General Ledger Accountant

Job ID: 2017-3140

Brand: KAO Corporation

Location: NL - - Amersfoort

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Kao is in the middle of setting up a Finance Shared Service Center (SSC) for the EMEA region. To further support the set-up and the continuous success of our FSSC in the Netherlands, we are looking for a

General Ledger Accountant EMEA

As General Ledger Accountant you will be responsible for creating journal entries and gathering supporting documentation, analysing variances on month to month basis, coordinating and be part of the month end close process and creating financial statements. You will work closely with the Snr Manager –GL EMEA to identify areas of improvement and assist in establishing new processes and procedures where needed.

This role is a 12 month fixed term contract with potential to become permanent.


  • Responsible for month end activities and month end journal entries for assigned entities, timely reconciliation of all GL accounts;
  • Coordinates cross departmental month end close activities, records and judges accruals, deferrals and other close related entries;
  • Assists in calculating cost center re-allocations and intercompany recharges;
  • Ensures consistency and completeness of data transfers between sub-ledgers and General Ledger. Responsible for completeness and correctness of entries in the books;
  • Initiate cross departmental projects regarding continuous improvement and optimization of financial, reporting and business processes;
  • Perform review and provide feedback on the reporting packages submitted by accountants from other locations
  • Responsible that all Balance sheet reconciliations are correctly executed in a timely manner;
  • Manages Fixed asset process and related controls and reconciliations;
  • Responsible for Local statutory accounting and coordination with outsourcing partners;
  • Driving process optimization through automation (blackline) and robotization, but also sensible process adjustments.


  • Higher professional education/HBO or Bachelor/Master in economics / finance and accounting;
  • Fluent in English and minimally one another EU language (preferably French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, German);
  • Experience in a multinational company and / or SSC;
  • ERP system experience (preferably SAP);
  • Advanced Excel skills.


  • To ensure that you will be successful as General Ledger accountant you have a pro-active attitude;
  • You are a skillful communicator with the ability to influence peers and other business colleagues in complying with existing control systems and implementing new processes;
  • You proactively drive improvements regarding current processes;
  • Ability to influence peers and other business colleagues in complying with existing control systems and implementing new processes;
  • Ability to have a good business understanding;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong team player;
  • You have a highly flexible attitude, and enjoy driving change and efficiency. You can demonstrate experience in optimizing processes;
  • You enjoy working in an ambitious team and your drive to become the best in class matches Kao’s drive. You know how to take and create opportunities for yourself and Kao.

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