Sidley Austin LLP

  • Cost Recovery Assistant

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
  • Summary

    A Cost Recovery Assistant’s responsibilities in the Cost Recovery area will be focused on the daily processing of automated expenses and attending to both vendor and internal inquiries. The Cost Recovery Assistant is responsible for learning and executing not only the primary tasks assigned, but also the tasks of their co-workers so they can provide backup, when needed.

    Duties and Responsibilities


    • Manage automated costs transmitted electronically from both internal and external sources
    • Download data from vendor websites and use internal software to send data files to be processed in the accounting system
    • Balance and post automated and manual expenses, correct invalid transactions, report questionable charges to management and contact Financial Systems regarding missing and/or invalid data files
    • Review allocated expenses and distribute reports for various vendor accounts
    • Conduct research in order to respond to inquiries related to the Firm’s automated expenses; work with vendors to resolve billing discrepancies
    • File and storage of cost batches
    • Provide excellent client service to our attorneys, billing specialists, clients, vendors and other Firm personnel who send inquiries to the Cost Recovery inbox. This includes promptly pulling backup documentation, answering questions regarding automated expenses, transferring/assigning costs as requested and responding to vendor inquires related to billing and payments
    • Other responsibilities include assisting the Client Accounting Supervisor and Manager as needed and performing other related duties as assigned


    Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (the “Duties”) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.   Employees or applicants who need an accommodation should contact Human Resources. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).

    Education and/or Experience:


    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills


    • Bachelor’s level degree
    • Previous law firm experience
    • Data entry skills
    • Knowledge of Elite Enterprise


    Other Skills and Abilities:

    The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

    Strong organizational skills

    Strong attention to detail

    Good judgment

    Strong interpersonal communication skills

    Strong analytical and problem solving skills

    Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others

    Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion

    Able to work under pressure

    Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

    A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job

    Customer service skills




    Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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