Associate Accounting Manager, Operationalat CDW Careers

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Job ID: 18000688
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
Location: Vernon Hills, IL, United States

Role Overview

The Associate Manager, Accounting coordinates the month-end accounting close process, applies accounting principles and procedures to analyze financial information, prepares timely and accurate internal financial reporting packages, and manages/coach a team.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Analyzes monthly preliminary financial statements, investigates and explains variances. 
  • Lead monthly internal key metric analysis, including Days Payable Outstanding (‘DPO’) and purchase discounts to develop the performance “story” for the month and underlying business performance drivers.
  • Responsible for DPO and Purchase Discounts planning and forecasting.
  • Provides support in identifying new opportunities for working capital improvement, and assessing the impact of any changes on the relevant financial metrics.
  • Review and approve month-end adjusting journal entries, account reconciliations and reports.
  • Responsible for investigating and resolving relevant accounting issues, and developing applicable policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance of all internal control procedures surrounding accounts payable, including preparation of documentation to support financial accounting policies.
  • Supports the Company’s internal and external auditors performing control testing, quarterly reviews and the annual audit.
  • Supervises and mentors accountant(s) and/or senior accountant(s).


  • Identifies financial accounting, analysis and reporting process improvement opportunities and implements improvements.
  • Develops goals and skills for direct report(s) and provides regular feedback on performance.
  • Special projects as assigned.



            Education and/or Experience Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree either in finance or accounting, or another major with CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
    • External candidates:
      • 4 years previous accounting or financial audit experience.

Other Required Qualifications

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders, including senior leadership
    • Demonstrated strong knowledge of accounting and finance principles and practices
    • Solid technical accounting skills
    • Demonstrated strong organizational skills with critical attention to detail
    • Track record of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business, while meeting deadlines
    • Proficient in Microsoft office applications with strong experience in Excel
    • Proven track record in problem analysis with the ability to creatively and proactively problem solve
    • Track record of identifying process improvements, and making appropriate recommendations
    • Strong negotiation skills with the ability to influence stakeholders
    • Ability to take the lead on researching/resolving issues (from start to finish), or representing department on project.
    • Ability to coach and lead a team, as well as represent the department in projects and other initiatives

Preferred Qualifications

    • CPA
    • Strong knowledge of financial accounting and reporting applications (Peoplesoft and Hyperion Financial Management)
    • Supervisory and/or mentoring experience

Job Category: Finance
Job Type: Full-Time
Travel Percentage: 0%

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