This role offers you the opportunity to enjoy company-wide visibility and grow your career as you support the Alkali Chemicals Division and Industrial Chemicals Group. As Division Lead Accountant, you will join a team of six talented financial professionals, where it will be your responsibility to oversee and assist with a variety of accounting functions including financial reporting, month-end close, account reconciliations and much more. This is a highly visible, cross-functional role, where you will work closely with a variety of departments and leaders throughout our global company, giving you great exposure and ample room to expand your skill set and take on new responsibilities. Work hard, demonstrate your talent and prove yourself, and this role could position you to pursue a variety of future opportunities within our growing company.
FMC is an S&P 500, diversified specialty chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets for more than a century. As a global leader in advanced technologies and customer-focused research and development, FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, specialty and related industries. This position is based in our corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa.
Pictured: FMC was named one of the Top Workplaces in Philadelphia in 2010, 2011 and 2012, as voted by employees.
Although holding a master’s degree or CPA isn’t a requirement for this role, the ideal candidate for this position should be interested in pursuing a higher degree or professional certification down the line. This role serves as a platform to grow into managerial and leadership roles throughout the company, so a willingness to pursue one or the other will be important for future success and growth.
Specifically, to be a good fit for this opportunity you will have:
A bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.
A minimum of 5-6 years of progressive experience in accounting; preferably general accounting with internal control experience in the chemical industry.
Previous managerial experience.
A strong background in accounting theory with demonstrated competence and a good understanding of branch accounting.
SAP experience and/or familiarity with another similar major ERP system.
Proficiency in Excel and other PC applications.
Proven analytical, problem solving, and process improvement abilities.
Experience with multiple corporate entities, consolidations and non-controlling interests.
A self-starter mentality with the ability to perform with minimal supervision.
A dedication towards results and continuous improvement.
Strong interpersonal skills to effectively interface with various levels of management.
Reporting to the Financial Control Manager, as the Division Lead Accountant, you will oversee a variety of accounting activities to support the Alkali Chemicals Division and Industrial Chemicals Group. You will be heavily involved in the month-end close, reporting, monthly forecasting and much more, and we’ll also look to you to serve as the resident expert on our consolidations system. You will also help support and implement improvement changes to accounting processes as appropriate, which will include improving efficiency and performance of the department by continually utilizing SAP software and other business applications to the fullest extent, as well as streamlining existing business processes.
Depending on your experience and skill set, you may oversee one direct report, the Accounting Clerk, who performs most of the routine transactional requirements for the ICG Headquarters. Functioning as the liaison between plant and Division, Group and Corporate management, you will also work closely with the Manufacturing location in Green River, Wyoming, the Corporate Accounting and Consolidations group, Cost Center Managers, Customer Service and various other departments and leaders throughout FMC.
On an ongoing basis, you will:
Maintain the accounting records for the Alkali Chemicals Division and Industrial Chemicals Group Headquarters, including, but not limited to, proper financial statement line item and legal entity classification, swaps, customer rebates, sales taxes, and intercompany accounts including cash.
Handle reporting of monthly results as required by Division, Group and Corporate, with primary responsibility for submitting results into consolidation system and generating reports, as well as foreign currency hedge reporting requirements.
Coordinating month-end closes in compliance with GAAP, Corporate Financial Standards and FMC Wyoming Joint Venture Agreement.
Responsible for monthly account reconciliations and variance analysis.
Assist in annual budget preparation.
Assist in monthly financial forecasts.
Be involved in business process improvement teams.
Provide financial support to Marketing department.
Provide assistance and insight into Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and reporting, particularly in the "Financial Reporting" section.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
Professional advancement -- FMC wants their employees to grow and develop. You're already an expert in accounting and this position will continue to enhance your skills. Beyond the advancement of your hard skills, you'll sharpen your interpersonal and communication abilities, and continue to add professional polish and experience working with leadership and other key departments.
Career growth -- you'll work with a talented, dynamic group of professionals who have a passion for their work. You can really dig in and make a difference. Prove yourself and you could advance in the role, taking even greater responsibility, move into another related area, or even make a global move. With your talent and our growth, any number of opportunities could become available. In fact, this opportunity is open because the person previously in this role has been promoted.
High impact now and later -- you'll be able to make an impact in short order, building credibility and directly communicating in such a way that you’ll build a strong team dynamic. Your influence will reverberate and you’ll be able to make a mark on the position and larger company over the long run.
Growth environment -- CEO Pierre Brondeau is focused on growth by 2015 and we have a number of corporate-wide initiatives under way to accomplish this. Our expansion will create opportunities for strong performers. It is not just where we do business, but how we do business that matters, FMC is committed to a set of core values that sets a global standard for employee and process safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Company stability -- FMC offers a stable profile: we've been in business 127 years; our company is diversified across agricultural, industrial, and specialty chemicals; and we're active in markets across the globe. However, committed to innovation, we're continuously trying new ideas and exploring new markets.
Excellent compensation -- in addition to a competitive salary and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits that include all you would expect plus some pleasant surprises, such as retirement savings and 401(k) plans, flexible spending accounts, and more. Benefits packages go into effect on the date you start!
Keys to Success
To excel in this role, you’ll need to have a good enough understanding of the business to be able to determine whether our financial statements are correctly stated. Taking insight from meetings and reports, you will use the information you have on hand to raise a red flag if something doesn’t look correct and take the appropriate action to find out where the discrepancy may be. You’ll need to be confident and have the interpersonal finesse to question the status quo, and have the ability to gather information from various departments from your reporting and analysis. Strong problem solving and communication skills will be essential to find success in this role.
We’re also looking for someone who has the theoretical and business understanding to be able to pick up whatever piece of the pie we need to give them – whether that is selling and administrative expenses or inventory and costs of goods sold. We take pride in our collaborative, team environment and you should be flexible and willing to take on additional duties when needed.
FMC Corporation is committed to providing employees with ample opportunities to contribute, lead and be recognized as innovators; to look beyond barriers to provide solutions; to be challenged in what they do; and to love doing it. FMC is an S&P 500 company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century.
FMC employs nearly 5,000 people across a broad range of occupations in locations across the world. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, processes, and markets. Employees enjoy competitive compensation, a comprehensive menu of work/life benefits, and opportunities to continue developing skills and building a career.
FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EEO, AAE, and supports a drug free workplace.
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