Senior Manager Financial Systems-Accounting-Chicago

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Position Summary

The Senior Manager Financial Systems works closely with the Director of Accounting and Managing Director of Operations to effectively manage Deltek Vision and other financial system applications.  

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Lead the configuration, implementation and ongoing monitoring of the Deltek Vision application 
  • Act as a finance subject matter expert for system integration efforts, partnering with our technical systems team
  • Plan and coordinate testing changes, upgrades and new services, ensuring that systems will operate correctly in current and future environments
  • Oversee integrations between Deltek Vision and other applications and ensure successful communication
  • Identify efficiency improvements to the Deltek Vision system on an ongoing basis
  • Establish policies and procedures related to maintenance of the Deltek Vision application, and 
  • Create, manage, and maintain custom workflows and user defined components
  • Create custom reports and dashboards
  • Audit and manage Vision security roles 
  • Coordinate with accounting, HR, IT, marketing and project teams
  • Liaison with Deltek and related vendors 
  • Assist the PMO in the development and delivery of training to Project Managers, Studio Leaders, Operations Directors, and Managing Directors.
  • Supports development of the roadmap for advanced analytics and decision support tools
  • Work with Director of Accounting to develop Financial Analysis & Planning (FP&A) processes via Deltek Vision or other software applications.

Qualifications / Skill-sets

  • Understanding of Project and General Ledger Accounting processes and workflows in a professional services environment 
  • Ability to comprehend and assist the global finance organization in building requirements for its financial systems enhancements
  • Possesses experience and high degree of proficiency using the Microsoft Office software suite (Excel) and general accounting systems; able to learn new applications, procedures and processes quickly
  • Conforms to a high degree of professional standards of conduct by being honest, ethical and maintains appropriate levels of confidentiality 
  • Identifies complex problems and reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implements solutions; shows persistence in the face of obstacles
  • Demonstrates strong team-building skills by working well with staff at all levels; displays a collaborative goal-oriented attitude creating an atmosphere of cooperation and fostering an environment of success
  • Possesses skills in observing, receiving and obtaining information from all relevant sources
  • Needs to be self-motivated and professionally confident with a commitment to quality client service 
  • Successfully works independently with a high speed of execution and exceptional commitment to detail and accuracy in a deadline driven environment
  • Communicates in a clear, concise and professional manner; demonstrates strong written, oral, presentation and listening skills; gives respectful, full attention to people, taking time to understand the points being made and asking questions as appropriate
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and customer service skills; able to communicate and confidently interact with management and all levels of staff; works well independently or on a team across all functions and levels throughout ESD
  • Demonstrates a positive work ethic with exceptional commitment to detail and accuracy of reporting
  • Maintains a positive, self-motivated, can-do attitude; is adaptable, flexible and open to change and variety within the workplace
  • Able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline driven environment 
  • Possesses strong analytical skills, critical thinking ability and intellectual curiosity 
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational and time management skills; fulfills obligations in a quality and timely fashion; is reliable, responsible, punctual and dependable
  • Shows initiative and a willingness to engage in tasks and challenges beyond stated responsibilities to increase level of responsibility, authority, and knowledge and enhance abilities as Financial Systems Administrator 
  • Deals with high stress related situations in a calm, decisive and effective manner; maintains a professional demeanor at all times

Education / Certification / Experience

  • 8-10 years of Deltek Vision experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position with proven success in the Professional Services industry (preferred)

AA / EE / Veterans / Disability

We are an equal-opportunity employer.