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Senior Manager, Accounting

Company: Cox Automotive
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Job Description:

Cox Automotive is hiring a Senior Manager, Accounting. The Senior Manager, Retail Solutions

Accounting Center of Excellence is a critical

leadership position that oversees the execution of all major accounting

functions to support the assigned solution group. This position reports directly to the

Director or Leader of the Retail Solutions Accounting Center of Excellence and

serves as a partner by engaging with business leaders within the Company to

anticipate business issues and drive strong decision making through sound financial

management and application of accounting expertise.

The Senior Manager is responsible

for the accounting operations of the solution group encompassing financial transaction processing, financial close, accounting policy and

procedures and compliance with and ensuring the effectiveness of our internal

controls. Additionally, the Senior Manager is responsible for proactive engagement

with leaders throughout the business to influence decisions and provide

guidance regarding financial and accounting implications of business

activities/decisions. The Senior Manager is

specifically responsible for leading the Retail Solutions Center of Excellence.

Lastly, this role is responsible for effectively leading an organization of

3-8+ team members comprised of in-house and outsourced accounting resources. The Senior Manager ensures the accurate and timely

preparation of financial data in the ERP general ledger in accordance with the

US GAAP, and serves as the primary point for process certification of the

solution group Accounting results.

A focus on continuous improvement

including the enhancement of accounting processes, policies, and procedures is

essential to success in this position. This includes partnering across the

broader finance organization and with key business stakeholders to optimize

upstream and downstream processes and integrate improvements into operating

plans and goals. Ongoing individual

development within the accounting organization is another critical success factor

including the ability to transform and adapt the accounting organization to the

Companys shifting business model and strategies.

Accounting Operations:

  • Lead a centralized accounting organization with a staff

    of both Senior and Staff accountants as well as any outsourced personnel for

    all General Ledger functions for the assigned solution group.
  • Ensure the

    accuracy, timeliness, and consistency of the accounting for Cox Automotive

    financial statements for both internal and external

    reporting in accordance with accounting policies, GAAP and other statutory or

    government reporting guidelines
  • Oversee the operational

    excellence and quality of the Accounting CoE functions which includes general

    accounting (JE prep and approval, reconciliations, month end close processes,

    consolidations, etc.,)
  • Oversee balance sheet reconciliation

    process including approval, ensuring all items are accurately reconciled with

    potential opportunities and risks clearly identified.
  • Create and sustain a

    culture of continuous improvement to improve

    the effectiveness and efficiency of accounting operations.
  • Own the analysis

    and management of key performance indicators and service level agreements for

    Enterprise Accounting activities and proactively take actions to improve

    performance as appropriate.
  • Proactively

    assist in the development and implementation of goals, policies, priorities and

    procedures relating to all aspects of the accounting group. Responsible for tracking and meeting those

    goals and ensuring adherence to those policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service to Cox

    Automotive business operations.
  • Provide timely

    response and adjustments to audit requests on an on-going basis.


    Internal Controls and Compliance:
    • Monitor proper

      accounting and financial reporting internal controls as well as key operational

      management controls. Participates in

      setting Cox Automotive accounting

      policies.
    • Provide GAAP

      guidance and support to the organization to ensure compliance.
    • Monitor and assess

      current trends and emerging developments within the field and practice of

      accounting to ensure the Companys compliance and preparedness.
    • Support external

      audit efforts between the accounting team and the external audit firm for

      preparation of the external audit and responds to audit requests in a timely

      manner.

      Accounting Leadership &

      Organizational Development:

      • Build and enhance a

        strong team that provides proactive support and results-driven execution of

        responsibilities to meet the current and future needs of the business.
      • Remain abreast of

        best practices and trends relevant to accounting and related technologies.
      • Identify, lead, and

        participate in projects to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of

        the Company's accounting function and processes.
      • Develop and maintain

        effective working relationships with stakeholders at operating locations, and

        key corporate customers, ensuring they understand and value the services

        provided by the Enterprise Accounting team and respond to feedback regarding

        opportunities for improvement.
      • Liaise with key

        stakeholders across Cox Automotive to ensure appropriate service levels are

        being provided.
      • Manage and coach

        employees to increase engagement and strengthen professional development.

        Continually strives to develop talent within the accounting organization to

        promote individual development and career growth.
      • Responsible for

        preparing and managing to budget objectives.
      • Perform related

        duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested.


        • Bachelors

          degree in Business Administration (Finance and/or Accounting required)
        • MBA

          and/or CPA a plus
        • Proven

          track record in successfully leading an accounting team or department.
        • Proven

          ability to drive process improvements.
        • Proven

          track record to deliver high levels of customer service.
        • Excellent

          communication and leadership skills are mandatory.
        • Oracle

          financial experience required.
        • Experience

          in leading an accounting organization for a minimum of 7 years preferred
        • Experience

          in an SSC environment preferred
        • Strong

          knowledge of GAAP, internal controls, financial reporting with minimum 7+

          years of background in Finance/Accounting.
        • Strong

          knowledge of accounting operations.
        • Ability

          to effectively lead change.
        • Ability

          to understand business strategy and translate into effective tactical

          plans.
        • Proven

          skills in process improvement and/or gaining efficiencies through

          technology.
        • High

          customer service orientation.
        • Solid

          computer skills.

          Keywords: Cox Automotive, Atlanta , Senior Manager, Accounting, Executive , Atlanta, Georgia

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