Senior BPO Accounting Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Finance and Accounting
Posting Date:  Jul 21, 2024

The Sr. BPO Accounting reports directly to the Sr. Manger AMAS Finance Optimization.  Regular interaction with Executive members and country CFOs, BU and Staff Department Heads, iTeam, and BPOs in various domains – local, regional and global. 

  • Cross functional working environment: CFOs/SSC managers, FP&A site & BU, IT experts, Other BPOs (CORE Team and Local Teams) and internal/external auditors

  • Functional scope: Finance Functional & Organizational Core Model running on SAP PRD, NICE and BEST

  • Organizational scope: AMAS entities but also WW projects/initiatives (global optimization of resources)

  • Finance Process: Accounting (FI)


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

General responsibilities (Functional & Organizational Core Model) (35%)

  • Identify & analyze future needs and design organizations, processes, and SAP solutions to create a Finance Core Model that meet both legal and business requirements

  • Manage Major Evolution requests: create and present Gap Sheet to Arbitration Committee

  • Lead in process design, organize data and analyze the pro and cons of each alternative solution

  • Partner with other domain BPOs to design integrated finance flows fulfilling AK management framework

  • Identify all potential cross company analysis and reporting to leverage capabilities of a global system

  • Create and document detailed FI/CO controlling flows in an end-to-end perspective (in compliance with IFRS & local GAAP)

  • Define procedures for periodic integrity verification for integrated processes (i.e. sales book SD, production closing, purchase book MM versus revenue or cost recorded in FI/CO)

  • Contribute to build KPI in coordination with SSC managers to monitor SSC performance

  • Perform all necessary tests to validate functional efficiency of the system (new process, upgrade, roll out, etc.)


Roll out phase (35%)

  • Lead Gap Analysis workshops; collect any legal/business gaps and organize workshops to design a compliant solution in coordination with Core Team

  • Ensure Adoption of Finance Organizational Core Model (FTOM) of Arkema through effective change management strategies • Perform Detailed Organization Impacts analysis & assist local management to build an action plan to mitigates risk

  • Define organizational restrictions to be applied to derived functional Business Roles

  • Manage user role matrix (internal control clear off), including authorization approvals

  • Lead training activities including training identification and execution, material creation and training organization

  • Build test plans and validate completeness of tests (including from operations integrated in Finance)

  • Execute cycle tests and lead key users in UAT; analyse defects and liaise with Core team to fix bugs

  • Lead controlling cutover activities including the adaption and follow up of Cut over

  • Ensure adoption through reinforcement activities and support post implementation through 1st quarterly closing


Recurrent activities (30%)

  • Provide support at regional level during month end closing and monitor successful completion of critical closing operations. This includes oversight of the production accounting close and running of material ledger and facilitation of the SAP technical activities

  • Controls annual/monthly updates & release of standard cost

  • Provides technical support during budgeting and manages year-end material transfer activities

  • Support AMAS Finance Optimization Manager, in coordination with IBM competency center to service various internal customers for questions/issues regarding SAP functionality and processes

  • Create and maintain and release the process documentation (work instructions) with a process-oriented approach

  • Closely monitor and update the progress of the activities and alert of any delay in delivery

  • Update any Regional Finance master data timely and accurately (ex.profit centers, cost centers, G/L accounts, tax codes etc.)

  • Support AMAS Finance Optimization Manager with technical issues requiring subject matter expertise

  • Lead a Training Academy program for roll out, new comers & knowledge improvement by organizing, planning and delivering training sessions (Academy & webinar)

  • Manage change activities including change impact identification and implementation of mitigating strategies

  • Create WISP, follow the progress, test and approve release in production system

  • Identify process and system improvements including further leverage of SAP Functionality that can be enhanced to ensure the best use of SAP, and ensure the accuracy and integrity of the financial data

  • Design organizational roles and organize periodic Roles & Authorization review


Minimum Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Accounting/Finance; MBA/CPA strongly preferred

  • 10+ years of Accounting/Finance experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in the Chemical industry.

  • 5-10 years of working with ERP solutions as a business subject matter expert, an implementation leader or process owner


Competencies- Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

  • SAP experience required

  • Proven level of expertise in SAP Accounting and/or Controlling processes

  • Strong interest and interaction with IT systems

  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills required

  • Global experience preferred

  • Project / Change Management experience

  • Good communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience improving business processes

  • Ability to work in a fast paced & multi task project environment


HES Requirement:

  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements

  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)

  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

  • Will occasionally require working additional hours outside of normal workday/workweek to meet certain deadlines throughout the year.  This may include some holidays to ensure compliance with deadline requirements.  

  • Hybrid Schedule - 3 days in the office

Who we are? Arkema is a world leader in Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World with the ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player.

We thrive as One Arkema, comprised of many businesses and brands including Bostik, ArrMaz, and more! and operating with a global reach in 55 countries with more than 21,100 employees. Each one contributes to positioning Arkema as a recognized leader of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, reporting annual sales of €9.5 billion, of which 2.9% allocated to R&D for 1,800 researchers in 17 R&D centers.

If you pursue excellence, love innovation and are inspired by challenges, we encourage you through to learn more about our values – Solidarity, Performance, Simplicity, Empowerment, and Inclusion – and how we concentrate on advances in bio-based and recyclable materials, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Changing the world requires the right formula. The right formula consists of our innovative and sustainable materials, and you. Join us to develop the materials of tomorrow and make a difference together. What are you made of?

The legal information below pertains specifically to positions posted in the United States, however we strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in all the countries that we hire.
Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring.

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