Chief Accountant

NLMK Group is a leading international steel company. The Group is vertically integrated company producing and delivering a comprehensive range of flat and long steel products. NLMK, with over 17 million tons of steelmaking capacity, is one of the world's foremost suppliers of slabs and transformer steel and is a leading supplier of high value added products including pre-painted, galvanized and electrical steel as well as a variety of long steel products. With the state of the art production facilities, NLMK is at the cutting edge of modern steel production. The Company's business is highly geographically diversified by sales markets with product deliveries to over 70 countries worldwide. The Company enjoys one of the most competitive production costs among global steelmakers and is known as one of the most profitable steel company globally.

NLMK Europe, a trusted partner in value added steel. NLMK Europe  has plants in Belgium, France, Italy, and Denmark which produce a wide range of steel products, including hot rolled, cold rolled and coated steels, and steel plates. The company also has an extensive distribution and service network to satisfy the needs of its customers. NLMK Europe’s customers, local and multinational businesses, benefit from the Group’s efficient vertically integrated production chain that allows the company to provide them with an extensive range of products, and guarantee on-time delivery. Supported by reliable supplies of high quality steel slabs from Novolipetsk.

OBJECTIVE/SUMMARY

- To ensure accurate, consistent and on-time monthly and year-end reporting of 6 entities in Belgium, 3 entities in France and 1 entity in Luxemburg

- To supervise, lead and motivate an accounting team of up to 10 persons

- To support continuous improvement initiatives across the finance department

- To work closely with departmental heads across the business and with external partners

- This person reports to the Director of Accounting and Reporting NLMK Europe (scope includes Belgium/France, Italy and Denmark)

DAY-TO-DAY
Statutory accounting (Belgium and France)  
 Lead and supervise the process of the monthly closure by:
 Analysing/reviewing key elements of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts
 Reviewing and amending when necessary the existing closure procedures checklist
 Implementing a proactive accounting approach by further developing a system where the main controls are performed before the month closure  
 Prepare the quarterly and annual statutory financial statements of all Belgian entities
 The preparation of the annual statutory financial statements of French entities is outsourced. However you will be in charge of:
 Providing all necessary data to the consultant
 Reviewing the financial statements prepared by the consultant
 Ensure compliance with existing internal control policies and/or establishment of new internal control procedures to guarantee completeness, correctness and security of key financial data and accounting transactions
 Improve connection between accounting and operations
 Lead all internal and external audits; be the key reference point for the auditors  
 A big part of fiscal accounting & taxation is outsourced. However, you would be in charge of: 
 Providing data to the fiscal consultant, verifying the accuracy of tax return computation  
 Reviewing VAT accounting for all entities (Belgian, French, German, Spanish)  
 Managing the tax budget and assessing the tax risks / areas of focus  
 Coordinating and following up on tax and VAT developments
 
IFRS Reporting (Belgium and France)
 On a monthly basis, perform the IFRS entries and complete the IFRS reporting packages for all entities in Belgium and France
 At year-end, provide all necessary info to the Consolidation manager in order to prepare the disclosures of the consolidated IFRS Financial Statements of NLMK Belgium Holdings S.A.
 Support the projects of implementation of new IFRS, which are led by the Consolidation manager
 Support the projects of unifying and standardising the IFRS reporting across Europe, which are led by the Director of Accounting and Reporting NLMK Europe
 
Management reporting
 Maintain and further develop the system of cost centers. Assure the accuracy of cost accounting within these cost centers
 Perform on-demand ad-hoc analysis as requested by senior management 
 Prepare and present the monthly reports to the “Conseil d’entreprise” (Management Board of the legal entity)
 
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
 Discuss/suggest possible improvement, standardisation opportunities and execute the agreed upon process changes within your own area
 Roles and tasks are currently reviewed within the accounting team and an assessment of the team is in progress; personal development plans to be put in place 
 Improvement in the employee morale is needed
 Other ad hoc projects assigned by the supervisor
 
QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
Required
 5+ years of professional work experience as chief accountant or similar position
 5+ years of experience of team management
 Bachelor or Master Degree in Accounting/Finance or related field
 In-depth accounting knowledge (Belgian GAAP, French GAAP and IFRS)
 Basic knowledge of tax issues (Belgian, French) such as tax return computations, VAT, etc.
 Basic knowledge of internal financial controls in an organisation and experience in general audit procedures
 Professional literacy in both English and French
 Working knowledge of SAP (FI module)
 Strong PC skills including Excel, Word, and Power Point
 
Highly desirable
 Previous professional work experience in BIG 4 or another multinational organisation
 ACCA/ACA/CPA qualification
You hold a bachelor degree in Accounatcy + 
 Proven track record of (be prepared to give examples):
- Supervising, coaching and motivating personnel
- Continuous improvement of processes
- Strong project management skills
- Ability to work in a fast paced environment - this includes a high energy level and ability to perform multifaceted projects in conjunction with normal activities
 Effective communication ( FR/ ENG) skills to relay company objectives to staff as well as being able to translate complicated financial terms to business
 Strong analytical and organisational skills
 Ability to demonstrate previous continuous professional development (languages, certificates, areas of expertise, …)