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Senior Finance Associate/Controllership(Revenue Recognition & Client Accounting) (Evanston, IL)

ZS is the world’s largest consulting firm focused exclusively on improving business performance through sales and marketing consulting solutions, from customer insights and strategy to analytics, operations and technology. Together, we design and implement strategies that lead to greater market share, more competitive operations and increased use of today’s latest technologies. From our worldwide offices, ZS professionals draw on deep industry and domain expertise to deliver impact where it matters for clients. We are particularly known for our expertise in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors, yet work across a range of industries.

ZS’ Corporate Support teams operate the firm’s core internal enterprise functions. Our global teams comprise team-oriented, pragmatic and results-driven people who thrive in a challenging work environment. Our people come from diverse backgrounds, but share a passion for quality customer service and dedication—whether our customer is a client or another ZS employee.

Finance is responsible for all ZS financial matters, including financial planning, analysis, reporting, accounts receivable, general ledger and tax.


We seek an experienced finance professional to join our Global Controllership team, located in our Evanston, IL headquarters.


  • Support ZS’s largest client projects throughout the project lifecycle. Provides reporting & analysis on financial status and outlook;
  • Work with Project Management Teams in managing revenue recognition, forecasts/completion estimates, write-offs and margins;
  • Ensure project financial transactions including billings and collections are maintained in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Work with internal stakeholders to provide them with accurate and timely information as needed
  • Engage effectively with resources at all levels within ZS;
  • Perform monthly governance workstreams to support accounting output, both at project and company level. Contribute to the development and improvement of such processes;
  • Lead and assist with other special projects as necessary.


  • BS/BA degree in Accounting or Finance with strong academic credentials. A CPA qualification is desirable;
  • 2-3 years relevant experience, either in a public accounting firm or for-profit business, preferred but not required;
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Judgment to know when to challenge something and when to lend support
  • Ability to work closely with management teams whilst retaining objective and professional Finance perspective; Motivated and proactive
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, knowledge of SAP desirable;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, consistently meeting deadlines and managing multiple tasks with limited supervision and strong attention to detail.

ZS is a global consulting firm; fluency in English is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is desirable. 
Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.
ZS offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, complete medical/dental/life insurance programs and retirement savings benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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