Entry Level Accounting, Investment Banking & Balancing Analyst

Northbrook, Illinois
Not Specified
Oct 02, 2016
Dec 01, 2016
Entry Level, Sales
Job Type
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Job Description

The Consultant is primarily responsible for daily and monthly balancing between Allstate's short-term pool fund and fund participants. This would include reconciling Allstate Investment accounting systems (Maximis), data warehouse and the General Ledger (SAP) to published bank statements to ensure fund income is appropriately allocated to the participating Allstate companies. The Consultant is expected to research and investigate exceptions and follow up to ensure that they are corrected, including identification and implementation of prevention measures. They prepare and review the month end packages in support of financial statement close deadlines. Span of control also extends to source data into Maximis through the execution of Trade Management Systems interface balancing controls and reconciliations between the trade management systems, accounting system and custodial bank.

Key Responsibilities


  • Handle simple functional tasks such as:
    • Review and clear daily and monthly reports to locate the out of balances between the short-term pool fund bank statement, the investment accounting system, and the SAP general ledger.
    • Analyze and clear position exceptions between accounting system, trade management system and custodial bank.
    • Identification, research and investigation of out-of-balance conditions, and follow up to ensure that they are corrected.
    • Prepare and Review journal entries.
    • Production and Review of Monthly reports by the close deadlines.
  • Work with the internal and external customers and auditors to provide reports and answer questions.
  • Provide monthly, quarterly or annual reports to other departments within Allstate Insurance as assigned.
  • Assist with the quarterly account reconciliation spot checks.
  • Help coordinate and participate in team projects, assignments and team responsibilities such as process improvement, control strengthening, peer analysis and team education sessions.


  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Provide status to Supervisor
  • Ability to work well with individuals of varying levels and departments to resolve exceptions and research issues.
  • Participate in cross-team knowledge and awareness

Job Qualifications

  • 0-2 years of professional accounting or reporting experience, Investment industry experience is a plus
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Access, Outlook, Word, SAP or other general ledger applications and database querying tools
  • Accounting/Finance Degree Required
  • CPA/CPA Candidate preferred
  • Good oral and written communication skills to all levels of staff and management
  • Good analytical and issue resolution skills
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Demonstrate initiative, creativity and a high degree of self-motivation
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and work assignments
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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