Senior Attorney Compensation Accountant

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At McDermott, we don’t just invest in your future, we accelerate your career – wherever it may lead. That includes supporting you both in and outside of the office.

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A Firm where everyone belongs: Our award-winning culture prioritizes warmth and authenticity — we encourage you to be yourself!
Enthusiasm for diverse perspectives: We’re smarter and stronger when everyone has a voice and a seat at the table. We welcome unique viewpoints and ideas, and we make opportunities for you and your career to thrive.
Support to feel your best and do your best: Wellness is integral to building a successful career and a rich life. That’s why our benefits program supports your physical, emotional, mental and financial health, with an emphasis on work/life balance.
Real rewards for real work: We offer generous compensation packages that recognize hard work and excellence.

Position Summary:
The Senior Attorney Compensation Accountant calculates, audits, and communicates compensation changes to attorneys and and retirees Firmwide. This position supports the Senior Attorney Compensation Manager in the implementation and management of attorney compensation structures. The Senior Attorney Compensation Accountant works under minimal supervision and relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals.

As Senior Attorney Compensation Accountant, you will:
– Incorporate performance data into compensation decisions and reward mechanisms
– Maintain accurate records of attorney performance and compensation data and documentation of compensation decisions
– Implement and manage attorney compensation structures, including base salaries, bonuses, profit sharing, and equity participation
– Communicate effectively with attorneys, senior leadership and other stakeholders regarding compensation matters
– Conduct analysis and modeling to assess the financial impact of proposed compensation changes and strategic initiatives
– Identify trends, patterns, and outliers to inform compensation decisions and strategies
– Ensure accurate and timely reconciliation of capital and attorney compensation-related general ledger accounts
– Prepare annual budgets and monthly forecasts to provide insight on variances for senior leadership
– Collaborate with Payroll, Accounting, HR, IT, Tax and Finance on cross-functional attorney compensation affairs
– Identify opportunities for improvement of procedures and practices
– Assist with the maintenance of the firm’s reporting tools
– Prepare miscellaneous journal entries on an ad hoc basis

Job Specifications:
– Bachelor’s degree
– At least five (5) years of related work experience
– Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel (i.e. pivot tables)
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail
– Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
– Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
– Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
– Ability to manage and analyze large data sets
– Ability to adapt and manage concurrent projects; maintain day to day deliverables
– Ability to collaborate with peers and be resourceful when necessary in a data fluid environment

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift up to twenty (20) pounds. Work Environment: Typical indoor office environment.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people within this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job.

Successful candidates will be provided with outstanding career opportunities and will receive a competitive total rewards package with the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses.
Expected Pay Range in Orange County $114,200 – $155,500
Expected Pay Range in Los Angeles $120,000 – $163,000
Expected Pay Range in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York $125,100 – $170,000
Please note that quoted salary ranges are not guarantees of what final salary offers may be. Base pay is based on market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Base pay is only one part of the Total Rewards that MWE provides to compensate and recognize our staff professionals for their work. Full time positions are eligible for a discretionary bonus and a comprehensive benefits package.

As part of our ongoing commitment to be #AlwaysBetter for our people, clients and communities, we have created a culture of belonging that champions your individuality as both a person and a professional. From our competitive compensation, top benefits and award-winning professional development programs to industry-leading wellness initiatives, we support you through every stage of your life and career. With McDermott, you can live a life you love both in and outside of the office.

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