The Washington, DC office of Finnegan, one of the world's leading and largest intellectual property law firms, is seeking a Staff Accountant to join our dynamic financial services department. This position is responsible for managing and maintaining the firm's general ledger accounts and fixed asset details in accordance with firm policies and procedures.
Responsibilities include: performing accounting computations and preparing associated journal entries to ensure uniform application of policies, procedures, and acceptable accounting standards; maintaining and posting all the firm's recurring journal entries monthly; assiting in the preparation of monthly financial statement package; utilizing knowledge of accounting principles to maintain the firm's general ledger accounts; maintaining spreadsheets of significant general ledger accounts to support balances contained on the general ledger; preparing and reconciling monthly bank statements, investigating and resolving reconciling items in a timely manner; entering and maintaining all the firm's fixed asset details in FAS 500 Asset Accounting; ensuring that fixed asset detail records are reconciled with amounts on the general ledger; posting and reconciling depreciation and amortization entries; assisting Financial Services Managers with month end close process and preparing and distributing month end reports once month end close activities are completed; supporting Financial Services Managers with external auditor requests; acting as a liaison between the firm and bank for operational and transactional issues; maintaining contact with regional and overseas offices for routine accounting needs and providing appropriate support for their non–accounting staff; assisting department management and other key firm personnel with special requests and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance; Minimum of two years of prior accounting experience, preferably within a law firm or other
professional services environment; Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and accounting systems; Ability to differentiate between modified cash and accrual sets of books; Strong analytical and decision–making skills; Experience in a fast–paced environment with demonstrated ability to conduct multiple tasks and meet deadlines; Knowledge of computerized accounting programs and report writing; Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and ability to read and interpret various accounting reports.