Sr Accountant, Accounting & Tax Compliance, France


Meulan, J, FR, 78250

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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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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!

About the role

The  Chief Accountant is in charge of end-to-end IFRS and statutory reporting and ensures timely execution of the accounting activities in accordance with group-wide principles and standards within the assigned scope. The position is responsible for documenting and reviewing the organization’s financial statements / positions to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, laws, or reporting requirements. The Chief Accountant contributes in the implementation of a standardized process and Finance Target Operating Model

This function gets guidance and support from the Manager Accounting & Tax Compliance EMEA on complex activities, ad hoc requests, as well as key issues in the execution of duties and is in close collaboration with the Shared Service Center team.


Key responsibilities include:

Coordination of accounting activities:

●            Monthly closing coordination (including BOF reporting),

●            HY & EY closing coordination (including BOF reporting),

●            Balance sheet review,

●            Statutory accounting,

●            Tax accounting,

●            Pension accounting (IFRS 19)/technical topics,

●            ICS governance.


Performance of activities in close collaboration with SSC team:

●            Payroll accounting,

●            Inventory accounting,

Additionally providing guidance to the SSC and other finance teams (Consolidation, Tax, Treasury, GAR)  regarding compliance issues, internal policies, and procedures.



Overall responsibilities:

●            Govern the quality, consistency, and integrity of financials,

●            Develop and share accounting expertise as well as knowledge within EMEA,

●            Manage service level agreements with Shared Services and drive the quality of end-to-end         accounting processes together with Shared Services,

●            Focus on continuous improvement within accounting scope,

●            Support ongoing projects impacting finance activities,

●            Build, maintain, and coordinate relationships with external stakeholders as well as the finance community.


About You

  • Bachelor’s / Master’s in Finance, Accounting, or similar
  • French and English business proficiency (written and spoken),
  • Technical proficiency (e.g., SAP – ERP systems) and Business understanding
  • Extensive experience in finance with an emphasis on accounting
  • Experience in a multinational company, preferably in B2B / food industries
  • Experience in IFRS reporting and local statutory reporting
  • Analytical / hands-on / flexible / solutions oriented / keen on sharing knowledge
  • Knowledge of accounting, controlling, financial methodologies and reporting
  • You are a team player able to work effectively in a team fostered and multi-tasking environment
  • You have an eye for detail and are meticulous
  • You have strong communication skills, high integrity and the ability to execute multiple tasks with efficiency and a sense of urgency
  • You drive continuous improvement initiatives regarding processes, technologies, and organization
  • You promote knowledge sharing organization-wide


The role is based in Meulan, France

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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

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