Top Atlanta law firm seeks a highly qualified DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Duties and Responsibilities
Managing a staff, responsible for general accounting and financial reporting functions, and the financial services area including: billing, conflicts, asset accounting, trust accounting, time and billing, collections, administration of firm’s retirement plan, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
The Director of Accounting directs the preparation of income and expense budgets, financial plans, forecasts of capital expenditures, and cash flow; has custody, control and supervision of firm’s financial books; is responsible for firm’s timely submittal of all local, state and federal tax reports; is responsible for firm banking relations and investment policy; and accounts for all firm-related purchases and expense invoices. Collaboration with Director of IT, the management of a sophisticated timekeeping and billing system is also under the Director’s leadership.
Managing a staff, oversees month and year end close, coordinates budget preparation and fulfills reporting requests of partnership. When requested by the Chairman of the Board, the Financial Director and/or the Compensation Committee, provides compensation analyses.
Other specific duties:
Maintains accountability for ensuring that policies and procedures (internal controls) are in place to provide reasonable assurance that the firm assets are well protected.
Ensures that business objectives and targets are met and that only invoices with proper authorizations are paid.
Ensures that company financial records, are maintained in compliance with company policies and US GAAP. Responsible for reviewing daily/ monthly/quarterly account reconciliations and other documents as further verification.
Validates the completion of Federal and State tax reporting requirements (including income, property, sales and use, payroll and other local taxes) and other reports required by government regulation.
Coordinates work effort relating to external audit of the Retirement Plan. Is further responsible for the implementation of agreed upon recommendations from Trustees and Plan Attorney, resulting from the audit findings and meetings.
Also coordinates work effort related to external client audits.
Ensures that the accounting department is staffed with qualified financial personnel capable of meeting the objectives and responsibilities, noted above; responsible for review and continued development of those department members.
Maintains thorough knowledge of billing trends and techniques.
Able to handle sensitive and confidential matters.
Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in professional services firm environment, law firm preferred to include experience with Aderant and/or Elite, or similar software applications. Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or CPA designation a plus.