Accounting and Finance Senior Manager

Smith Bucklin & Associates   •  

Chicago, IL

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


11 - 15 years

Posted 174 days ago

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SmithBucklin, a 100 percent employee-owned association management company, is looking for an experienced Accounting and Finance Senior Manager to join our Financial Management & Accounting Services (FMAS) team in Chicago. Our FMAS unit provides client organizations with substantial experience, resources and proven practices in non-profit financial management, including not only a comprehensive set of accounting services, but also decision-support tools and guidance.

What You Will Do

Financial & Operational Management

  • Maintain compliance for cash receipts, AP/AR, journal entry review, financial statement preparation and review, and monthly bank statement reconciliation
  • Ensure the accounting staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with GAAP
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial and management reporting; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements
  • Oversee budgeting and monitor progress against approved budgets; present operational metrics internally and externally
  • Oversee the preparation and approval of all financialreporting materials and metrics; prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements to client organizations
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting; direct, financial, project-based and client accounting

Accounting & Administration

  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures
  • Oversee client industry practices to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functionality
  • Supervise the audit process for clients and review annual audits with client teams and finance committees
  • Attend finance committee and board calls, as necessary, providing financial management and accounting support

Team Management

  • Manage a team of accountants; perform staff reviews, train and develop
  • Oversee the financial management and accounting oversight for 15-20 client organizations
  • Review and manage the daily/monthly accounting activity for each accountant assigned
  • Maintain day-to-day relations with executive management, account executives and client staff teams

Planning & Policy Management

  • Ensure financial policies of client organizations are being followed and adhered to
  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of client budgets and forecasts
  • Review and ensure client investment policies are maintained and adhered to
  • Assist with and maintain relationships with client investment advisors


  • Participate in the ongoing strategic planning process as an integral member of the senior client management team
  • Oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with SmithBucklin’s Core Values and Strategic Goals of Client Organizations

This Role Might Be for You If…

  • You are a hands-on manager with the integrity and ability to work in a highly matrixed environment
  • You enjoy effectively developing, mentoring and training staff
  • You possess strong business acumen, ethics and values
  • You are a self-starter that enjoys working both autonomously and collaboratively
  • You have excellent communication skills (specifically with non-accountants) and confidence in presenting to executive management teams
  • You are a decisive decision-maker with strong financial, accounting and analytical skills
  • You have the ability to travel up to 5%

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from an accredited four-year institution
  • 12+ years of relevant accounting experience, to include 5 years of people management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • CPA is preferred
  • Experience with Epicor accounting software is desired
  • Proficiency with basic computer programming, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Where Do You Fit?

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a mid- or senior-level professional, working at SmithBucklin will offer you countless opportunities to develop transferrable skills, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences at an accelerated pace.

By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships that will serve you well throughout your career, regardless of your chosen path.

In addition, as a 100 percent employee-owned company, SmithBucklin offers all of our people – regardless of position or compensation – an equal chance to experience the fulfillment and reap the benefits of ownership. As owners, our employees control the destiny of SmithBucklin and are unified in the goal of building a great, enduring company.