Director of Accounting

Elior North America
Ridgeland, Mississippi, United States
Competitive salary
27 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
Job role
Finance director
Experience level
Elior North America is looking for a Director, General Accounting to join our Corporate Team in our Ridgeland, MS office.

This role is part of our Shared Services team that supports the mission of our 1800 accounts across the US.

We are looking for innovative and entrepreneurial associates to join the fastest growing food and beverage management company. If you are looking for a challenge and the opportunity to make a difference this is the opportunity for you!

Job/Role Overview

Candidate is responsible for overseeing multiple shared service functions including the General Accounting and the Accounts Payable functions. General Accounting includes General Ledger, Cash application, fixed assets, and bank reconciliations.

This role is responsible for implementing and maintaining a system of internal controls that will ensure that company assets are adequately safeguarded and that all financial reporting is prepared in compliance with all financial policies.

Key Responsibilities
  • Direct the General Accounting and Accounts Payable shared service functions for multiple Elior Brand customers relying on a detailed understanding of the business and connecting it with results to help influence and drive better overall company results.
  • Manage and oversee the daily operations of the general accounting department including team activities to ensure effective communication, collaboration with other areas of the organization.
  • Manages and oversee the daily operations of the Account Payable department including AP check disbursements and 1099 and tax related matters for 11 business segments.
  • Manage, develop and mentor a team of 25+ accounting and administrative professionals.
  • Develops, implements and maintains systems, procedures and policies, including accounts payable functions to ensure adherence to company guidelines.
  • Manages weekly and monthly closing of financial records and posting of month end information; ensures accuracy of financial statements.
  • Provides accounting assistance to field managers and operations staff; responds to financial questions/concerns to meet business needs.
  • Partner with other finance functions like OPS/Revenue accounting, tax, FP&A, payroll, business unit finance and treasury functions close activities and process improvements
  • Partner with IT on system change requests, timely resolution of close/reporting issues, along with continuous improvement initiatives, system enhancements and/or changes.
  • Acts as a liaison between the company, government and external auditors to meet information needs and to ensure internal controls are working effectively and propose improvements to support evolving accounting environment.
  • Maintain vendor records, input vendor information into A/P systems, and resolve all vendor issues in a timely manner
  • Ensure all invoices are being processed with appropriate due dates, checks runs are produced timely and all deadlines are met.
  • Oversee any non-recurring projects like optimization of systems
  • Responsible for accounting system updates and/or conversions
  • Support or manage other ad-hoc projects

What We Are Looking For
  • Experience working with IFRS accounting principles and accounting software
  • Must have large ERP AP system experience, as well as 1099 filing experience. Great Plains ERP experience preferred
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience with general accounting, month end close procedures, controls, internal reporting & analytics, and working with external auditors.
  • Ability to effectively support the transactional components of the role (Accounts Payable) as well as the Analytical components of the role (General Accounting)
  • Deep knowledge of accounting; conceptual and practical experience in researching, understanding and communicating technical accounting issues.
  • Strong leadership, analytical, critical thinking, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work on cross functional activities and form solid business relationships.
  • Proven close process improvement experience.
  • Approachable and collaborative style.
  • Seen as a subject matter expert, strong team leader, and valued partner with the business.
  • Ability to serve as a change agent to their team and the organization.

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting
  • Ten or more years of Accounts Payable and General Accounting experience
  • Five or more years of leadership experience
  • Strong personal computer and business solutions software skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills for interacting with accountants, clients, and upper management
  • Excellent communication skills for communicating with support personnel and management
  • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good presentation skills for educating internal clients on accounting processes
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills to balance and prioritize work
  • Prior experience working in a Shared Services organization is preferred

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

About Elior NA

Elior North America enhances people's lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service. Our family of companies, with more than 18,000 employees, provides food services and catering to over 1,500 client accounts in five industry segments across the continental United States. We are proud to be the fifth largest culinary management company in the country and excited to be the fastest growing organization in the industry.

We focus on three ingredients for success to differentiate Elior from our competitors and position our company as a disruptor in the markets we serve. To support our ingredients for success and drive our mission and values, we need talented team members throughout our family of companies.

Do you have what it takes to be a part of the company that is, "Small enough to care...and...Big enough to make a difference"?

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