Senior Accounting Analyst

Senior Accounting Analyst
Cook County Comptroller/Bureau of Finance Department
 Chicago, Illinois
Job Description

Job Summary
Under the supervision of the Director of Financial Control / Director of Financial Reporting within the General Accounting-Financial Reporting (GAFR) area prepares and submits comprehensive reports, account reconciliations, schedules and support documentation for each assignment and keeps the director informed of all irregular findings. Establishes and maintains controls over the rate of expenditures, allocates funds to grant programs and verifies grant expenditures in terms of availability and appropriate fund accounts. Assists with the monthly and annual financial system closing process. Analyzes data received from various departments for accuracy and corresponds with/assists auditors during the annual audit of financial statements. Performs accounting tasks and prepares audit schedules in connection with various functions and operations of the Comptroller. Performs reconciliations of bank accounts; maintains ERP cash management module; prepares property tax reconciliations and schedules; and supervises/trains GAFR staff. Prepares and maintains accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.

This position is Actively Recruited and At Will

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting is required. (Must provide original college/university transcript at time of interview)*
  • Five (5) years’ full-time work experience as an Accountant or Auditor is required.
  • Experience utilizing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Accounting. (Must provide original college/university transcript at time of interview)*
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). (Must provide proof at time of interview)

*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS

Skill in the use of an ERP system for purposes of managing, recording and reporting on financial and related data. Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures related to general accounting. Knowledge of federal, state and local laws pertaining to the fiscal management and reporting of public funds and accounts. Ability to assist others in projects involving financial systems and make independent decisions within accounting principles and management policies. Ability to supervise the activities and work of support staff. Skill identifying accounting errors, inconsistencies and unlawful practices. Ability to objectively and tactfully interact with departments in resolving difficult accounting issues. Basic knowledge of Federal Grant accounting practices and procedures. Ability to objectively and tactfully interact with departments in resolving difficult accounting issues.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.

Benefits Package

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
  • Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
  • You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

For further information on our excellent benefits package, please click on the following link:
http://www.cookcountyrisk.com/

*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

*This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.

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