Staff Accountant

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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Leadership.Global.General – 3D City – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

Under general supervision, performs general accounting work in one or more Global Finance areas. Analyzes accounts and reports as well as prepares financial statements, budgets, statistical reports or tax returns. Reconciles general ledger accounts. Assists in the development and implementation of department policies, procedures, and programs in assigned areas. Advises management and employees in areas of expertise. Assists customers and other constituents.

    • Apply fundamental accounting concepts and practices in assigned areas. Confer with supervisor on unusual matters.
    • Develop and maintain working knowledge of advanced concepts in assigned areas. Develop an awareness of how decisions made in assigned areas impact work in other functional areas.
    • Record journal entries for US affiliates as part of the close process
    • Reconcile balance sheet accounts for the US entities on a monthly basis and follow up on reconciling items
    • Ad-hoc reporting, analysis, and reconciliations by request
    • Support internal and external audit requests
    • Work together with colleagues in other areas of Finance to achieve common goals
    • Assist internal customers
    • Must work well both individually and as a member of a team
    • Posts Intercompany journal entries and prepare intercompany reconciliations
    • Works with appropriate accounting contact persons for Intercompany transactions not going through
    • Monitors pending Intercompany requests (either Sending or Receiving) and provides status updates to parties who will need to action such requests
    • Perform other duties as directed

What makes you a great fit:

  • University degree in Accounting plus generally one to two years of directly related accounting experience (public or private) or a strongly related accounting internship.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Intermediate Excel skills including VLOOKUP and pivot tables
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customer s create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & Achieve We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards Total Rewards All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

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