Reporting to the Financial Services Leader, the Accounting Partner is responsible for delivering professional services and financial solutions to the organization. The successful candidate also supports company-wide initiatives, including strengthening the organization’s internal control framework, process improvements and enhancing the overall Finance environment.
DUTIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES include, but not limited to:
- Partner with General Managers to deepen financial insight into their business unit and support information-driven decision making.
- Deliver timely, accurate and relevant financial information about business unit performance, highlighting key opportunities for improvement.
- Present the financial results monthly to the business unit leadership team, including variance analysis to prior periods and to plan.
- Enhance the financial acumen of business unit leadership through close personal engagement to enable the General Manager to present financial information to EVPs and CEO Leadership Team.
- Work with the Finance Business Partner to enable the General Managers to understand the future business state and develop strategy to achieve growth.
- Engage with Customer Focus Teams to enable an understanding of financial results down to the customer level.
- Provide analytics by customer comparing to plan to ensure accurate financial reporting.
- Support the Customer Focus Teams in transacting correctly through the ERP system and troubleshooting issues.
- Engage with Customer Focus Teams to solve problems; such as determining how to invoice a new customer contract that requires building in one business unit and testing in another.
- Lead the month end, quarter end and annual financial close and reporting process in supported business units as well as corporately.
- Prepare financial statements and notes, and other financial reports for all levels of the organization including the Board.
- Maintain financial statements of Mexican legal entity in compliance with local requirements and regulations.
- Ensure finance policies and accounting internal controls are followed through the close, consolidate, report process, including reconciliations, supported journal entries and analysis of balance sheet accounts.
- Improve accounting processes to streamline period end close and financial reporting.
- Work with both internal and external auditors, local and corporate to ensure successful and timely audits.
- Ensure financial reporting systems are set up and maintained to comply with local regulations and corporate requirements.
- Keep financial information structure (ledgers) properly set up and updated to meet all financial reporting needs: local compliance (Mexican tax) and corporate reporting and consolidation.
- Maintain all necessary records and procedures to reconcile and explain the discrepancies between different ledgers (local currency, USD, tax).
- Act as liaison to promote proper communication and understanding of country specific regulations and practices between local parties in Mexico (Tax Professionals, Government Representatives, Banks, etc.) and corporate Finance Teams (Tax, Financial Services, Payroll, etc.).
- Work with the extended Tax and Legal Teams (Corporate and local resources) to ensure all obligations pertaining to an operating Mexican legal entity are fully met and up to date, including but not limited to local and federal taxes (income tax, VAT, payroll tax, etc.), worker related (social security, housing, retirement, etc.), informative returns and reports (foreign investment, statistics, etc.).
- Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in either a full-cycle accounting environment or a public practice accounting firm
- Working for maquiladora industry and experience in multi-ledger financial reporting, preferably under complex matrix organizations supporting various stake holders.
- Working knowledge of corporate financial systems an asset (Oracle & QuickBooks)
- Completion of accounting designation (CPA or equivalent) and university level education
- Strong knowledge of IFRS and ability to apply accounting rules to operational situations, drafting technical memos, proposing journal entries and drafting financial statement notes.
- Understanding of standard and maquila specific Mexican regulations: local and federal taxes, social security, corporate legal books, etc.
- Strong computer skills – MS office suite