Sidley Austin LLP

  • Staff Accountant

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
  • Summary

    The Staff Accountant reports to the Accounting Supervisor and supports other department staff.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Contributes as an integral part of a team that produces financial reporting for the Firm. Responsible for producing reports quickly while maintaining integrity and accuracy of data;
    • Develops and maintains Excel spreadsheets to prepare analyses and reports using advanced Excel functions;
    • Reviews and analyzes general ledger transactions and accounts, uses technical judgment to ensure that financial transactions are properly recorded;
    • Participates in the firm-wide annual forecasting/budgeting processes;
    • Performs monthly account reviews and variance analyses;
    • Acts as a financial liaison to multiple departments by understanding and servicing their business needs;
    • Responsible for the analysis, management and implementation of financial initiatives;
    • Identifies opportunities for improvement and provide information and recommendations to management;
    • Other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each Essential Duty and Responsibility (the “Essential Duties”) satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the Essential Duties. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).


    Education and/or Experience:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance or a Bachelor’s degree in Business or Economics with a Master’s degree in Accounting


    • Financial reporting experience
    • CPA or candidate for CPA certification


    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


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


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