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General Accounting Lead



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Job Purpose/Overview


At Lavazza, the General Accounting Lead will be responsible for the internal and externals financial reporting, and is accountable for the accurate and timely recording and analysis of the general accounting activities to ensure proper application of GAAP accounting standards. This role reports to the Regional Controller and will be a key player in the financial period closing process and developing internal financial controls to ensure they are in place and working effectively. Support the financial leadership with financial analyses and insights.


Location: West Chester, PA



Key Responsibilities


•    Lead the periodic financial closing and reporting process.
•    Partner business teams to drive accurate, timely and complete corporate financial reporting.
•    Support the preparation of complex journal entries during period end close activities.
•    Reconcile complex balance sheet accounts and investigate/resolve variances within deadlines. 
•    Perform complex ad-hoc financial analysis, as required.
•    Recommend enhancement of the business processes and financial systems; as a key user partner with IT to test and implement financial systems’ changes.
•    Lead process documentation efforts for the General Accounting function.
•    Maintain an adequate internal control environment and make recommendations regarding improvements to control activities as it relates to period closing, Master Data and internal- and external reporting.
•    Support external and internal audit requests as it relates reconciliations and reporting requests.
•    Lead the post close Park & Post control review.
•    Key functional expert as it relates to General Ledger and Controlling master data set up.
•    Liaison with HQ Accounting team to create/extend GL accounts to company codes, validate account setting for correctness in order to support internal and external reporting.
•    Liaison with HQ Accounting team to create and maintain cost center master records and cost center hierarchies and validate requests for accuracy and completeness.
•    Recommend changes to cost elements groups and hierarchies as requested and validate request for accuracy and completeness.
•    Recommend standardization and efficiency improvements to cost center, cost element and allocation cycle structures.



Job Specifications/Qualifications

•    Four-year college degree from an accredited institution, Accounting / Finance or Business
•    MBA or CPA degree preferred
•    3 to 5 years of relevant experience
•    In-depth knowledge of General Accounting practices, GAAP and internal controls
•    Statutory Accounting knowledge and strong Financial Control acumen 
•    Excellent SAP and Microsoft Office skills (including advance Excel, Power BI skills)
•    Ability to initiative, develop and deploy process improvements
•    Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to convince, influence, and motivate all levels within the business in order to achieve objectives.

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