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Title:  Accountant II

Requisition Id:  10634
Job Function:  Finance
Career Area:  Corporate Jobs
Work Location:  Bannockburn, IL

Position Purpose:

This position will be responsible for certain steps to ensure timely and accurate month end execution of the Stericylce financial statement closing process which includes the monthly closing and reporting of the books and records, related journal entries and account reconciliations, accruals, variance analysis and general compliance with GAAP and company policies. This position will also be responsible for execution of internal controls as well as identifying opportunites to simplify work flow or generate other efficiencies.

We are seeking individuals who are self-starters, can prioritize multiple deliverables, initiate solutions, and who can be strong team players in helping achieve the goals of the Accounting function. This is a growth opportunity role with the ability to interact with senior level management across accounting, finance and the rest of the business.

Key Job Activities:

The staff accountant will have the opportunity to develop strong business partnerships across finance and throughout the company as well as to challenge the status quo with current processes. This individual will also participate in the company’s transformation and implementation of its new general ledger, SAP S/4HANA.
Areas of focus / emphasis may include:

  • Preparing journal entries and account reconciliations.
  • Ensuring that reconciling items are identified and resolved on a timely basis.
  • Executing on internal controls work and related deliverables for internal/external audit and the internal controls group.

Key Job Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Support month end close by:
    • Preparing journal entries and account reconciliations
    • Analyzing financial statement components specific to areas of responsibility and investigating discrepancies and variances in results
    • Preparing accurate financial information supported by GAAP and in accordance with the company’s accounting policies specifically pertaining to information provided by the entity (IPE)
  • Execution of internal controls, preparation of control documentation, and preparation of deliverables for review and submission to both external auditors and SOX PMO / internal auditors.
  • Identify and remediate internal control deficiencies in the areas/processes assigned.
  • Maintain all account reconciliations assigned. Tracks the status of open reconciling items and follow up in an engaging and collaborative manner with cross-functional involvement making sure they are resolved in the time prescribed by the company policy.
  • Identify and implement process improvements to drive accuracy and efficiency
  • Utilize tools, processes, systems, and initiatives of Accounting Team to enhance current accounting processes and drive best practices.
  • Prepare and communicate monthly ad-hoc reports, graphics, schedules and statistical reports.


Preferred Education: in Bachelors or Equivalent

Experience (North America & LATAM):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant designation in US or local country
  • 1-3 years experience within Accounting / Finance roles and supervisory experience
  • Preferably at least 1 years of public accounting experience demonstrating a good understanding of GAAP, audit processes (internal / external), month-end closing processes, general ledger accounts, and financial statement formats; public company experience (preferable)
  • Experience in effective leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills capable of interacting with staff, peers, and senior leadership competently and effectively

Highly desirable:

  • Working knowledge of continuous improvement philosophies (Lean/Six Sigma) in a practical work setting
  • Prior experience designing IPE controls and MRC (Management Review Control) activities
  • Prior SAP experience
  • Prior Microsoft Dynamics AX Experience
  • Prior experience mining large amounts of data

Certifications and/or Licenses:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred


Stericycle currently offers its employees the option to participate in a full range of benefits, including a health care program which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, an employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and sick time, a 401(k) plan, and an employee stock purchase plan. Participation in some programs requires that employees be regularly scheduled to work a minimum number of hours and/or to have fulfilled a waiting period after they begin employment with Stericycle.


The above description is meant to provide a summary of the nature and level of work being performed; it should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements of the job or person. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Stericycle will consider requests for workplace accommodations for protected physical or mental limitations in accordance with its human resources policies and local laws.To the extent permissible under local law, and consistent with business necessity, Stericycle reserves the right to modify the content formally or informally, either verbally or in writing, at any time with or without advance notice.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago