• Senior Manager - International Accounting

    Job Locations US-GA-Alpharetta
    Job ID
    2018-1509
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Finance
  • Overview

    Neenah has built a tradition of innovation, service and growth since its founding in 1873 and we create value by improving the image and performance of everything we touch. Based in Alpharetta, GA with R&D and manufacturing facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, Neenah is a publicly traded company and a global leader serving customers across 6 continents in more than 80 countries. We are a leading manufacturer of both specialty, performance-based products that serve a variety of end markets, and premium fine papers and packaging used to convey and enhance image through unique colors, textures, and finishes. Neenah presents true, varied and exciting choices that are both environmentally and aesthetically exceptional through sound environmental practices at our manufacturing facilities.

     

    Neenah is actively searching for a Senior Manager – International Accounting to join our team in the Corporate Office in Alpharetta, GA. The Senior Manager is responsible for managing the accounting for all international locations, including the execution of internal and external reporting, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records and internal controls over financial reporting for the international operations, to ensure reported results are presented accurately and timely, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Qualified candidates must have International Accounting Experience with a high preference working for a US Corporation with European Operations. Candidate’s bilingual in German and/or Dutch are highly preferred.

    Responsibilities

    Manage the Consolidation and Reporting of International Operations

    • Oversee the German, Dutch, UK and Hong Kong accounting processes to ensure that the monthly book closing and consolidation process is performed in a timely, accurate and complete manner and in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Continue to enhance the monthly processes for interfacing the SAP and other systems monthly GL activity into Oracle.
    • Coordinate the Company’s delivery of information for the external audits and reviews by Deloitte and internal audit.  Provide oversight to SAP-based and other international systems and accounting processes. Maintain and strengthen internal controls to ensure that reported financial results are in reasonable detail to accurately and fairly reflect all transactions and safeguard the assets of the Company. 
    • Provide financial reporting oversight to standardize German, Dutch, UK and Hong Kong reporting in a manner consistent with U.S. accounting policies and practices.
    • Train and develop accounting personnel in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK for issues relating to U.S. GAAP and U.S. reporting requirements.
    • Maintain the Chart of Accounts in Oracle/SAP and ensure critical financial reports are properly maintained to support external and internal management reporting.
    • Ensure all U.S.-controlled balance sheet accounts related to international operations are reconciled monthly to adequate supporting detailed records.  Establish and perform a quarterly review of selected account reconciliations at international locations, with consideration of the validity of support, the aging of activity reflected in the account and the timely resolution of known errors and unidentified items.
    • Ensure that international portions of periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are timely, complete and accurate.
    • Plan and implement structural changes caused by acquisitions, divestitures and tax strategies.

    Manage the Internal Control Processes for International Operations

    • Identify and communicate to local operations changes in accounting which could impact accounting processes and internal controls.
    • Liaison role with local Controllers to manage and to resolve internal control issues or concerns identified.
      • Ensure proper implementation and maintenance of the control structure.
      • Periodically assess the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting and ensure deficiencies are remediated in a timely manner.
      • Monitor and enhance the effectiveness of the account reconciliation process to prevent out of period errors.

    Assist in the oversight of International Taxes

    • Assist the Director of Income Taxes with the foreign jurisdiction portions of the consolidated tax provision.
    • Prepare the monthly Earnings & Profits (E&P) accruals and forecasts, and provide other supporting tax records to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for their quarterly tax provision work.
    • Assist in tax planning for international operations to optimize the Company’s income tax expense by deploying strategies that minimize tax payments where feasible and practical.
    • Support Neenah Paper’s international positions under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and foreign tax authorities.
    • Maintain adequate supporting documentation for all tax provisions and balance sheet accounts.  Review and provide supporting information for local country international tax filings and the foreign portion of US federal tax returns. 

    Fixed Assets, Intangible Assets and Goodwill –

    • Supervise the Manager of Fixed Assets. Ensure that processes to compile and reconcile General Ledger fixed asset accounts to supporting records, including capital projects, is performed thoroughly and accurately.  Ensure depreciation expense, capitalized interest and other P&L adjustments are properly calculated.  Ensure additions and retirements of fixed assets are handled in a timely manner.
    • Assist in communications to mill engineers and accountants regarding capital reporting related items such as changes in capitalization or asset life policies as well as fixed asset physical count performance and adjustment coordination.
    • Provide annual documentation related to testing of fixed assets, intangible assets and goodwill for possible impairment. 

    Other

    • Provide assistance to peers in the Finance, Legal and HR organizations related to capital and operating budgeting and analysis, treasury and disbursement functions.
    • Maintain knowledge of FASB, SEC, income tax and other authoritative literature for reference and research purposes.

    Qualifications

    • Requires BS Degree in Accounting; MAcc or MBA is a plus.
    • CPA required.
    • Requires a minimum of 12 years, with a combination of public accounting and industry experience.
    • Big Four firm audit and manufacturing industry experience preferred.
    • Experience with a US public company with European operations required.
    • Must be hands-on, detail-oriented and work within a collaborative environment.
    • Fluent use of German and Dutch desired.
    • Preference to be experienced with M&A, including due diligence and valuation.
    • Oracle highly preferred.

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