Shire GL Ops Accountant I in Exton, Pennsylvania

Primary Duties:

Provide a brief summary describing the major role, responsibility and purpose of the job. Summarize key areas of accountability and budget responsibility, if applicable. The Accountant I will be a contributor to the financial close process and financial reporting for the Global Buisness Service Group. He/she will be responsible for contributing to the production of accurate and timely reporting of monthly / quarterly / annual results at the Group level. The financial accountant will bear responsibility for certain aspects of the financial accounting results

through reconciliations, analysis, and monthly journal entries. All activities of this position will be performed in conformance with our established policies as well as GAAP, SOX, and any other applicable regulatory requirements.


Job Function and Description


Participate in the monthly and quarterly accounting close, including the

preparation of journal entries. Responsibilities will also include

assigned accounting tasks/calulations,financial statement analysis as

needed and reporting of data to support our external SEC filings.

Ensure all information received by the business units, subsidiary

systems, and interfaces are accurate, timely and are in compliance

with all GAAP and U.S. statutory requirements.


Perform and document balance sheet account reconciliations as well

as financial statement analysis on a monthly basis. Ad Hoc reporting

and analysis to support the financials and other projects.


Participate in all aspects of internal and external financial and

operational audits.


Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of established internal controls

to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley. This will include making

recommendations for enhancements or modifications to existing

processes and systems. Responsible for the preparation of monthly

and quarterly Sarbanes-Oxley control packages per the documented



Prepare and file all required government data surveys. Perform

special projects as required.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • BS Degree in Accounting required.

  • Background in public accountingis a plus, Big 4 is a plus.

  • Prior experience as part of an accounting team within a global company is a plus.

  • 0-2+ years of related experience is required.

  • Experience in service-oriented or shared services finance organization would be a plus.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel. Functional ability in Word and PowerPoint. Familiarity with MS Access would also be a plus.

  • Experience with Oracle’s JD Edwards or SAP is a strong plus, as well as experience with Hyperion Financial Manager (HFM).

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are needed. Must have the ability to interact with peers as well as management throughout the Company. Building relationships will be a key success factor for this position. Another key success factor will be the ability to handle ambiguity and to deal effectively with a constantly changing environment.

  • A demonstrated customer service focus will be critical for this position. This is a service organization and that will require the highest commitment to understanding customer needs and meeting/exceeding their expectations.

  • The successful candidate needs to be able to work in a fast paced environment, be creative, be energetic and be enthusiastic.

  • The successful candidate will at times be the first person people encounter when contacting the Global Business Services Group. As a result of this visibility, he/she must ensure all communications and interactions are professional, courteous and show a desire to be of service.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Must be a proactive problem solver with the ability to think outside the box, arriving at creative and effective recommendations for improvements and enhancements in financial and non-financial operations.

  • The candidate should help make recommendations to the accounting manager for improvements to current processes.

Internal and External Contacts

This position will interact with internal teams, such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, various employees embedded in the business and global finance teams. This position may also interact with external vendors and external auditors as needed.

Other Job Requirements

The position may require occasional travel to Shire’s domestic locations

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