CDW Manager, Financial Accounting in Chicago, Illinois


Role Overview

The Manager of Financial Accounting manages day-to-day activities that support accounting activities for CDW Group. This includes responsibility for monthly close activities, managing coworkers on the team, liaising with non-US subsidiaries, working with external and internal auditors, understanding variances to either prior periods or plan, and performing special projects as needed.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Manages a team of professionals that includes their coaching, development and performance management

  • Acts as liaison between Finance and other departments within the organization

  • Develops and maintains applicable accounting policies and procedures for areas under control

  • Ensures that adequate financial controls are in place and are in compliance with Sarbanes Oxley requirements

  • Coordinates monthly financial closes, set deadlines and standards for completion of financial statements

  • Responsible for the monthly consolidation for CDW Group within Hyperion Financial Management

  • Works with external and internal auditors to ensure financial statements adhere to accounting policies and good financial controls

  • Review and approve journal entries and account reconciliations


  • Overall responsibility for ensuring the timeliness and accuracy of data within Hyperion Financial Management (used for external financial reporting purposes)

  • Oversight of the PeopleSoft general ledger system

  • Consolidation of CDW results

  • Reconciliation of balance sheet accounts (including intercompany) within the Blackline system

  • Coordinates and works on special projects as needed


Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance.

  • 5 years of accounting experience.

  • 1 year of management experience.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders, including senior leadership

  • Demonstrated strong knowledge of accounting and finance principles and practices with ability to apply them in a business analysis situation

  • Excellent technical accounting skills

  • Proficient knowledge of Sarbanes Oxley controls and requirements

  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills with critical attention to detail

  • Track record of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business, while meeting deadlines

  • Proficient in Microsoft office applications with strong experience in Excel

  • Proven track record in problem analysis with the ability to creatively and proactively problem solve

  • Track record of identifying process improvements, and making appropriate recommendations

  • Strong negotiation skills with the ability to influence stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport and maintain productive working relationships cross-functionally

  • Proven supervisory skills

  • Strong knowledge of Hyperion Financial Management, including the consolidation process

Preferred Qualifications

  • CPA

  • Experience with ERP packages, including PeopleSoft general ledger, and other analytical tools such as Hyperion/Essbase, Cognos, etc.

Manager, Financial Accounting

Chicago, IL