Accounting Specialist Lead - Greater Chicago Area Remote

64263 Requisition #

Risk Placement Services, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest specialty wholesale insurance brokerage firms. We work with top-rated carriers to design robust coverage for our clients. Our employees are fueled by a culture built around teamwork, creativity and responsiveness.

Position Summary:

Concentrated on the creation and updating of technical accounting whitepapers, periodic qualitative and quantitative accounting assessments, and assistance in determining and documenting internal financial accounting policies, incumbent(s) are responsible for assessment of all technical accounting matters, including post-acquisition purchase accounting, integration and revenue recognition.  

Key Responsibilities:
  • Creates, maintains and ensures implementation of appropriate accounting policies and best practices
  • Evaluates and analyzes proposed transactions for accounting implications and potential impact of proposed accounting standards, and prepares documentation supporting accounting positions taken on significant or complex transactions.  
Responsibilities further include:  
  • Developing process efficiencies and best practices
  • Conducting complex assignments and analysis
  • Providing functional advice on accounting guidelines
  • Assisting in special projects and process improvements
  • Performing internal controls, and stock compensation evaluations
  • Monitors changes in accounting standards and policies and evaluate and anticipates the potential impact
  • Assists in preparation of impact analysis for new accounting standards
  • Works closely with external and internal auditors and tax department
  • Bachelor's degree and 6 years of related experience required
  • Requires broad general accounting knowledge, including FASB and GAAP regulations
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of the insurance brokerage business
  • Ability to research complex issues, and to formulate and develop recommendations to management
  • Project management experience
  • Sarbanes-Oxley experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.


  • Degree in Accounting field
  • Master's degree and public accounting experience or CPA preferred
  • Exposure to financial applications systems i.e. JD Edwards
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships both within and outside of finance
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strategic thinker that can come with point of view and initiate needed action
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 Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement which require, among other things, post-employment obligations relating to non-solicitation, confidentiality and non-disclosure


Gallagher offers competitive salaries and benefits, including: medical/dental/vision plans, life and accident insurance, 401(K), employee stock purchase plan, educational expense reimbursement, employee assistance program, flexible work hours (availability varies by office and job function) training programs, matching gift program, and more.  


Gallagher believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against nor favor any applicant because of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, gender, gender identity / expression, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.​ 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.


Please Note:

Gallagher never extends an offer of employment or requests any personal identification information without having received an online application and conducted one or more in-person or video interviews. If you have received any communication referencing the offer of a job at Gallagher and you have not submitted an online application or been interviewed by a Gallagher employee, please do not assume that the offer is being sent from a legitimate Gallagher representative.

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