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European Financial Accountant

  • GE Aviation
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/23/2017 11:14:29 AM
  • 2830137
  • Job Function: Finance
  • Business Segment: Aviation Finance
Location(s): United Kingdom ; Cheltenham

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Role Summary:
The role is a critical part of the Accounting Centre of Excellence in Europe reporting into the European Accounting CoE Work Stream Leader. The Accounting CoE Financial Accountant will be responsible for ensuring the US GAAP balances and transactions under their remit are accounted for consistently, compliantly and as efficiently as possible across all European entities under the CoE’s remit.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Responsible for the process design, accounting & controls for a number of balances of the sites managed by the European Accounting CoE
• Responsible for maintaining detailed understanding of the balance sheet, management of the more technical areas and ensure all risks and opportunities on the balance sheet are identified and managed accordingly
• Assist the Accounting CoE Work Stream Leader to identify and eliminate accounting differences across sites, define best practice and support the general controllership process of each including project work where required
• Supporting the European Accounting CoE and Global Operations teams at month ends and quarter ends to close the books in the most efficient manner possible
• Engage with a broad range of Finance teams, including other CoEs, business partners and on occasion operational teams in order to ensure the balances under your control are accounted for consistently, compliantly and as efficiently as possible
• Delivery of month end reporting process across local accounting systems to tight timescales
• Work with other sites to produce consolidated quarterly balance sheet commentaries
• Thoroughly analyse & understand balance sheet to drive operating performance in the business
• Monthly reconciliations of local ledgers to reported US GAAP ledgers
• Preparation and submission of monthly and quarterly Balance Sheet Reconciliations
• Write technical papers where required on arising accounting matters
• Ad hoc reporting requirements as required
• Flexibility to adapt working patterns around key deadlines e.g. Qtr end close


• Degree qualified or relevant work experience or equivalent knowledge and experience
• Fully qualified professional accountant (CIMA/ACCA/ACA/QBE) with post qualification experience in a large company or equivalent expertise through relevant work experience
• Strong background in Financial Accounting

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance is required and must be maintained for this role. Please note that in the event that BPSS clearance cannot be obtained, you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security. Please see the link below for further details regarding the requirements for BPSS clearance

Desired Characteristics:

• Strong/Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
• Proven record working within a manufacturing and/or engineering environment
• Experience of key business systems (role dependent)
• Understanding of key Accounting standards (IFRS and US GAAP depending upon role)
• Be able to show you can develop strong cross functional relationships & networks in order to complete your work
• Experienced in managing or influencing teams/individuals
• Able to fluently speak and write in English language
• Self starter who can demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and on their own initiative. You must be able to show you can pick up new challenges and run with them with little supervision
• Positive can-do approach
• Flexible work style, ability to work under pressure & must be able to work on own initiative
• Ability to anticipate, identify and resolve financial issues.
• Ability to recognize the need for, and drive, process improvements and efficiencies
• Experience of key business systems

Locations: United Kingdom ; Cheltenham

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
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