Sunday, June 26, 2011

Accounting Manager, Luxembourg (Luxembourg,)

Accounting Manager

Amazon opened its virtual doors in 1995 and strives to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might

want to buy online.

Amazon is currently looking for a highly analytical, efficient, forward-thinking Accounting Manager to join its ever-growing team at our European headquarters in the

vibrant city of Luxembourg.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a diverse and multicultural country located in the heart of Europe, bordered by France, Belgium and Germany, with a total

population of around half a million. Luxembourg has Luxembourgish, French and German as national languages, with English spoken by the many expatriates and

most locals. Luxembourg is known for banking, steel and a number of EU institutions plus an increasing number of technology-centric organizations. Luxembourg

boasts a rich cultural scene and a high standard of living.

As part of its expansion, Amazon is looking for an experienced Accounting Manager as a key member of the European and Global Accounting function, who will

lead a small team, take responsibility for the accounting aspects of Luxembourg-based legal entities and manage the production of annual accounts under LuxGAAP.

The accounting for these entities encompasses complex accounting flows generated in multiple ledgers by teams based in various geographies with the participation of

stakeholders operating from different locations.

The position holder will play an active role in global initiatives and projects, and will represent the Luxembourg accounting function in various internal forums.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Owning the local statutory and accounting compliance systems and processes for the Luxembourg entities, ensuring that they meet the highest quality standards in cooperation with global accounting teams, tax and legal departments, and others as required. Continuously oversee compliance with group and local requirements.
- Prepare the statutory accounts of the Luxembourg entities under LuxGAAP based on US GAAP ledgers. Coordinate and lead the preparation of related analysis

and supporting schedules.
- Take part in cross-country, international accounting and cross-functional project teams and proactively work with systems teams.
- Take overall responsibility for the monthly, quarterly and yearly closing of the local ledgers for group and statutory purposes. Implement and maintain adequate

mechanisms and forums for reviews, decision making and escalation with peers, managers and other stakeholders.
- Take a leading role in audit processes.
- Drive continuous improvement, standardisation, reengineering of processes and controls and implementation of best practices in order to obtain the highest integrity

in the Financial Statements both under local and US GAAP and in order to create, maintain and deepen the control environment in general and in response to Internal

Audit findings.
- Influence and articulate accounting and finance terminology to the non-finance community. Generate and maintain awareness across the different functions about

accounting and controllership requirements according to applicable law, regulations and internal policies.
- Key contact point for communication with external parties, including but not limited to auditors, consultants, authorities and service providers.

Experience and Skills
- Deep knowledge of Luxembourg GAAP and statutory requirements as well as international accounting standards (US GAAP or IFRS)
- Relevant professional experience, ideally gained within one of the "big-four"; preferably a qualified accountant (CA, CPA, ACCA or equivalent)
- Excellent analytical skills. Detail-oriented but able to reflect on and understand the big picture.
- A strong team player, able to operate globally, cross-functionally and at all levels of the organization.
- Proactive, process- and results-driven, able to set priorities right and committed to deadlines.
- Experience in working for a medium to large international company, preferably in a fast-paced and changing environment.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Fluent English is mandatory.
- Experienced ERP user, strong computer literacy in general.
- University degree in business/economics/ accounting or other relevant discipline
- French is an asset though not mandatory
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