Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Staff Accountant

Job Locations US-NY-New York
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Reporting to the Accounting Manager, this position is responsible to assist in a wide array of accounting and reporting activities for the Firm including account analysis, bank reconciliations, policy and procedure development, compliance and control reviews, and participation in the Firm’s year-end audit.


Key Relationships: Director Of Financial Operations, Controller, Accounting & Compliance, Manager, Accounting team members of all Cleary offices, Director of Tax And Staff, New York Accounts Payable Team, New York Payroll Team, Financial Reporting Team 


  • Preparation of select balance sheet account reconciliations and related analysis.
  • Preparation of bank reconciliations for New York Office and other selected offices (e.g., Sao Paulo, Abu Dhabi, Seoul).
  • Research and analysis of reconciling items, creating monthly journal entries as required.
  • Participant in the Firm’s year-end audit, including preparation of documents in support of the year-end audit.
  • Assist in preparation of policy and procedure documentation for use by the global Finance and Accounting team.
  • Assist in execution of compliance and control reviews related to finance policies and procedures.
  • Prepare Firm’s response to economic accounting surveys.
  • Review global intercompany account balances and prepare monthly reconciliation.
  • Responsible for maintenance of daily and average foreign exchange rates in firm’s finance system.
  • Other special projects as requested.


Ideal Characteristics:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree in accounting or finance.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher overall and/or in major.
  • Working towards CPA designation preferred.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on client service.
  • Strong business writing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Knowledge of Visio is a plus.

Critical Competencies for Success:

  • Interest in gaining a broad experience across major finance disciplines, including accounting, tax and internal audit.
  • Conducts self in a positive, professional manner.
  • Willing to learn from multiple sources; able to apply gained skills across various responsibilities.
  • Possess a sense of urgency and willingness to build effective working relationships with key members of the Firm.
  • Proactive individual who uses common sense and a fact based approach to address issues and communicate solutions.

Other Personal Characteristics:

  • Friendly, positive communicator capable of conversing at all levels.
  • Capable of learning organizational and prioritization skills to assist in executing multiple tasks.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility to complete assignments within proscribed schedule.
  • Team player who shares credit for accomplishments with others and keeps the Firm’s best interests foremost.


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