Sr. Director Technical Accounting & Reporting

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. Rolling Meadows, IL
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., one of the world's largest insurance brokerage and risk management services firms, provides a full range of retail and wholesale property/casualty (P/C) brokerage and alternative risk transfer services globally, as well as employee benefit brokerage, consulting and actuarial services. Gallagher also offers claims and information management, risk control consulting and appraisal services to clients around the world. If you're looking for a professional career with an industry leader then you have come to the right place. Wherever your interests lie, we're sure you will agree on one thing: our continued prosperity hinges on our greatest resource --- our people.

The Senior Director, Technical Accounting and Reporting will primarily be responsible for technical accounting and external reporting for Arthur J. Gallagher globally. This includes the creation of technical accounting whitepapers, managing the 10Qs/10K reporting process and working closely with external and internal auditors. The position will report to the Chief Accounting Officer, and will be heavily involved in the preparation and review of materials provided to the C-Suite. The Senior Director will possess the ability to work cross-functionally, both on a dotted-line and direct-line basis, across the entire Arthur J. Gallagher organization, which includes seven businesses, each with its own President and CFO.

The Senior Director of Technical Accounting and Reporting will manage a team of four (Director of SEC Reporting, Manager of SEC Reporting, and two Senior Accountants). This position, which may require 5-10% travel, will be located at the Company's headquarters in Rolling Meadows, IL.

In addition, this professional will possess the ability to work effectively with external auditors, divisional business finance leaders; and members of the corporate accounting group.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Demonstrated ability to research technical accounting guidance, including FASB and SEC regulations, and effectively communicate conclusions verbally and in writing.

* Monitor changes in accounting standards and policies and evaluate and anticipate the potential impact on the organization; translate impact into understandable information, educate and partner with the businesses to operationalize.

* Address any technical accounting issues raised by the divisional finance leaders and communicate accounting conclusions.

* Remain knowledgeable and up-to-date about all external audit requirements, such as PCAOB, international control documentation, etc.

* Anticipate and provide solutions to the most complex finance and accounting problems, including the preparation of white papers. Accounting areas include:

* Revenue Recognition

* Leases

* Goodwill and Intangible Impairment Test

* EPS Calculation

* Stock Compensation Accounting

* Segment Reporting

* Equity Roll Forward Procedures

* Business Combinations

* Assist in implementing and recording all aspects of business combination accounting related to the Company's acquisitions.

* Participate in the review of the Company's SEC disclosure filings, including Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs, Form 8-Ks, and earnings releases.

* Review press releases and earnings call materials to assist the Investor Relations team.

* Perform internal controls.

* Provide training and mentorship to other team members.

* Provide direct support, including special projects, to both the Chief Financial Operations Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.


* Bachelor's degree

* 7 years of related experience

* Broad general accounting knowledge, including FASB and GAAP regulations

* In-depth knowledge of the insurance brokerage business

* Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.


* Master's degree and public accounting experience or CPA preferred.

U.S. Eligibility Requirements

* Interested candidates must submit an application and resume/CV online to be considered

* Must be 18 years of age or older

* Must be willing to submit to a background investigation; any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation

* Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States. For U.S. employment opportunities, Gallagher hires U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and temporary residents. Temporary residence does not include those with non-immigrant work authorization (F, J, H or L visas), such as students in practical training status. Exceptions to these requirements will be determined based on shortage of qualified candidates with a particular skill. Gallagher will require proof of work authorization.

* Must be willing to execute Gallagher's Employee Agreement, or the Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement, which requires, among other things, post-employment obligations relating to non-solicitation, confidentiality and non-disclosure

Gallagher believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against nor favor any applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, disability, national origin, or any other legally protected status. Equal employment opportunity will be extended in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, layoff, and termination. In addition, Gallagher will make reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

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