Vacancy

Regional Accounting Operations Teamlead / BU Accou,
Full-time

United States, Tennessee, Nashville

Business unit: Finance Functions

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.

Responsibility

About the company
 
AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.
 
Responsibilities
- Coordinate and assign work to analysts to conform to monthly cycle, ensuring a fair workflow during the month, and an effective split during month closing
- Responsible for and advises on operational complex and judgment based general accounting (e.g. complex (non-rule based) accruals) and recurring month-end activities that require judgment
- Responsible for all operational activities with regard to the consolidation of legal entity statements and local statutory reporting in the region
- Providing accounting technical guidance and assistance across the defined region and business regarding IFRS and local GAAP
- Drive compliance with rules and regulations set by global accounting in operations team
- Drive standardization and quality in balance sheet reconciliation
- Monitor GBS service delivery (e.g.): - Balance sheet reconciliations
- Month-end close process

- Communicate with GBS on performance, new developments, info requests, WEB Fem application and approval of specific entries. Active participation in GBS user panels, effective alignment with Service Delivery Managers.
- Support Regional Accounting Operations Manager (RAOM) in liaising with local authorities and internal / external auditors
- Involve specialists in specific accounting topics where specific / deep knowledge is required
- Identify and signal recurring issues for further process improvement and further drive process improvement in the RAC
- Harmonizes processes between the team members, and initiates documentation of and adherence to these new processes
- Responsible for the quality and content of the consolidated BU Balance sheet and P&L from an accounting point of view- Review and initiate postings related to non-routine events and issues including issuing accounting pape rs (e.g. provision, claims, major incidents, restructurings), derivatives, hedge, legacy- and pension accounting
- Review consolidated numbers and provide accounting comments
- Prepare BU Sign-off of consolidated BU/SMU numbers
- Provide advice to RAC operations team regarding A-Forms for specific BU
- Visit sites, track issues and monitor closing scripts

- Responsible for correct and timely BU financial reporting to BU/BA management and Global - Determine closing schedules for the BU in collaboration with the BU controller and the RAC
- Clarify and confer complex accounting topics to specialists in RAC like tax, pensions, environmental liabilities, insurances, acquisitions and divestments – rely on specialists in RAC
- Coordinate one-off and incidental reporting items
- Provide clarification of internal reports to BU management (monthly, quarterly, annually; accounting and management reporting, including environmental liabilities)

- Responsible for accounting processes within BU- Carry out compliance and CSAT tasks for BU closing cycle and other accounting related subjects and give advice to RAC operations team
- Participate in IT projects and review IT enhancements within ERP system, drive one (multiple) BU wide concept as per ERP system
- Drive improvement of accounting and reporting processes for the BU in collaboration with the RAC

- BU focal point and Business partner for a variety of departments, functional areas and external auditors for accounting matters - Execute Business Partner role towards other BU Functional area’s incl. BUMT and BU controllers in relation to accounting subjects
- Act as BU focal point for the accounting treatment in the BU towards other stakeholders such as the RAC and global functions
- Guide BU input for external audit (Q review, HC, YEC, various audits/ AUP’s) and internal audit
- Prepare / review of AR’s, material contracts and other subjects that may have an accounting impact
- Manage in control activities for BU (CSAT, NFLOR, FLOR, compliance on application and manual controls, authorization concept, SoD conflicts)

 

Vacancy data

Organisation

Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number

170003VF

Continent

North America

Country

United States

State/Region/Province

Tennessee

Site

Nashville

Business unit

Finance Functions

Job family

Finance

Hierarchy level

Management

Full time/part time

Full-time

Contract type

Permanent


Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Accounting professional with 7+ years of experience in accounting and financial reporting, and capable of analyzing complex processes and issues (2nd or 3rd accounting job)
- Bachelor (or Academic) degree in Accounting or Finance, preferably RA, CMA or similar
- Ability to communicate effectively with counterparts in the organization, is a flexible team worker
- Good organizational skills, able to plan, set priorities and work under time pressure to meet deadlines while keeping ‘an eye’ for the details
- Coordination with multiple stakeholders and conflicting priorities
- Advanced user of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint software
- Preferably have working experience in one or multiple business units / SMUs
- Adequate expertise knowledge in financial accounting (IFRS, accounting processes)
- Good knowledge of accounting in ERP systems (SAP/ MFGPRO knowledge preferred)
- Good understanding of Consolidation Systems, preferably HFM
- Drive continuous improvement agenda in the financial and transactional processes, and monthly closing and reporting processes
- Ability to work and delegate work under severe time pressure during month-end closures and continuously retain ‘an eye’ for the details
- Previous teamlead experience in accounting and able to plan, coordinate and assign work to analysts
- Be able to develop and manage a team and engage team members
- Knowledge & understanding of HFM and the AkzoNobel Financial Reporting process
- Expertise knowledge of IFRS and WEBFem, In Control, AkzoNobel accounting processes, systems and organization
- Knowledge & understanding of SAP(FI/CO)
As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).
 

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