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Chief Accountant – WeFreight America

Work area: Finance & Accounts Location: New Jersey, United States of America Employment Type: Full time Job ID: 17926

Job purpose

We are looking for a detail-oriented senior accounting professional to perform and coordinate accounting duties within our organization. The responsibilities include preparing financial reports, performing account reconciliations, maintaining the general ledger, preparing tax returns, assisting with audit preparations, and performing other accounting duties as assigned

To be successful in the role, you should have a solid working knowledge of IFRS and strong financial analysis skills. An outstanding applicant should also possess strong Excel skills, be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work with little to no supervision and perform under pressure. This role will report to the Regional Finance Team.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Prepare accurate financial-statement and month-end-close reports
  • Reconcile accounts, resolving discrepancies and collaborating across various Finance and non-Finance functions optimally
  • Analyze journals, produce data analysis and reports and assist with variance analysis
  • Assemble the annual audit information for external auditors
  • Liaise with Internal Auditors External Auditors
  • Liaise with treasury for release of payments in coordination with them
  • As a partner in the accounting process, recommend how to improve efficiency using automation
  • Manage all accounting transactions
  • Publish financial statements in time
  • Handle monthly, quarterly, and annual closings
  • Reconcile accounts payable and receivable
  • Handling Cash Flow Projection
  • Monthly MIS reporting
  • Ensure timely bank payments.
  • Responsible for month-end close and accounting activities including but not limited to: amortization, depreciation, Accruals, reclass, provisions etc.
  • Coordinating with the local team in the Shared service Centre.
  • Ensure the timely close/completion of bank recons, AP module, AR module.
  • Ensuring that revenue & COS & intercompany transactions are reconciled properly.
  • Prepare balance sheet schedules (prepayments, loan schedule, AP ageing, deposits etc.)
  • Fixed asset register maintenance, keeping a track of assets needed to be capitalized.
  • Liaising with the Tax Consultant locally to ensure all taxes are paid in time and calculated correctly
  • Assisting in preparing the financial pack for month end close.
  • Prepare VAT return, consolidate VAT data and reconcile it with the books balance and submit VAT and WHT.
  • Ensure all transactions are accounted including documentation (invoices, supporting documentation).
  • As a partner in the accounting process, recommend how to improve efficiency using automation.
  • Provide other business support as required.
  • Report on the company’s financial health and liquidity
  • Reinforce financial data confidentiality and conduct database backups when necessary Comply with financial policies and regulations

Key interactions (Internal | External)

External: Customers

Internal: Corporate Users

Background and experience

  • 5+ years’ experience in a similar role with a Freight Forwarding industry background.
  • Previous experience using Cargowise (CW1).
  • Knowledge of US GAAP.
  • Knowledge of local Tax laws.
  • Auditing experience.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent documentation, communication, and IT skills.

Competencies and skills

  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Interest in freight forwarding and supply chain management and its impact on daily business practices.
  • Skilled at working in tandem, with a team of people, or alone as required.

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