Financial Accountant

United Kingdom, Manchester

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

As a Financial Accountant, you will assist with the preparation of monthly and annual group reporting and accounts while working as part of a wider team to understand established procedures, accounting principles and guidelines for the EMEA stakeholders. In addition, You will follow established procedures, accounting principles and guidelines in order to help maintain stakeholder financial records and transactions in a accurately and timely fashion 

Key responsibilities:

  • Perform General Ledger Accounting processes in the R2R Taxonomy, which will involve performing various transactions and processes designed to maintain financial systems to ensure completeness of statutory and group reporting information whilst ensuring compliance with accounting principles/standards, relevant regulations and reporting requirements. You will be required to sign off various  steps in the month end close timetable​.
  • You will prepare and process prepayments and accruals, and  recurring journals, classifying and recording  financial transactions and posting entries to the ledgers, FX, Mark Up and internal settlements.
  • You will also be required to help support the intercompany process.
  • You will help prepare and provide supporting documentation for compliance i.e. ICS, IA, and External Audit 
  • You will carry out balance sheet reconciliations, ensuring reconciling items are dealt with on a timely basis, including bank accounts and clearing GRIR
  • Help to make standard calculations to accurately compile and report statistics and analyze financial information.​​ 
  • Be a key contributor to delivering the finance vision and support key change initiatives and drive through continuous improvement, including assisting on various projects​ 

Key requirements:

  • Ideally have Experience of working within a fast paced R2R department in a SSC delivering delegated month-end close activities; 
  • Good experience of end to end R2R processes with a Shared Services Centre, covering: 
    • Payroll Accounting 
    • Treasury Accounting 
    • T&E Accounting 
    • Balance Sheet Reconciliations
    • GR/IR 
    • Pre-payments and accruals 
  • Experience of direct and indirect taxes
  • Experience of making contributions to continuous improvement initiatives
  • AAT qualified or Part Qualified and working towards accountancy qualification
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Resilient and robust. 
  • ​Problem solving and root cause identification skills. 

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

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Reference: R56315