Mayer Brown LLP

  • Director of Financial Operations

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 6 days ago(6 days ago)
    Job ID
    # of Positions Remaining
    Experience (Years)
    Accounting - Controller/Director
    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., with additional hours as needed as an exempt employee
    Job Type
  • Overview

    Mayer Brown LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in 26 key business centers across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are a collegial, collaborative and diverse firm where highly motivated individuals with an unwavering commitment to excellence receive the opportunity, support and development they need to grow, thrive and realize their greatest potential.


    If you enjoy working with team members whose defining characteristics are achievement, initiative, professionalism, responsiveness and adaptability, you may be the person we are seeking to join our Finance – Operations department in Chicago as a Director of Financial Operations.




    • Manage general financial operations, including: billing, cash applications and accounts payable
    • Oversee all U.S. billing, accounts payable and cash applications personnel
    • Must become familiar with/expert in all core financial processes, systems and work flows
    • Become familiar with strategies other law firms and professional services firms are using to improve the cash cycle; work with CFO and Firm Management to improve the Firm's strategies/tactics
    • Maintain expense reimbursement policies for lawyers and staff for out-of-pocket expenses; oversee expense reimbursement process
    • Support/collaborate with Director of Procurement on key procurement projects, including the implementation of new processes, systems and controls
    • Become familiar with major e-billing platforms; identify opportunities to improve the way we work with these platforms, drive best practices
    • Review current processes and methodologies for cost recovery; develop strategies to increase recovery, reduce errors/leaks, etc.
    • Assist partners through preparing various accounting reports (e.g., billing and realization, AR and WIP) and explaining/analyzing as necessary. Train/coach partners in use of existing reports and analytical tools
    • Lead I.T. projects as requested (e.g., new office integration, new software/upgrades)
    • Management Accountabilities include performance management, compensation analysis, training and development, employee relations
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    • Bachelor’s Degree required. Degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics, and familiarity with professional service Firms a plus
    • Minimum 8 years of experience
    • Previous supervisory experience required (including large clerical/non-exempt staff)
    • Computer proficiency required. Familiarity with presentation and spreadsheet software preferred. Aderant and Chrome River (or other workflow expense reimbursement systems) experience is essential
    • Must possess strong analytical and problem solving abilities.
    • Excellent communication skills required, along with the ability to prepare and give presentations in group meetings. Must be able to manage a heavy workload and meet critical deadlines
    • Must be comfortable operating at a detailed level, but also able to step back and see the “big picture”
    • Effective project and process management skills
    • Minimal lifting; up to 20 lbs.


    We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental/vision/life/and AD&D insurance, 401(k) savings plan, back-up childcare and eldercare, generous paid time off (PTO), as well as opportunities for professional development and growth.  EOE m/f/d/v/so





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