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Job Ref.: 1686

Job Title: Chief Accountant (France) – Biopharmaceuticals – Dublin based – January 2019 – Immediate Vacancy

Sector: Chief Accountant

Location: Ireland, Dublin

Job Type: Permanent full-time

Job description:

Career Opportunities - 2019

Chief Accountant (France) – Biopharmaceuticals – Dublin based – January 2019 – Immediate Vacancy

Our client is a major global biopharmaceutical company who have their European financial solutions centre based in Dublin, Ireland.

They are now looking to recruit a Chief Accountant (France) based out of their Dublin offices to join their senior management team.

The ideal person will have current or previous strong accountancy experience with a European or global commercial organisation and must be fluent in French as a language.

The profile of the role would suit an experienced French Accountant living in Dublin or an experienced Irish Accountant with fluent French as a language (spoken and written)

Job Purpose:

The France Chief Accountant will be responsible for the French group of our clients’ entities, working with French market finance and internal finance strategic solutions departments.

The French Chief Accountant is responsible for local statutory and legal regulatory requirements and will act as the technical accounting advisor to business partners and other stakeholders as required e.g. acquisitions, divestitures, specialised accounting.

The role will require travel to Paris, France on a monthly basis and for short periods at a time as determined by business needs.

Job Description:

People Management:

  • Managing a regional team of Dublin and Paris based colleagues, including team goal setting, individual colleague development & mentoring

Corporate Reporting:

  • US GAAP submissions to NY (e.g. financial submissions and quarterly submissions) for the French entities

  • Review of reconciliations at quarterly Balance Sheet Review and escalation of related issues.

  • Responsible for all balance sheet reconciliations not managed by a sub-ledger

  • Maintain an understanding of the US GAAP Controllership reports and the significant GAAP differences

  • Assistance in completion of French intercompany investment and goodwill impairment reviews

  • Liaise with GFS Financial Reporting Initiative (FRI) team to provide input into the Quarterly FRI process

    Statutory & Regulatory Reporting:

  • Preparation and interpretation of French and US GAAP technical accounting guidance papers

  • Signing KPMG France representation letter

  • Plan and execute annual audits, including managing KPMG's French PBC lists and liaison with / direction to French and Globally based Finance colleagues such as R&D Finance, Enabling Finance, IP Funding Team and Tax Transfer Pricing.

  • Actively participate in periodic profit reviews with the Operational Transfer Pricing CoE ensuring that profit adjustments account for any French /US GAAP differences

  • Final review of Financial Statements (annexe, rapport de gestion, previsionnel) in line with French Accounting principles

  • Prepare French and US GAAP technical accounting guidance papers and provide technical advice to Business Finance, Tax and Business leaders, interacting with Controllers as required

  • Maintain a detailed understanding of the activities and accounting entries of French entities, perform analytical reviews of the French GAAP financial statements and explain material variances

  • Responsible for any local regulatory reporting including Banque de France and submissions to ANSM


  • Responsible for the timely submission of the Liasse Fiscale (tax filing) in conjunction with Global Tax and outsource providers

  • Work closely with Global Tax and local market to support any tax audits or any ad hoc work

    Internal Controls:

  • Responsible for maintenance of and adherence to Internal Controls

  • Work with Corporate audit to ensure timely & satisfactory completion of market Corporate audit in terms of the Market Financial Reporting activities

  • French local market compliance including preparation / input into any SOP's related to Financial Reporting

    Relationship Management:

  • Develop effective working relationships with key stakeholders in US, French market finance, French commercial business partners and strategic solutions. Act as a central point of contact for those stakeholders

  • Acting as liaison between the finance strategic solutions sites worldwide and the French local market

  • Liaise with external stakeholders including Global Tax, Global Operations, Transfer Pricing (NY), IPF team

  • Member of the Statutory Reporting COE management team and the Dublin Management Operations Forum.

    Project Management & Ad-hoc requests:

  • Oversee the implementation of complex projects/issues which require experience and significant technical accounting abilities

  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovate solutions to operate in an efficient and cost effective manner

  • Participate in projects that require analytical and problem solving skills

  • Provide input as required on ad hoc requests from key stakeholders

    Education, Skills and Experience Required

  • Qualified Accountant

  • The ability to communicate proficiently in French (spoken, written, reading) is mandatory

  • Strong knowledge and practical experience of French GAAP and US GAAP

  • Minimum 10+ years of related accounting experience required

  • Minimum 5 years of supervisory experience

  • Experience in a multinational environment required

  • Strong accounting, interpersonal, analytical thinking, and organisational skills a prerequisite. The colleague must be able to analytically review and challenge financial information / statements

  • Ability to work independently, to work under pressure and to handle several projects at once

  • SAP and/or E1 experience preferred

  • Proficiency in PC skills (inc. Word, Excel & Powerpoint)

This is a senior appointment and a competitive salary plus strong benefits package will be reflected in the offer to the successful candidate.

For further information, please call Paul Flanagan at Dublin +353 (1) 805 5522 or email your c/v in the strictest confidence to asap

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