• Finance Manager, PR Firm

    Operations (Finance, HR, IT, Administration)
    Position Type
    Full-Time Salary
  • Overview


    Ketchum Chicago is looking for a strategic, business-savvy and highly analytical Finance Manager to manage its financial operations. This includes managing financial reporting, working capital management, vendor contract management and client contract compliance in an incredibly fast-paced, dynamic and client-focused environment. The role will serve as senior financial counselor to the office director/general manager on operational and financial matters related to the business’s overall financial strategies (both internal and external). 

    About the Job

    • Have a solid understanding of client contracts to ensure financial compliance.
    • Partner with new business team to assist in responding to RFP’s.
    • Assist with negotiating vendor agreements and managing external resources.
    • Assist with building fee proposals and fee reconciliations for clients.
    • Help lead finance meetings with Digital Strategy teams and review the status of monthly staffing to help drive staff utilization and other client finance issues.
    • Coach internal teams and customize team training on financial/operational best practices. related to pricing and financial performance.
    • Develop new ideas to streamline and improve operational processes and efficiency of financial reporting to both corporate operations and internal management.
    • Assist in month-end close process.
    • Assist with preparation of annual financial plan including capacity, income and expense, capital budget and supporting schedules.
    • Assist with updating monthly forecasts and provide detailed variance analysis for submission to local and corporate office.
    • Represent Ketchum in a professional manner and build strong relationships with business teams, adding value and providing strategic counsel.
    • Be flexible, strategic, creative and service-oriented when working with individuals at all levels of the agency.
    • Develop knowledge of current industry and business trends and understanding of financial implications using KPIs or other metrics common in the professional  services industry.



    • Any combination of education and experience providing the required skills and knowledge for successful performance would qualify. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.
    • 8+ years of progressively responsible experience in finance/accounting in the public relations or a related industry, with at least one year in a supervisory capacity.
    • Demonstrated excellent communication and relationship-building skills, commitment to client service
    • Experience managing a P&L at the local level
    • Outstanding financial acumen and expertise in using financial systems and Excel for financial modeling and data manipulation. 
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
    • Proven ability to be strategic, flexible, creative and service-oriented when dealing with individuals throughout the organization.
    • Experience with PeopleSoft application preferred as well as knowledge of Cognos.
    • Excellent time management, prioritization and organizational skills are critical.
    • Systems specification and implementation experience
    • Knowledge of Service Area metrics or KRIs
    • Experience developing financial tools used my senior management

    About Ketchum

    As a global public relations and communications agency with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum builds brands and reputations for clients.  We start conversations, build communities and engage stakeholders—and have a lot of fun doing it.  We inspire and empower our people to think about products, companies, issues and challenges in a different way.   And we’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.


    We believe great ideas shatter expectations, change thinking and build brands.  We call this break through, and it’s our mission to deliver it.  How?  Very simply—our people.  By listening, cultivating diverse perspectives and rewarding fearless creativity, we’ve developed a culture of break through.  

    What we offer

    • Robust benefits program 
    • Generous time off policies 
    • Retirement program with company match 
    • Workplace flexibility 
    • Business casual dress code 
    • Workplace and off-site social gatherings 
    • Yoga @ work 
    • Professional learning and development opportunities 
    • Tuition reimbursement 
    • Paid maternity/paternity leave 
    • Transit benefits

    Interested?  We’ve got an opportunity for you.




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