Chief Accountant

Chief Accountant

TriFinance

Hainaut, Belgium

Position

For one of our client, active in the industry sector, we are urgently looking for a Chief Accountant.

OBJECTIVE/SUMMARY

  • To ensure accurate, consistent and on-time monthly and year-end reporting of several entities in Belgium and abroad
  • To supervise, lead and motivate an accounting team of up to 10 persons
  • To support continuous improvement initiatives across the finance department
  • To work closely with departmental heads across the business and with external partners
  • This person reports to the Director of Accounting and Reporting

RESPONSIBILITIES

DAY-TO-DAY

Statutory accounting (Belgium and France)

  • Lead and supervise the process of the monthly closure by:
    • Analysing/reviewing key elements of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts
    • Reviewing and amending when necessary the existing closure procedures checklist
    • Implementing a proactive accounting approach by further developing a system where the main controls are performed before the month closure ​​​​
  • Prepare the quarterly and annual statutory financial statements of all belgian entities
  • The preparation of the annual statutory financial statements of French entities is outsourced. However you will be in charge of:
    • Providing all necessary data to the consultant
    • Reviewing the financial statements prepared by the consultant
  • Ensure compliance with existing internal control policies and/or establishment of new internal control procedures to guarantee completeness, correctness and security of key financial data and accounting transactions
  • Improve connection between accounting and operations
  • Lead all internal and external audits; be the key reference point for the auditors
  • A big part of fiscal accounting & taxation is outsourced. However, you would be in charge of:
    • Providing data to the fiscal consultant, verifying the accuracy of tax return computation
    • Reviewing VAT accounting for all entities (Belgian, French, German, Spanish)
    • Managing the tax budget and assessing the tax risks/areas of focus
    • Coordinating and following up on tax and VAT developments

IFRS Reporting (Belgium and France)

  • On a monthly basis, perform the IFRS entries and complete the IFRS reporting packages for all entities in Belgium and France
  • At year-end, provide all necessary info to the Consolidation manager in order to prepare the disclosures of the consolidated IFRS Financial Statements
  • Support the projects of implementation of new IFRS, which are led by the Consolidation manager
  • Support the projects of unifying and standardising the IFRS reporting across Europe, which are led by the Director of Accounting and Reporting

Management reporting

  • Maintain and further develop the system of cost centers. Assure the accuracy of cost accounting within these cost centers
  • Perform on-demand ad-hoc analysis as requested by senior management
  • Prepare and present the monthly reports to the “Conseil d’entreprise” (Management Board of the legal entity)

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Discuss/suggest possible improvement, standardisation opportunities and execute the agreed upon process changes within your own area
  • Roles and tasks are currently reviewed within the accounting team and an assessment of the team is in progress; personal development plans to be put in place
  • Improvement in the employee morale is needed
  • Other ad hoc projects assigned by the supervisor

Requirements

  • 5+ years of professional work experience as chief accountant or similar position
  • 5+ years of experience of team management
  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Accounting/Finance or related field
  • In-depth accounting knowledge (Belgian GAAP, French GAAP and IFRS)
  • Basic knowledge of tax issues (Belgian, French) such as tax return computations, VAT, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of internal financial controls in an organisation and experience in general audit procedures
  • Professional literacy in both English and French
  • Working knowledge of SAP (FI module)
  • Strong PC skills including Excel, Word, and Power Point

Highly desirable

  • Previous professional work experience in BIG 4 or another multinational organisation & ACCA/ACA/CPA qualification
  • Proven track record of (be prepared to give examples):
    • Supervising, coaching and motivating people
    • Continuous improvement of processes
    • Strong project management skills
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment - this includes a high energy level and ability to perform multifaceted projects in conjunction with normal activities
  • Effective communication skills to relay company objectives to staff as well as being able to translate complicated financial terms to business
  • Strong analytical and organisational skills
  • Ability to demonstrate previous continuous professional development (languages, certificates, areas of expertise, …)

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