Financial Services Accountant

Lake County, IL, US
Sep 18, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
The Area Financial Services organization was established as one of the key new operating model for AbbVie to provide accurate financial accounting and reporting for all international affiliates & PCYC. The Financial Services Accountant will play a critical role in the preparation of financial statements for Americas & PCYC. This position will work closely with a number of stakeholders across the organization to support financial decision-making process by collecting, analyzing and reporting financial data.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Review key account reconciliations and drive improvement action plan
  • Review monthly balance sheet variances vs benchmark & Prior Month and provide commentary
  • Work closely with affiliate and Area on the creation and submission of the yearly Plan and Update for the balance sheet
  • Review and settle intercompany disputes
  • Manage and coordinate the financial close process
  • Implement the corporate reporting requirements in the region
  • Account for special projects, e.g. mergers, acquisitions, investments, disposals, etc.
  • Communicate and coordinate controlling master data updates
  • Review financial and accounting analysis involving complex transactions including but not limited to fixed asset activity, intercompany activity and cost allocations
  • Research and resolve discrepancies and technical accounting issues as necessary
  • Work closely with personnel in all functional areas to ensure compliance with company accounting and operational guidelines as well as GAAP
  • Assist in audit preparation and all other projects assigned
  • Propose accounting treatment in line with Corporate policies for complex transactions
  • Work in close partnership with the respective Finance Director and Controller to ensure integrity of the ledgers and full compliance with Accounting Policies
  • Propose and implement initiatives aimed to improve efficiency and quality of the process
  • Review changes to chart of accounts

  • SAP & Accounting Systems
  • Reconciliation Tool ( Blackline preferred)
  • MS Office

Business Knowledge
  • Chart of Accounts
  • SOX Policies
  • Intercompany Transaction Policy
  • Fixed Asset Accounting Policy
  • Inventory Management Policy
  • Project Accounting Policy
  • Cost/Inventory Accounting Policy
  • Treasury Policy and Banking Systems
  • Business Process, Corporate Policy (compliance &completeness)
  • Financial Data Flows

Technical Knowledge
  • Advanced Accounting (US GAAP)
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Cost/Inventory Accounting
  • Project Accounting

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in accounting, planning and financial analysis
  • Experience with SAP a plus
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal skills enabling effective communication with all levels of management
  • Individual must be self-motivated with great follow-up skills and be able to work independently
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills are required
  • Ability to integrate perspectives with strong sense of ownership and focus on results
  • Project management and change management experience
  • Strong organizational skills required to coordinate and manage multiple cross divisional work process and projects
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required

Key Leadership Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.
  • Learns, fast, grasps the "essence" and can change the course quickly where indicated.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.