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Principal Technical Accountant in Livonia, MI at ZF

Date Posted: 2/10/2019

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Job Description

Job Description

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. ZF has a global workforce of approximately 138,300 at 230 locations in 40 countries. Working at ZF is more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to imagine and create global mobility for tomorrow – and beyond.
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Position Description:

This position is responsible for Technical Accounting and Financial reporting related to Division A.


  • Provide technical accounting consultation and support to internal constituents regarding IFRS and practical implementation thereof, including special projects
  • Stays abreast of new accounting pronouncements
  • Analyze impact of new accounting and disclosure requirements and provides Management with summary updates in a timely manner
  • Support monthly financial reporting process
  • Provide high quality customer service and support to business units and plants in response to their questions regarding IFRS and Accounting Policies
  • Assist with presentations to Finance Directors, internal constituents, internal meetings, etc.
  • Prepare slides and present at internal seminars which update accounting and finance individuals on recent accounting issues
  • Assist with coordination and implementation of tax restructuring plans as it relates to the impact on financial reporting
  • Perform goodwill impairment analysis and coordinate with outside consultants and internal personnel regarding assumptions, forecasts, etc.
  • Assist in the implementation of the Company’s Global Finance and Accounting Policy and Procedures
  • Perform high level account analyses and inform the financial reporting team of any unusual findings
  • Update templates used within financial management system to accumulate disclosure information
  • Work with the Financial Systems department to ensure the financial reporting system/structure appropriately responds to changing accounting or reporting requirements
  • Support in special projects such as purchase accounting, merger/acquisition/divestiture accounting, debt financing, accounting update presentations, tax restructurings, due diligence efforts, etc.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required
  • CPA license required
  • 4-7 years of relevant work experience required
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in a Big 4 public accounting firm required
  • Technical accounting background in IFRS and/or US GAAP and ability to perform research as needed is required

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Automotive industry experience is preferred
  • HFM or SAP experience preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Vets/Disabled

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Job Requirements

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance

Experience and Skill Requirements
4 -7 years experience with intermediate computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). SAP experience preferred. Experience with HFM is a plus, though not required. Good interpersonal and communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team and be a good team player. Strong interpersonal and communications skills are a must. CPA license required. IFRS experience preferred.

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