Senior Accountant


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!


POSITION TITLE: Senior Accountant


REPORTING TO: Manager, Accounting and Reporting






The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds. The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide selling in 140 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.


The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.






The individual will be responsible for reconciling account balances, maintaining general ledger, preparing month-end close adjustments and compiling financial statements. This role requires excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports.


The ideal candidate will be able to work effectively across functions, possess excellent communication skills and collaborate with team members in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines. A successful candidate will be a self-starter, results-oriented and adaptable with the ability to take on added responsibilities within the accounting organization as the company continues to grow.


Essential Functions:


  • Responsible for executing and reviewing day-to-day accounting and month end closing activities related to cost of goods sold, inventory, accruals, etc. Understand variances in these areas and maintain accurate accounting records
  • Responsible for Intercompany transactions and reconciliation with the related parties across the Group
  • Prepare and submit financial statements and ensure accuracy of the financial reporting
  • Liase with the external and internal auditors during the financials statements and other audits.
  • Manage the internal controls over financial reporting
  • Identify, plan and implement key projects to improve quality and increase efficiencies.
  • Work closely with other departments of the organization to assure transactions reflect economic reality. Other departments this role will interact with are FP&A, business partners, Treasury, Tax, Credit, AP, plant controllers, HR, etc
  • Work on ad hoc projects as necessary, including the multi-year Finance Transformation Project and implementation of new IFRS standards




Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Accounting or similar
  • 3-5 years of experience in accounting, financial reporting, month end close; public accounting background a plus
  • SAP experience is strongly preferred (if not, significant ability to pick up on systems quickly)
  • Strong excel skills
  • Experience in a manufacturing organization in Finance or Accounting roles for multinational companies, preferably B2B/food industry


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth






If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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