Controller

Position: Controller       

Department: Accounting

Status: Permanent, Exempt   

Location: CURRENTLY 100% REMOTE. Eventually in Philadelphia, PA or Wilmington, DE (partially remote and flexible scheduling available). 

 

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Controller shall be responsible for managing and handling the firm’s financial management functions which include general ledger entries, asset management, property tax returns, accounts payable, accounts receivable, client billing, collections financial reporting and other administrative tasks as may be required by the Management Committee.

 

The ideal candidate will have five years of progressively responsible related work experience preferably in a professional services environment and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study. Desired skills include: advanced technology skills including extensive accounting software and Microsoft Office; highly motivated; good organizational skills; excellent communication and people skills; quick learner; ability to process time sensitive entries; work in a fast-paced environment; outstanding attention to detail; and the ability to interact with all levels of firm employees.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting, required
  • CPA license, preferred
  • 5+ years in an accounting role required; majority of experience in a legal role preferred
  • Knowledge of Aderant Sierra, preferred  
  • Strong knowledge of law firm or professional services billing and accounting
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

  • Ensures goals and objectives of accounting department are met. Supervise the accounting department of (a Billing Coordinator, AR Clerk, AP Clerk and admin)
  • Provides accurate and timely completion of assignments and inquiry responses. Ensures that all tasks and duties completed are accomplished within the firm’s set guidelines and policies
  • Interact with firm's outside accountant for preparation of tax returns
  • Plan and implement the firm’s annual budget
  • Coordinates and ensures the completion of annual, quarterly and monthly activities including annual budgets, monthly ledgers, monthly financial reports, quarterly write-off campaigns, client/matter closing campaigns, year-end pledge campaign, missing timesheets, and all other high priority activities with a deadline
  • Reviews, investigates, and resolves most problems encountered by accounting staff
  • Provides administrative support to the billing attorneys including matter budgets and fixed fee agreements
  • Prepares and/or analyzes client budgets, schedules, or statements. These may include but are not limited to complex billing and payment schedules and client account analysis
  • Supports the Management Committee and Firm Administrator by preparing reports up on billings, collections, write-offs, applications, and research
  • Advises the department regarding accounting procedures and policies. Acts as point of contact for questions or concerns in the accounting department
  • Assists with collection efforts of the office. Identifies collection opportunities, contacts billing attorneys to discuss options, contacts clients when directed using appropriate discretion and experience to ensure relationships are maintained or improved and follows up with billing attorneys as needed
  • Maintains all bank account records, facilitates daily deposit
  • Promotes effective work practices and works as a team member, and shows respect for co-workers
  • Completes special projects on various topics as needed

 

Panitch Schwarze offers a competitive salary, benefits, time off program and flexible telecommuting opportunities.

 

The knowledge and contributions of our administrative professionals play a key role in supporting the success of our Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware IP law offices. Staff members assist attorneys in meeting client needs and work to ensure internal stability within the firm. If you are interested in joining the Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP team, you may send your resume and salary requirements via email to careers@panitchlaw.com or by mail to:

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
ATTN: Human Resources
Two Commerce Square
2001 Market Street - Suite 2800
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7044

 

 

 

It is the long-standing policy of the firm to hire well qualified people to perform the many tasks necessary in providing high quality legal service. An integral part of this policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons.

In this regard, the firm: (1) adheres to federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with regard to nondiscrimination against job applicants and firm employees; and (2) provides equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to the person’s age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, military status, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law, including in its recruiting practices and its administration of all hiring, working conditions, benefits and privileges of employment, compensation, training, opportunities for advancement (such as promotion, transfers, and terminations of employment), and any other term or condition of employment. All firm personnel are expected to carry out their various job responsibilities in a manner that comports with and is fully supportive of the firm’s equal employment opportunity policy.

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