Senior Accountant- Financial Reporting

Smithfield Foods
Smithfield, Virginia, United States
Competitive salary
23 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
Job role
Experience level
Qualified accountant
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Your Opportunity

The Financial Reporting team is seeking out driven, detail-oriented professionals to exercise GAAP principles while preserving the superior financial standing of our $15B company. These personnel examine data for accurate pricing in Customer Finance, reconcile/manage invoices as an Accounting Coordinator, or scrutinize the company's state/federal income tax data in Corporate Tax.

The Senior Accountant is responsible for general ledger work, account reconciliations, month-end close processes, financial reporting and financial statement analytics. This position requires a solid understanding of the fundamentals and principles of accounting, experience with SAP and various software tools used in the department, and the ability to handle most regular issues independently. Data/information accuracy and timeliness is critical in this position. This position involves problem solving on a daily basis and is expected to continually review system and process design for improvement opportunities.

Core Responsibilities

  • Research and document technical accounting matters and financial disclosure requirements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as assigned.
  • Regularly collaborate with general ledger accounting groups, financial reporting managers and Director of Financial Reporting to identify, research, resolve and/or communicate findings on accounting-related questions regarding business transactions and other non-routine matters.
  • Provide accounting support for new acquisitions and system conversions.
  • Answer accounting and financial questions by researching and obtaining relevant guidance and data.
  • Collaborate with accounting/finance personnel and other business departments to build and enhance awareness of various accounting requirements.
  • Research new accounting guidance and exposure drafts and assist in assessing implications, training & communications, and implementation plans.
  • Assist in establishing, maintaining and communicating robust global accounting policies.
  • Gain in-depth understanding of the company's operations, business strategies and processes.
  • Work with the external auditors to resolve, or assist in resolving, complex accounting issues for the timely issuance of financial reports to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with reviewing the general ledger and financial reports on a timely basis for accuracy and completeness, as well as, performing tie-out procedures.
  • Cross train with other financial reporting and accounting personnel, as assigned.
  • Initiates and manages process improvements for role and function.
  • Assist with other tasks and projects within the financial reporting department and support corporate and department initiatives, as needed.
  • Grows knowledge and develops skills by pursuing educational opportunities, reading professional publications, participating in professional organizations and maintaining personal networks.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
  • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Accounting or related field and 3+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Master's Degree or CPA, preferred.
  • Big Four experience strongly encouraged.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial and business principles, including GAAP, and ability to grasp company financial policies and protocols.
  • Strong experience with technical accounting research and documentation.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Excel and proficient with other Microsoft Office tools.
  • Strong decision-making, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Solid math skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking, prioritization and organizational skills.
  • High degree of accuracy and detail-oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Displays professionalism and integrity.
  • Proactive and solution-oriented with the ability to think creatively.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision.
  • Comfortable in a fast paced, dynamic environment, where tasks and priorities are rapidly changing.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities; however, it may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to other accounting functions or other accounting positions within the General/Corporate accounting team. This position is a "go-to" resource within the organization to help address questions and explain processes.

Careers and Benefits

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly.®" and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.