Chief Accountant


  • Referenz: 391013
  • Vertragsart: Permanent
  • Gehalt: Competitive

  • Lage: München, Kreisfreie Stadt


For our client Tiffany & Co., we are searching for a flexible, motivated, dynamic, energetic and inspiring team leader to support our Head Office Team with immediate effect as Chief Accountant.
This position will report directly to the Finance Director, focusing on the needs of Germany, Austria and  Switzerland in building up a complete new team, setting up structures and process and to create a motivated and high performing work environment.

The Financial Controller (Chief Accountant) will have responsibility for internal and external accounting and compliance across the markets. 
He/She will be responsible for completion of all internal and external reporting requirements to a tight timescale and will maintain robust and efficient controls to satisfy Tiffany Internal Audit and external regulatory requirements.

The job holder will work under the direction of the Finance Director and will partner closely with key stakeholders in their markets, the regional partners and the Global Finance function based in the USA.

This role has 3 direct reports and a team of 5 in total.


Accounts Payable:
•    Responsible for and to Manage the Accounts Payable team and the end-to end Accounts Payable process to ensure that Vendors are paid according to payment terms and that the business is fully supported. Ensuring financial controls and Tiffany policies are adhered to.
•    Ensure all internal audit controls and local compliance requirements for the accounts payable process is followed, documented, and reported as required.

Revenue/Accounts Receivable:
•    Responsible for and Manage the Revenue Accountant/Accounts Receivable team and the end-to end process to ensure that all tenders (including but not limited to (wire, credit card and cash receipts) are correctly allocated, and discrepancies are investigated and resolved in a timely manner. 
•    Ensure all internal audit controls and local compliance requirements for the Revenue process is followed, documented, and reported as required.

Management Accounting & Reporting:
•    Responsible for preparing and reviewing management account and all required schedules on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, including direct communication with regional office based in Paris and the global head office based in the USA.
•    Responsible for all ensuring all balance sheet reconciliations are complete and to in form the Finance Director of any risk or opportunities in the balance sheet.
•    Leading the year end process in line with the regional and global requirements.
•    Lead external Audit and prepare Statutory Financial Statements.
•    Main point of contact with any European 3rd party suppliers to ensure monthly reporting is completed on time.

Cash and Treasury Management:
•    Monthly Cashflow Reporting.
•    Ensure all cash is centralized. 
•    Liaise with Global Treasury and LVMH cash pooling team on any cashflow requirements.
•    Approval of Bank payments – ensuring all payments are approved in line with Tiffany governance procedures.

External Reporting, Compliance and Controls
•    Lead external Audit and prepare Statutory Financial Statements.
•    Ensure local VAT compliance across all markets.
•    Ensure that Tiffany is Tax complaint across all markets and all returns are filed on time and are accurate. Incudes direct and indirect tax.
•    Ensure a robust control environment in line with local GAAP and Group standards and policies.
•    Main point of contact with European 3rd party suppliers to ensure local compliance and controls are in place.

•    Lead, coach and develop team members.
•    Champion best practice in the team.
•    Recruitment of team.
•    Setting Objectives and measuring performance and conducting employee assessments.


•    Academic qualification:  Bac + 5 minimum whether from business school or university” or accounting diploma.
•    5-10 years post qualification related work experience in industry, preferably in the retail sector.
•    Must be well presented, outgoing and self-motivated with strong communication and organizational skills.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
•    Strong attention to detail.
•    Track record of process improvements.
•    Local Market Language

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