Assistant Controller
Kemper Corporate - Chicago, IL

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Kemper, a publicly–traded, multi-billion dollar, diversified insurance holding company, seeks an Assistant Controller at its corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago. The Assistant Controller works collaboratively with leaders at both the corporate and operating company level, with a high level of visibility to senior management with an excellent opportunity for future development and promotion. The position reports directly to Kemper’s Chief Accounting Officer.

Areas of Responsibilities:

Responsibility for the preparation and filing of periodic financial reports (10 K’s and 10-Q’s) and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
· Review and draft financial statements and footnotes and schedules
· Review and draft management’s discussion and analysis
· Prepare reports and presentations for audit committee as required
· Review XBRL tagging
Oversee enterprise wide investment accounting function and staff
· Review security valuations and classifications
· Research accounting treatment for new and complex investment transactions
· Participate in periodic management discussions on investment performance and results, including reviewing securities for impairments
· Oversee system implementations and enhancements
Serve as key advisor to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer on financial accounting and internal control matters
· Maintain and develop accounting policies, procedures and controls
· Perform technical accounting and research and develop supportable conclusions
· Coordinate implementation of new accounting standards
· Respond to operating unit inquiries on technical accounting issues and provide guidance to organization to ensure proper interpretation and compliance
Assist CAO in oversight of internal controls over financial reporting
· Participate in annual risk assessment
· Implement and sustain strong internal controls
· Perform periodic and detail reviews of operating unit balance sheets
· Provide company-wide SOX guidance and best practices
· Coordinate annual audit of internal controls with management and internal and external auditors
Support investor outreach activities
· Participate in preparation for quarterly earnings calls
· Assist in development of supplemental investor information
· Review investor marketing materials
Review and oversee the preparation of audited statutory financial statements, including coordination with external auditors and audit committee
Oversee accounting for employee benefit plans
· Review financial statements and ERISA filings
· Coordinate audit with external auditors
· Review actuarial valuations and assumptions and discuss with senior management
Train and mentor staff
Job Requirements :
Desired Qualifications:
· BA or BS degree in accounting or Masters degree with a concentration in accounting
· Minimum of 8 years of accounting experience in Big 4 public accounting and/or corporate environment with emphasis in insurance and financial services industry
· Strong technical accounting skills with proficiency in SEC rules and regulations, accounting research and adoption of accounting standards
· Self starter with strong organization skills capable of serving as not only as a project leader, but also as a team player on special projects working with all levels of management , including non-financial disciplines
· Critical thinker who makes informed, effective and timely decisions
· MBA or CPA preferred
*Note: Visa sponsorship not available for this position. Principals Only

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