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Alliant Credit Union Sr. Accountant in Chicago, Illinois

What will your day look like?

You will compile, analyze, and reconcile multiple accounts within the general ledger in accordance with general accepted accounting principles and practices. Work involves collaborating with internal customers to address and resolve reconciliation matters and to provide expertise and detailed support on assigned projects. The incumbent is responsible for identifying accounting efficiencies, implementing process changes, and in knowing the responsibilities of other team members to provide backup support, as needed. Resources to do the job require extensive accounting experience, an understanding of the Credit Union’s processes and procedures, a strong understanding of the Credit Union’s products, the ability to analyze and clearly explain financial information, and the ability to problem-solve and identify process improvement opportunities. General supervision is provided by the Supervisor, Accounting.

Do you see yourself doing this?

  • Reconcile assigned Balance Sheet accounts to subsidiary ledgers or other supporting documentation

  • Ability to analyze data sets and be able to identify any anomalies, research any issues, and drive resolution

  • Liaise with business partners to understand company products, which may include mortgage lending, consumer lending, accounts payable or expense reporting, and help our partners make informed business decisions

  • Ensure substantive detailed documentation is provided for reconciling items in accordance with internal policy and complete reconciliation timely.

  • Provide oversight to accounts payable and expense reporting processing and have the ability to process invoices and expense reports when necessary.

  • Interact with internal business partners regarding proper procedures for stop payments, foreign checks, official checks and other transactions

  • Support accounting processes with third parties or third party systems including but not limited to completion of daily balancing and reconciliation/posting of data from various systems

  • Prepare necessary journal entries for reconciling items within accounts

  • Support month end process by ensuring timely completion of assigned responsibilities and clearing of open items

  • Work collaboratively with various business partners, including third-party vendors, to resolve outstanding issues

  • Support AFR team and Finance Group in execution of responsibilities through proactive response to requests and completion of required activities for month-end close, and verification of investment transactions in accordance with policy

  • Provide back-up support to immediate team members, as needed

  • Support audit activities of the regulators, internal and external auditors by effectively responding to questions and providing necessary documentation

  • Recommend and support implementation of process improvements for reconciliation activities

  • Serve as knowledge, technical and/or operational specialist within the team and across the AFR group

  • Act as a mentor to Staff Accountants to allow them to gain a better knowledge of products and account activity

  • Ensure the daily member processes and critical functions are completed accurately and on time

  • Maintains working relationships through communication with all internal and external customers

  • Work effectively and productively with others on outstanding reconciliation issues and ad-hoc projects

  • Ensure the integrity of accounting records

  • Maintain systems of internal controls

  • Assist with ad-hoc management reporting

Adhere to and ensure compliance of all business transactions with policy and process of the Bank Secrecy Act. Ensures compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, company procedures and policies. Maintains integrity and ethics in all actions and conversations with or regarding credit union members and their accounts; complies with Privacy Act directives.

What makes you a great fit?

You’ll be a great fit if in addition to the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and minimum 5 years relevant accounting experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience, required, and you have:

  • Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, required

  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines

  • Must have excellent problem solving skills and critical thinking skills

  • Strong understanding of GAAP required

  • CPA certification or CPA candidate desired

  • Outstanding analytical skills with a commitment to the highest level of quality and output

  • Financial institution experience preferred

  • Audit and/or Financial Reporting experience a plus

  • Ability to identify and resolve issues and present workable solutions in a simple, meaningful, and focused manner

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact at all levels of the organization

  • Must demonstrate a professional demeanor, ability to work independently and also collaborate in a group setting

When you’re happy, we’re happy!

As a thank you for joining our team, you’ll benefit from:

  • Competitive medical, dental, and free vision benefits

  • Competitive compensation plan

  • Contributions towards gym memberships

  • Generous PTO and banking holidays off

Still not convinced?

For more details you can also visit our Glassdoor and LinkedIn profiles.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Requisition ID: 2023-3579

External Company Name: Alliant Credit Union

External Company URL: www.alliantcreditunion.com