Sr Associate I, Accounting at JLL in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Job Summary

In a high-powered team environment, the successful candidate will apply accounting & compliance theory to real world commercial real estate integrated facilities management and project & development services engagements at an assigned collection of Fortune 2000 clients with varying degrees of contractual and service delivery complexity. This out of the box thinking professional will also help us to define what duties should shift to a shared services center while retaining ownership of the accuracy of the financial results and help us execute that strategy. Routine duties will include variety of professional level accounting duties including preparing, analyzing, and reconciling higher risk financial transactions, client trial balances, financial statements, records, and reports that ultimately feed into our SEC reported results. Additionally, this role will help maintain the accuracy of our financial systems, assist in the preparation and development of leading edge Sarbanes Oxley supporting workpapers, support external and internal audits as required; deliver the year end closing with zero surprises; and assist across a variety of client-centric business related activities.

Job Responsibilities

Record, review and reconcile various aspects of financial activity each month for an assigned portfolio of client contracts of varying size and complexity within the Americas Corporate Solutions business
Prepare and assist with month-end close, including leading the generation and/or review of accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, and other activity, including aspects of a complex and/or judgmental nature
Ensure timely and accurate revenue recognition in compliance with contract terms, Sarbanes Oxley and U.S. GAAP
Analyze monthly client-related financial results for trends and business insights as well as accuracy prior to completion of the financial close process
Actively participate in transformational initiatives, including process re-engineering, technology implementation and other ad hoc projects as applicable
Support the timely and successful completion of various audits
Apply the financial policies and procedures of the company; escalate inconsistencies, problems, and recommendations to the attention of management along with proposed solutions
Read, interpret and abstract contracts, legal documents, and other agreements

Functional Competencies

Solid understanding of US GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley requirements
Strong business acumen, as evidenced through critical thinking and analytical skills
Exceptional ability to effectively communicate key issues to finance and business leadership
Expert in Microsoft Office and PeopleSoft financial system a distinct plus

Interpersonal Competencies

Strong interpersonal skills including diplomacy, the ability to build consensus and leadership skills in a collaborative setting
Highly comfortable interacting with senior-level management and willingness to share ideas
Creative problem solver that can identify key information from disparate sources and deliver comprehensive, balanced and actionable analysis
Analytical mindset with the capacity and agility to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing, deadline-driven environment while handling multiple projects/tasks
Adept at forging strong relationships across functions and locations; collaborative work style
Detail-oriented with ability to pull up and think strategically and analytically

Education & Experience

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor s degree in Accounting (CPA preferred or working towards the CPA designation)
A minimum of 2-4 years of core accounting and/or auditing experience
Exposure to shared service-enabled accounting processes & workflows a plus
Experience with financial reporting systems and compilation of core financial statements for SEC registrants

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