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Accounting Lead

Position Overview Key purpose and primary expectations of the job

  • Ensures financial accounts are maintained in line with statutory requirements and US-GAAP by applying appropriate accounting policies and procedures and oversees maintenance of supporting documentation, including creation of external financial reports
  • Ensures strong cooperation with Regional Business Support Center in Prague and Global Shared Service Center to execute on agreed deliverables and processes.
  • Ensures effective financial control environment by understanding, monitoring and executing on local control procedures and that all key controls as defined in the Merck Global and local Control Standards are properly executed and documented.
  • Interacts and coordinates with internal and external auditors and manages Tax audits

Organizational Integration 

  • Reports to Executive Director Finance Nordic & Baltic

Major Activities 

  • Oversees and manages General Ledger and month end close activities to ensure that financial statements are in accordance with US GAAP and statutory requirements for legal entities (Human Health & Animal Health)
  • Reviews (or prepares if not outsourced) VAT returns for accuracy and completeness and ensure timely submission
  • Cooperates with the Regional Business Service Center (BSC) in Prague and Global Shared Service Center to execute on agreed deliverables and processes
  • Ensure tax reporting to the local Tax authorities is done properly
  • Oversees payroll process and ensures delivery of agreed service levels through outsourced payroll provider
  • Calculates entity profitability and transfer price adjustment for statutory accounts.
  • Understands, complies with, and helps others develop an understanding of controls to steward MSDs assets and intellectual capital (e.g. Archer controls updates)
  • Interacts and coordinates with internal and external auditors and manages Tax audits
  • Ensures all accounts are reconciled in a timely manner, balances are accurate and transactions correctly booked (Black line administrator)
  • Educates local organization on MSD standard processes as they relate to Accounting topics (eg StS, PtP processes)
  • Manages financial Accounting Master Data in line with Corp policies and procedures and coordinates with FP&A Lead as necessary to reflect appropriate Management Reporting impacts.
  • Ensures compliance with financial policies & procedures and leads incorporation of new regulations and requirements to support MSDs accounting practices (e.g., US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) reporting and local statutory reporting); builds relationships with external regulatory bodies
  • Ensure that internal tax reporting (iTax) and Financial Control Questionaire (FCQ) reporting to Corporate is done in time
  • Consults Local leadership team on financial compliance related topics (eg revenue recognition)
  • SAP (COMET & ATLAS) sustainment lead and addressing SAP related questions from local organization
  • Liases with appropriate internal and external subject matter experts in order to resolve complex accounting topics (eg innovative contracting)
  • Manages Accounting for Divestitures or Acquisitions in line with Corporate guidance and policies & procedures
  • Close cooperation with FP&A Lead for correct management reporting and month-end close activities
  • Manages and develops direct reports and ensures appropriate back-up capabilities for key activities (eg month-end close) and proper documentation of the same.
  • Manages and provides guidance on grants of authorities (GOAs) to local organization
  • Ensures compliance with and maintenance of entity signatories
  • Lead/participate in Ad Hoc projects.

Expertise Required / Core Competences  

  • Master or Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting and at least 5 years of experience in Accounting
  • Language Requirements: Danish & English fluent
  • Demonstrates understanding of national and regional finance laws, regulations, and standards (and applies them appropriately to ensure the financial integrity of the business and financial statements
  • Identifies and interprets policies, and standards, and their impact on business transactions and resolves accounting issues, seeking counsel when necessary
  • Adheres to the highest standards of trustworthy and ethical behavior in all interactions and hold others to the same standards; comply with all laws, policies and regulations; identify and address ethical issues without hesitation
  • Stakeholder focused, resilient and reliable person.
  • Builds trust and credibility by delivering results and following through on commitments.
  • Experience in leading and coordinating teams
  • Experience with SAP FI/CO modules, advanced user of Excel and financial reporting tools
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