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Head of Accounting and Finance Operations

Boston Consulting Group

BCG is a global consultancy with 35+ North America offices that partners with business leaders and society to solve industry-defining challenges.

WHAT YOU’LL DO
Responsible for the accounting and finance operations for the Caspian Region. Key parts of the role are Accounting (statutory/LE, US GAAP), Accounts Payable, Time and Expense, Compensation & Benefits, tax and treasury. Key will be to work closely with the EMCR Finance team, Caspian Region Finance Manager and Finance team to ensure integrated solutions and alignment of the processes across all Finance areas and to transform, optimize and digitalize the core processes.Overall responsibilities

Developing and managing the accounting and administrative processes for the Caspian Region
Digitizing the core accounting and finance operations processes
Ensuring tax compliance and optimization
Ensuring risk management is embedded into the finance function
Leadership to the finance team, recruiting the right talent, development of the next finance leaders
Being an integrated member of the global finance function and a core member of the big transformational change programs
Advise the management on statutory, technical risks – and lead the changes for compliance
Specific responsibilities
Oversight Accounting and Administrative Processes

Ensures the integrity for the legal entity financial statements by management of reconciliation between statutory, GAAP and tax accounts and local accounting systems including related documentation and quarterly/year-end balance
Ensuring adherence to firm-wide vendor policies and agreements, including external advisory hiring decisions
Ensuring that local practices comply with BCG finance policies and local requirements and involved in developing, modifying and executing as relevant
Continuously seeking transformation to reengineer local business processes to obtain efficiencies, reduce costs, and maintain infrastructure necessary to support the growth of the system
Leading local development and implementation of financial accounting applications
Manages the automatization, outsourcing, and simplification of all transactional processes
Oversee and integrate the processes for Compensation and Benefits (PSRF, modernize Benefits, Processes)
Treasury and Tax

Treasury management including monthly cash forecasting (short term and longer term) and, under global guidance, management of funding of the legal entities, monitoring of local borrowings, managing local investments, maximizing return/minimizing cost, minimizing FX exposure, and maintaining banking relationships
Work with Finance Manager and Global Tax to develop appropriate tax strategy and continuously identify opportunities for local and global tax efficiencies and minimize our risk
Responsible for ensuring tax compliance
Manage external tax audits
Ensuring a good understanding of individual income taxes and social security regulations where these impact transfers, officer compensation structure and employee benefits
Working with the inhouse bank and other banking relationship
Risk management

Ensuring that risk management is effectively embedded into the finance function, including ensuring adequate systems of internal control (segregation of duties, reconciliations, checks and balances and oversight)
Pro-actively identifying and mitigating risks; this includes support to BCG’s other admin functions e.g. HR and IT where required
Ensuring compliance with local regulatory requirements, including preparing all official documents and filings required by local laws
Monitoring cross border activity and related tax and legal issues
Managing local office insurances
People, leadership and teaming (with HOF EMCR and FP&A Function)

Responsible for personnel planning and leadership of the finance areas noted above including recruiting, training, career development, leadership, and support. Long-term planning of capacities, ensuring a high level of flexibility and quality
Promote and foster cross finance functional teaming throughout the system
Working with HOF EMCR on issues, navigating the BCG Finance network and obtaining guidance, leverage and support from the global organization where appropriate

YOU’RE GOOD AT
Technical and functional skills
Strong knowledge in the areas of finance and accounting, planning & reporting, risk management
Ability to recognize cross-functional issues
Problem solving, analytical skills and decision making
Demonstrate a curiosity for solving problems, and initiative in finding ways to get things done better
Independently resolves complex issues/problems, yet appropriately seeks advice and counsel for decisions including key stakeholders
Demonstrates both strong analytic and big picture capabilities in problem solving approaches
Clarifies and simplifies BCG policies and decision making structure for others
Communication, interpersonal and teaming skills
Excellent verbal communication and listening skills
Self-starter and ability to work both independently and in teams
Excellent communication skills, able to engage and gain buy-in for plans and ideas from key stakeholders with whom he/she has influence, but not authority, in order to get things done
Builds strong networks within and across functions, geography, with senior leadership and externally
Leadership, impact and change
Strong managerial skills, including people management and process management will be called upon
Proven ability to work successfully and manage change within a global, complex matrix organization
Demonstrated ability to both work effectively in and lead a group of peers
Work management, organization and planning
Ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines and competing priorities
Superior organization and management skills
People management
Type of person who can empathize with people’s needs, concerns and goals, and have a genuine interest in the field operations and the mentoring of the controller
Balances control and delegation; is available and approachable
Mentors and develops beyond current position/role
Values and ethics
Treats all others with respect; generates trust and performs role with highest level of integrity
Aligns individual and team goals with firm goals; represents BCG well, protects the firm’s interests

YOU BRING (EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS)
Education and certifications
University degree in Economics/Finance or Business administration, preferably with emphasis on Finance/Accounting
Work experience
10 years of (management) experience, ideally in an auditing firm plus in a leadership in an international professional services firm
Deep knowledge of local statutory accounting rules and good familiarity with US GAAP
Hands-on and technical experience in general accounting, tax, financial systems implementation, financial reporting in the professional service industry
Experience with digitizing processes within finance and transformation of that function and good know how of the eco system in the market
Experience working with outsource providers/shared service hubs for transactional processes, e.g. Accounts payable, employee expenses
Excellent analytical capabilities and numerical reasoning
Trustworthy, communicative personality with service mentality and professional bearing
Strong teamwork and change management skills, flexibility, openness to change, and willingness to shape policy
Tact and pragmatism
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an international environment with people at all organizational levels by establishing positive and productive working relationships
A successful track record in a fast-paced, global, intellectually intense, service-oriented environment
Ideally experience in a professional services company
Project management experience
Computer skills
Advanced technical skills with proficiency in desktop applications, passion for digital tools. User of collaboration tools is a plus
Extensive experience with Windows, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, Outlook) and exposure to Oracle or SAP or other large financial systems environment
Language skills
Fluent in Azeri, Russian and English (both written and verbal)
Travel requirements
* Some travel will be required, primarily within the Caspian Region

YOU’LL WORK WITH
Members of our finance team are responsible for preserving the intellectual capital, assets, and integrity of BCG. We make a decisive impact on the firm’s direction, performance, and risk-management models. Finance jobs include accounting and reporting, planning and analysis, tax and treasury, financial systems, payroll, and executive compensation.

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Boston Consulting Group

BCG is a global consultancy with 35+ North America offices that partners with business leaders and society to solve industry-defining challenges.

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