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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.
 
Position Summary:

The Manager, Technical Accounting, will primarily be responsible for technical accounting for Arthur J. Gallagher globally. This includes the creation and updating of technical accounting whitepapers, periodic qualitative and quantitative accounting assessments, and assistance in determining and documenting internal financial accounting policies, while working closely with external and internal auditors and our tax department. The position will report to the Sr. Director of Technical Accounting and Financial Reporting. The manager will possess the ability to work cross-functionally across the entire Arthur J. Gallagher organization.

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

Additional Considerations:

 

  • 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.
  • Assist in addressing any technical accounting issues raised by the divisional finance leaders and communicate accounting conclusions.
  • Assist in preparing comment letters and/or responses to FASB exposure drafts and Invitations to Comment, as pertinent to the organization.
  • Assist in preparing responses to SEC comment letter and other technical correspondence.
  • Remain knowledgeable and up-to-date about all external audit requirements, such as PCAOB, international control documentation, etc.
  • Assist in preparation of impact analysis for new accounting standards (e.g., CECL).
  • Assist in maintaining completeness and accuracy of internal accounting policies through our Financial Policy Manual.
  • Assist in evaluations of passed audit differences, materiality and going concern.
  • Evaluate stock compensation valuation inputs and review EPS, including impact of equity contingents, performance measures and dilution calculations. 
  • Assist in preparation of technical accounting white papers.  Accounting areas include:
    • Revenue Recognition
    • Leases
    • EPS Calculation
    • Stock Compensation Accounting
    • General Compensation Accounting
    • Debt accounting, including embedded derivatives
    • Hedge Accounting
    • Pension Accounting
    • Mergers & Acquisition Accounting
    • Goodwill and Other Impairment
    • Income tax accounting (basic)
  • Prepare monthly technical CPE training materials.

 


Required:
  • 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.

Desired:

  • Degree in Accounting field
  • Master's degree and public accounting experience or CPA preferred
  • Exposure to financial applications systems i.e. JD Edwards
  • Experience using Power Point a plus
Behaviors:
  • 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
  • Be willing to “roll up sleeves” to help operationalize good accounting.

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, 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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