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Finance Manager - SOX Compliance Manager - Central

Company: CBRE
Location: Chicago
Posted on: June 10, 2024

Job Description:

Finance Manager - SOX Compliance Manager - Central

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Chicago - Illinois - United States of America, Dallas - Texas - United States of America, Houston - Texas - United States of America, Milwaukee - Wisconsin - United States of America

Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) - Local is a hard services-led, tailored facility management solution. We self-perform hard services while partnering with best-in-class soft service providers to offer custom facility and project management solutions to our clients. We focus on empowering our team with a high-level of downstream accountability resulting in an agile and efficient service delivery.

In addition to our core facility and project management capabilities, our platform offers direct access to our Best-in-Class services including ESG, Security Consulting, Workplace Strategy, and Workplace Experience.

About the Role:

As a CBRE Finance Manager, you will manage the team responsible for producing limited output associated with Finance Strategy and Operations, including but not limited to the annual budget preparation, monthly forecasts, strategic planning, and management reporting.

This job is part of the Financial Strategy and Operations job function. They are responsible for maintaining accounting, financial, and reporting policies and controls.

What you'll do

--- Developing high-quality and effective Client relationships, especially across the Business Unit.

--- Build good working relationships with account management and key client's members and be a business partner for both.

--- Tightly manage contract governance, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the terms and conditions of the contract to ensure that all cost elements are appropriately accounted for.

--- Assist with client team requests in a timely and accurate manner.

--- Positively respond to both our internal and external customers (often in a matrix environment) through effective communication and personal accessibility/credibility.

--- Monthly formal Contract and Business unit reviews. Ensure use of standard process, communication and understanding of key business messages through monthly site visits with focus on underperforming contracts.

--- Collaborating closely with the CBRE US Finance or GWS US Financial Planning and Analysis team to fulfill any ad hoc information requests.

--- Support any GWS transformation and client initiatives, working closely with other functions to ensure full alignment of outputs and results.

--- Prepare accurate Business Unit reports in line with monthly company timetable including full Profit & Loss account with analysis and commentary, Balance Sheet extracts and reconciliations, detailed Project Profitability reporting, Profit & Loss forecasts and annual plans.

--- Ad-hoc reporting as requested by Divisional Finance Director or Business Unit Director.

--- Provide best-in-class Management Information to both Client and GWS management to include Actuals v Budget.

--- Provide ad-hoc support and financial analysis as required.

--- Continually review, maintain and improve cash-flow, margins and reporting. Develop targets and benchmarking processes to challenge the financial information.

--- Drive high quality financial / commercial performance through understanding the contractual commitments on service lines in US and ensure is aligned and consistent with global contract management practices.

--- Identify and help drive implementation of savings opportunities to ensure Client and GWS financial savings targets are optimized.

--- Review Contract and Business Unit P&L results and challenge.

--- Carry out regular Business Unit reviews and Project reviews.

--- Active management of overheads for business whilst seeking out areas for efficiencies for savings.

--- Build and develop high level relationships with business and account leaders, central finance teams, customers and external agencies (e.g. auditors).

--- Constantly improve quality, service and efficiency.

--- Communicate regularly with contract financial and contract support staff to ensure they are fully informed of operational objectives and achievements.

--- Identify, analyze and resolve potential business risks, as well as opportunities and solutions to enhance business performance.

--- Ensure company policies and procedures are adhered to consistently throughout the Business Unit / Contract.

--- Ensure full substantiation of all accruals, un-billed revenue and WIP, in line with GWS policy.

--- Monitor the integrity of data in Client reporting and GWS systems.

--- Develop an understanding of how to best use GWS system-generated reporting capabilities.

--- Continually develop systems to improve efficiency benefits for client & GWS.

--- Ensure the accuracy and integrity of accounting records and financial systems, see opportunities to enhance system efficiencies

--- Have thorough knowledge of procedures and processes and lead the delivery of these to the required standard.

--- Manage compliance through the required procedures and processes.

--- Assisting in the preparation of annual bottom-up Plan for and monitoring the forecast through the year.

--- Ensure balance sheet and cash flow Plans are prepared.

--- Ensure CBRE and statutory obligations are met for reporting and governance purposes.

--- Responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the Balance Sheet and Balance Sheet Commentary.

--- Ensure monthly balance sheet reconciliations are carried out, reviewed and maintained in ART.

--- Driving and agreeing any financial policy requirements with the Divisional Financial Director.

--- Recruit, induct, lead, target, motive and develop the Contract Support team.

--- Review and advise on resourcing gaps.

--- Carry out structured appraisals and ensure personal development plans are in place and include succession plans.

--- Build, lead and motivate a diverse and effective team. Empower team members to take responsibility and accountability.

--- Supervise and review performance of individuals in the team.

--- Convey messages and ideas clearly and openly. Involve people and influence decisions.

What You'll Need:

--- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States without the need for visa sponsorship now or in the future.

--- Bachelor's Degree preferred with 3-5 years of relevant experience. In lieu of a degree, a combination of experience and education will be considered.

--- Experience in the areas of staffing, selection, training, development, coaching, mentoring, measuring, appraising, and rewarding performance and retention preferred.

--- Ability to guide the exchange of sensitive, complicated, and difficult information, convey performance expectations and handle problems.

--- Leadership skills to motivate team impact on quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the job discipline and department.

--- In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office products. Examples include Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

--- Extensive organizational skills with a strong inquisitive mindset.

--- Intermediate math skills. Ability to calculate complicated figures such as percentages, fractions, and other financial-related calculations.


We lead by example, guided by the needs of the cities we inhabit, the communities we build, and the world we live in. The more perspectives we have, the more dimensions we're able to see. A culture of respect, integrity, service, and excellence shapes our approach to every opportunity.

Our competitive and comprehensive benefits program was designed to make sure you feel valued with benefits that support the mental, physical, emotional, and financial health of you and your family.

Maintain your career momentum with the best tools and training in the industry. You'll have everything you need to thrive in your role: challenging work, dedication to results, fast-paced assignments, and a culture of constant learning.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are more than just values-they're a competitive advantage. By crafting a place where our employees are recognized for their contribution and given a chance to grow, we regularly open ourselves and our business to new opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity: CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Candidate Accommodations: CBRE values the differences of all current and prospective employees and recognizes how every employee contributes to our company's success. CBRE provides reasonable accommodations in job application procedures for individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request via email at or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.


CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) works with clients to make real estate a meaningful contributor to organizational productivity and performance. Our account management model is at the heart of our client-centric approach to delivering integrated real estate solutions. Each client is entrusted with a dedicated leader and is supported by regional and global resources, leveraging the industry's most robust platform. CBRE GWS delivers consistent, measurably superior outcomes for our clients at every stage of the lifecycle, and across industries and geographies.

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