1328 - Finance & Accounting Specialist
Waukesha, WI 
Posted 5 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
Finance & Accounting Specialist
Waukesha, WI
Finance & Accounting
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is seeking a Finance & Accounting Specialist to join our Waukesha office! Reporting to the Director of Accounting, the Finance & Accounting Specialist completes administrative tasks related to the Finance & Accounting Department. The Finance & Accounting Specialist is responsible for processing check requests, performing bank reconciliations, approving expense reports, as well as some additional tasks listed below.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Monitor lockbox and effectively communicate balances with CFO and Director of Accounting
  • Log checks, ACH, and wire receipts and apply cash receipts to related client invoices
  • Communicate cash receipts to billing and collections teams
  • Process transfers between trust and operating accounts
  • Perform bank reconciliations
  • Approve expense reimbursements
  • Approve invoices for payment and process check requests as needed
  • Additional duties and special projects as needed

Bring Your Best

Knowledge Base & Education:

  • Two-year degree required, accounting or general business degree preferred
  • 2+ years of experience in an accounting or finance department, preferably in a law firm or professional services environment

Accounting Skills:

  • Experience with 3E - Enterprise Business Management software preferred
  • Experience with Excel and other Microsoft Applications
  • Working knowledge of electronic time and billing software and programs
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent administrative accounting skills
  • Extreme attention to detail and accuracy
  • Superior project management skills to manage deadline-oriented role


  • Ability to learn and embrace new skills and best practices as the position evolves and Firm needs change
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team


  • Ability to develop relationships and foster teamwork at all levels of the Firm


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of internal and external clients, attorneys, and staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations with tact and discretion

Problem Solving Skills:

  • Ability and confidence to identify and analyze issues, make decisions, and initiate actions/solutions
  • Agility to respond to unexpected challenges, including proactively developing innovative solutions to complex problems while maintaining a professional demeanor


  • Demonstrate "client first" mentality
  • Ability to maintain composure and demonstrate good judgment


  • Valid authorization to work in the U.S.

The Company

This is an opportunity to work with the Best. We are Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP. We are a full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and technical professionals who work in collaborative, interdisciplinary practices to serve clients around the world.

We work with companies in all kinds of industries, as well as trade associations, nonprofits, educational institutions, governments, family trusts, and high-net-worth individuals. Since our firm's founding in 1848, we've continuously evolved to meet our clients' changing needs and expectations. One thing remains the same: For generations, clients have relied on Michael Best for exceptional legal service and business acumen.

The Location

We have offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Manitowoc and Waukesha, WI; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Washington, D.C.; Broomfield and Denver, CO; Salt Lake City and Cottonwood Heights, UT; and Austin, TX. Our contemporary office designs are ideal for concentration and collaboration and supports a culture where we work together to make good things happen for our Clients. This position is located in our Waukesha, WI office.

Why You Should Apply

At Michael Best, we are proud to offer a comprehensive and competitive Total Rewards package that provides a variety of resources designed to enhance its employees' overall well-being, both at work and at home. Competitive base pay, outstanding benefits, opportunities for learning and growth, all programs designed to help you plan for the future, and perks that inspire your downtime are all part of our total compensation package.

Learning and Growth

  • Challenging and Dynamic Role
  • Career Development Planning
  • Professional Growth Opportunities
  • Performance Management and Coaching
  • Specialized Training Programs

Health & Wellness

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision Care
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program

Total Compensation

  • Competitive Base Pay
  • Annual Merit Reviews and Discretionary Incentive Pay
  • Outstanding Benefits
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • 8 Paid Holidays + Floating Holiday

Planning for the Future

  • 401(k) with Company Contributions
  • Short Term Disability Plan
  • Long Term Disability Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Optional Critical Illness, Accident, and Hospital Indemnity Insurance
  • Parental/Family Leave

Culture and Workplace

  • Respected organization with Collaborative Culture
  • Growing Firm with an Exciting Future
  • Healthy Work-Life Balance
  • Contemporary Work Environment
  • Positive and Respectful Work Climate
  • Performance Recognition

To be considered for this position, please submit an application via our online portal. We are not accepting search firm submissions at this time.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Michael Best Strategies LLC, and Michael Best Consulting LLC (collectively known as "Michael Best") are steadfastly committed to providing equal employment opportunity and maintaining a workplace for employees and applicants for employment that is free from discrimination based upon age, race, religion, color, disability, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact our Recruiting team at 414.225.4999 or careers@michaelbest.com to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
2+ years
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