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Accounting Manager in Chicago, IL at AFN

Date Posted: 4/16/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Do you have a passion for developing people?  Are you a savvy accounting professional with strong analytical and problem solving skills?  Does your team loving working for you working for you because of your ability to build strong relationships and communicate effectively with people at all business levels?  If so, we want to hear from you!

AFN is committed to your personal success and offers the resources, programs and support needed to make it happen.  We care about your professional growth and will help you achieve your goals.  We offer a competitive base salary, aggressive incentive program and a comprehensive benefits package.  

As the Accounting Manager over the AP/AR groups, you will play an integral part of AFN’s Finance & Accounting team.  Reporting to the Director of Finance & Accounting, the Accounting Manager is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating the Accounts Payable & Receivable departments.  This is a highly collaborative role, working closely with the eight AP/AR team members, the other members of the Finance & Accounting team, cross-functionally with key stakeholders in the business, as well as externally with AFN’s valued clients.  Ultimately, this role is responsible for ensuring the timely, efficient and accurate collection of payment from our customers, as well as the timely, efficient and accurate processing of payments to our carriers and vendors, all of which are critical to AFN’s ability to provide strategic supply chain solutions to our partners.  The ideal candidate is not a maintainer but is someone with vision, drive, leadership and a passion for identifying and implementing process improvements.


  • Directly manage a team of 8 people in the accounts payable and receivable departments, in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training, mentoring, coaching, managing performance of, and developing team members through the planning, assigning and directing of work based on KPIs, trends, and performance goals & measures.
  • Manage and support the analysis and re-engineering of key Finance & Accounting processes, particularly within the AP/AR functions, to make them more efficient and effective.  Deploy technological advancements to automate manual processes whenever possible. Partners with key internal stakeholders, such as Customer Sales and Carrier Sales, to drive maximum efficacy.
  • Serve as a key contact and maintain good working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.  Provides accounting assistance to the organization; responds to questions, inquiries, and concerns in a timely manner to meet business needs.  Fully understands implications of AP/AR in the context of accounting treatment and production of monthly financial statements.
  • Manage and assist with all AR tasks, including but not limited to preparing, recording, verifying, analyzing, and reporting accounts receivable transactions, and posting customer payments on a timely basis.  Ensures timely collection of cash receipts from customers. Supports team members in the collection of receivables that have exceeded contracted payment terms.
  • Assumes personal responsibility for any accounts that have exceeded 90 days, partnering with Sales on customer communication.  Develops relationships at the appropriate levels within these accounts to maximize our effectiveness in making these collections.  Produce analyses and reconciliations, including bad debt analyses. Review and monitor credit sources, credit files, customer and carrier applications, and delinquent accounts.
  • Set and approve customer credit limits. 
  • Manage and assist with all AP tasks, including but not limited to preparing, recording, verifying, analyzing, and reporting accounts payable transactions, as well as posting vouchers on a timely basis. 
  • Maintain and reconcile AP/AR ledger accounts and reports.  Provides regular customer account status reports, as well as aging reports, and other KPI’s.
  • Assist with month-end, quarter-end, and year-end close.  Assist with preparation of the monthly financial statements.
  • All other related responsibilities and special projects as assigned.

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Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years of accounting experience required.

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required.
  • CPA preferred.

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Must possess process-oriented mindset and have domain expertise and skill-set around designing and building out efficient & effective SOP’s
  • Must demonstrate strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to interact with and establish trust and credibility with all levels of the organization.
  • Must possess excellent organization skills with the ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with changing needs.
  • Must possess expert proficiency in Microsoft Excel with the ability to create complex spreadsheets utilizing advanced formulas.  Intermediate proficiency in Word and PowerPoint required.
  • Uses KPIs and other financial indicators to help measure performance, identifies and evaluates alternatives using financial and other operational metrics.
  • Demonstrates key behaviors, such as drive and determination, to achieve both results and success.  Can be counted on to successfully meet and exceed goals; regularly pushes self and others for results.
  • Is able to create solid plans to address and resolve operational issues.
  • Is able to flex her/his leadership style to meet the dynamic needs of the business.  Inspires her/his team to do their best each day by recognizing the unique motivations of individuals.  Is able to make tough decisions when necessary.
  • Seeks opportunities - and encourages her/his team to do the same - to utilize innovative approaches when addressing problems and issues.  Is a strong believer in change as a vehicle forward and helps others embrace continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Must possess excellent analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving capabilities.

AFN is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer