Staff Accountant – Partner Compensation & Tax

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Title :

Staff Accountant – Partner Compensation & Tax

Location :

Houston

Job Summary

Gibson Dunn is a leading global law firm, advising clients on significant transactions and disputes. Our exceptional teams craft and deploy creative legal strategies that are meticulously tailored to every matter, however complex or high-stakes. The firm’s work is distinguished by a unique combination of precision and vision.

 

Based in New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, San Francisco or Los Angeles, the Staff Accountant, as a primary role, will be responsible for helping to manage partner distributions process, maintaining partner capital accounts, and responding to related partner inquiries. In addition, the Staff Accountant will be assisting with the firm’s wide tax compliance in the United States and foreign jurisdictions at federal, state, and local levels.

 

This role reports to the Partner Compensation Senior Manager and works closely with key personnel in various offices.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Calculate and prepare partner monthly and annual cash distributions, working closely with finance, tax, and IT departments to ensure effective and timely distribution process.
  • Ensure proper tax withholdings are made for all partner distributions and handle any necessary tax reporting.
  • Conduct reconciliations of monthly audit reports during distribution process.
  • Work closely with the firm’s accounting and tax teams to ensure all financial data is accurately reported for book and tax purposes.
  • Manage the partner compensation system, reconciling the system reporting to partner compensation schedules and the firm’s general ledger.
  • Assist in managing partner inquiries, and requests from other groups and departments related to partners throughout the year.
  • Assist with financial statement, tax, and compliance audits.
  • Assist with non-periodic assignments related to partner compensation, capital, personal charges/taxes, income verifications, distribution forecasts, and other ad-hoc reporting as requested by management.
  • Help to manage changes to partners’ direct deposit information
  • Prepare tax calculations for partnership returns, partner K-1 Schedules, and income tax memos.
  • Prepare partnership and nonresident partner estimated tax calculations.
  • Maintain partners’ composite tax elections and related records.
  • Prepare schedules and reports for the partnership’s various business taxes.
  • Continue to think of ways to streamline workpapers and continuously improve to make process more efficient.

Qualifications

  • Self-motivated with strong attention to detail and excellent work ethic.
  • Exceptional professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact with partners and firm leadership comfortably.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to develop and manage effective accounting processes.
  • Strong technology skills, including intermediate to expert level Excel skills, and the ability to master and leverage accounting systems and new technology solutions.

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • 2+ years of experience in accounting, tax, or finance, with law firm and partnership compensation experience preferred.
  • General knowledge of partnership taxation and impact of tax accounting on partner compensation.

 

 

Gibson Dunn will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of local law.

Compensation & Benefits:

The annual compensation range for this position is $75-100k. The salary offered within this range will depend upon qualifications and other operational considerations.

Benefits offered for this position include health care; retirement benefits; paid days off, including sick time, and vacation time; parental leave; basic life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; as well as discretionary, performance-based bonuses.

GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLES OF EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES AND APPLICANTS AND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPLICABLE FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS, DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF SEX, RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, MATRICULATION OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ALIENAGE OR CITIZENSHIP STATUS, ANCESTRY, AGE, MARITAL STATUS OR PARTNERSHIP STATUS, FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES, DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, PERSONAL APPEARANCE, GENETIC INFORMATION, PREDISPOSING GENETIC CHARACTERISTICS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MILITARY STATUS, STATUS AS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, STALKING AND SEX OFFENSES, ARREST OR CONVICTION RECORD, OR ON ANY OTHER BASIS PROHIBITED BY LAW.