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Date:  14-Jan-2023
Location: 

Berlin, DE

Company:  Springer Nature Group

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Director Group Accounting (f/m/d)

Location: Berlin

 

Purpose of the role

As Director Group Accounting you will head the Group Accounting team based in Berlin, and report directly to the EVP Financial Reporting & Accounting. The main responsibility is to prepare timely and accurate IFRS compliant Group financial statements to provide it to internal and external stakeholders.

 

Key tasks

  • Manage and develop a team of 8 in Berlin
  • Compile timely and accurate monthly /yearly IFRS Group financial statements and other reports to senior management, shareholders and external parties
  • Pivotal role in the preparation of the monthly report to senior management, shareholders and external parties
  • Continuously improving the group reporting process, related financial processes and workflows thereby also driving automation and strengthening internal controls 
  • Ensuring compliance with Group financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Coordinating Group audit and acting as primary contact for auditors 
  • Provide monthly/quarterly analysis of the balance sheet and cash flow movements 
  • Contribute to forecast and budgets and coordinate certain aspects of these processes 
  • Manage special projects as e.g. purchase price allocations
  • Participate in Central Finance projects as e.g. portfolio changes
  • Provide support to other Central Finance departments 
  • Maintain the Group Accounting Manual and Consolidation Manual updated 

 

Key relationships

  • With local accounting teams to ensure timely/accurate monthly reporting and also to improve reporting process
  • Align all matters of Financial Reporting with Director of Group Management Reporting to e.g. ensure timely/accurate reporting of monthly results and provide analysis as requested
  • With other Central Finance department to ensure consistency in financial reporting but also to provide support as needed
  • With the business to assess accounting treatment of e.g. new business models, complex contracts etc. to ensure correct/timely reflection in the accounts 
  • With external auditors to ensure smooth, timely and efficient audit of the Group financial statements
  • With Senior Management to provide analysis as requested 

 

 

Qualifications

  • Degree in economics, finance, business administration or the like

 

Experience

  • At least 7 years of work experience with an international Group in group financial reporting/accounting or alternatively with a Big Four Audit firm
  • Experience in supervising/leading a team in a similar context
  • Practical experience with SAP Finance/Controlling system environment 
  • Experience with Hyperion Financial Management consolidation/reporting software as a plus 

 

Skills / Knowledge

  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Motivating leadership personality
  • Hands-on mentality and high engagement level
  • Skilled communicator and team-player
  • Very strong knowledge in IFRS and consolidation accounting and solid knowledge of German commercial law (HGB) 
  • Strong business language proficiency in English and German
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively with both senior business management and senior finance management
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel 

 

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter that conveys your interest and motivation for the role
  • A CV which should include a brief account of your accomplishments and other relevant experiences 

 

If you are an internal candidate, please inform your manager about your application for this role.

At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.

 

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