Assistant Accounting Manager

Kemper Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 3 months ago

Position Summary:

Kemper, a publicly-traded, multi-billion-dollar insurance and financial services company, seeks a talented and motivated professional to join its Accounting team at its headquarters in downtown Chicago. This is a fantastic role for a strong performer who is looking to be a key contributor in the Company's efforts to transform the Accounting and Finance functions through maximization of process efficiency, automation of manual processes (including the use of bots), and improved speed-to-delivery. This role has significant exposure to GAAP, statutory, and SEC accounting, all within a multi-faceted insurance company (life, health, P&C). Kemper has a proven track record for developing its people for higher roles within the department as well as other functions across its corporate and operating entities. This role is a great way to get your feet wet and develop a keen understanding of the Company. We will provide the mentoring and experiences to significantly enhance your skillset, which will position you for higher roles within the organization. The dynamic work environment at Kemper encourages critical thinking, engaging and empowering finance leaders to work collaboratively with others outside the finance function, and allowing them to achieve their potential, while still enabling work/life flexibility.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assist with managing a team of professionals in obtaining and analyzing data from various sources (e.g., systems, schedules, external vendors, etc.) for the preparation of statutory and GAAP financial statements, consolidations and other reports.

  • Leading efforts to automate various processes by developing a deep understanding of source data and end user needs, and then assisting in the design, implementation, and oversight of solution.

  • Reviewing and overseeing the preparation of monthly journal entries in Oracle and account reconciliations in Blackline

  • Assisting in the management of the Company's consolidation process in HFM, including elimination entries and execution of internal controls.

  • Assisting in the management of our internal and external financial reporting process, including SEC reporting on Form 10-Q and 10-K.

  • Managing the preparation of quarterly and annual statutory statements for insurance regulators.

  • Building and analyzing management reports.

  • Assisting in the function of the Company's SOX program, including interfacing with internal and external auditors as well as business leaders.

  • Serving as a key resource for special projects with the ability to both lead as well as provide meaningful contributions.

Position Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of accounting/auditing experience (public and/or private).

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting/Finance. CPA is required.

  • Experience with insurance accounting (GAAP and statutory) is highly preferred.

  • Experience with Oracle ledgers, Blackline, Wings, HFM, Workiva (wDesk), XBRL, and software robots is a strong plus.

  • Progressive thinking skills, a strong work ethic, and a knack for innovative solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills to interact with varying levels of management and professional staff.

  • Effective writing skills and strong attention to detail required.

  • Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.

  • Ability to identify, analyze and solve accounting and operational issues.

  • Intellectually curious, analytically strong, and embracer of change.

Our employees enjoy great benefits:

  • Qualify for your choice of health and dental plans within your first month.

  • Save for your future with robust 401(k) match, Health Spending Accounts and various retirement plans.

  • Learn and Grow with our Tuition Assistance Program, paid certifications and continuing education programs.

  • Contribute to your community through United Way and volunteer programs.

  • Balance your life with generous paid time off and business casual dress.

  • Protect what you love with discounts on home and auto insurance products.

  • Get employee discounts for shopping, dining and travel through Kemper Perks.

Kemper at a glance

With $11 billion in assets, Kemper is one of the nation's leading insurers. The Kemper family of companies specializes in auto, home, life, health and valuables insurance products for individuals, families and businesses.

Kemper's underwriting companies* are rated A- (Excellent) and Infinity Property & Casualty is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, the leading insurance industry rating authority. Kemper companies service seven million policies and rank among the top 25 personal lines property and casualty writers and the 2016 Ward's 50 Top Performers list of life insurance companies.

  • Alliance United Insurance Company is not rated.

We value diversity and strive to be an employer of choice. An Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V

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