Next Step Systems

Accountant, Chicago, IL

A rapidly growing proprietary trading firm with offices in Chicago, London & New York City is seeking an Accountant to join an already established Accounting Department.


-Perform day to day accounting duties in accounts payable, cash management, payroll, fixed assets, the general ledger and other duties as assigned.
-Cash management responsibilities include transferring cash between entities, making disbursements out of bank accounts, maintaining adequate cash levels and performing bank reconciliations.
-General ledger responsibilities include preparing and posting journal entries and assisting with general ledger maintenance.
-Prepare and distribute various financial and regulatory reports by specified deadlines.
-Perform monthly close activities such as posting monthly journal entries and preparing financial statements, account reconciliations and analysis.
-Perform expense allocations to entities and profit centers.
-Assist with financial and regulatory audits and be a point person for external auditors in multiple countries.
-Understand and apply regulatory and accounting rules to internal processes and procedures.
-Assist with the Budgeting/forecasting.
-Interact directly with various middle/back office personnel and senior members of the firm.
-Assist on projects and other ad hoc assignments as needed.


-Technologically focused with a drive toward efficiency, process improvement and automation.
-Highly motivated individual who can work efficiently and prioritize appropriately in a highly demanding environment.
-Manage high-pressure situations professionally, calmly and with urgency.
-Sound understanding of GAAP.
-Displays a passion for the field of accounting.
-Proactive and self-motivated to work independently to achieve both individual and team goals.
-Detail oriented with a strong commitment to preparing accurate work.
-Excellent verbal and communication skills.
-Superior organizational skills, a strong work ethic and unquestionable integrity.
-Capable of learning new things quickly in a rapidly growing/changing business.
-Ability to work individually and in a team environment and provide progress reports without being prompted.
-Capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously with the ability to prioritize.
-Ambitious personality who is not afraid of a challenge.
-Problem solver with superior analytical and reconciliation skills.
-Ability to professionally interact with staff and management in multiple offices and multiple time zones.


-2 to 5 years of accounting experience.
-Public accounting (Big 4) experience preferred.
-Proficient in MS Office software, with advanced knowledge of Excel (VBA/Macros preferred).
-Basic programming skills and/or SQL knowledge a plus.
-CPA and/or Series 27 a plus.
-Knowledge of the following is a plus: Great Plains/Management Reporter/ReqNet, Trading operations, and Financial statements’ audits.
-Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
-Master’s Degree preferred.
-Strong GPA (3.0 or higher).

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