting system (Microsoft Dynamics - NAV) and proprietary (Quest) software applications.

  • Education. Bachelor's degree in Accounting is required.

  • Work Experience:
    • Work history either as an intern during the school year or summers, and, ideally, for one or two after graduating.
    • Experience, ideally, in a professional office environment in an accounting capacity.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (knowledge of intermediate functions such as VLOOKUP and pivot tables).

Critical capabilities

  • Analytical, insightful, curious. "Helicopter" ability: able to delve deeply into and work meticulously with details, while also being able to pull up and offer meaningful insights to colleagues. Fascinated by stepping back from numbers to interpret what they mean, spot trends, and bring insight.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to provide excellent customer service to business colleagues and clients.
  • Dependable, self-motivated, and energetic with a proactive, problem-solving ability.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented. A great team player. Collaborates, shares information, seeks help, looks out for colleagues, helps others shine, and would never let a teammate down. Disinclined to gossip, politics, and drama.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and accuracy. A willingness to dig deeply into information and to hunt down data. A strong commitment to "getting it right."
  • Innately driven by personal excellence and pride in one's work. Strong work ethic and professional dedication.