Senior Accountant


Zurich, ZH, CH, 8005

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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


This role manages the accounting and reporting for two key Swiss-based reporting units (one legal entity) of the Barry Callebaut Group and is supported by a direct manager (deputy head of Center of Expertise) and the Shared Service Centre (SSC) in Lodz, Poland (responsible for transactional activities). The legal entity in charge of is an international key manufacturing & sourcing facility for the Barry Callbeaut Group and covers various complex accounting topics (e.g. inventory & derivatives accounting).


Key responsibilities include  


  • Steering the majority of the financial day-to-day business with different stakeholders (mainly SSC & business)

  • Preparation of monthly, quarterly and yearly reporting (IFRS and Swiss GAAP) for the two reporting units (one legal entity)

  • Ensure accurate, robust and timely financial reporting in compliance with IFRS (including hedge accounting under IFRS 9), group guidelines, and local statutory requirements

  • Business partnering with internal stakeholders across the finance and non-finance functions of Barry Callebaut and support of planning and budget activities

  • Close collaboration with Shared Service Center to drive a continuous improvement mindset through simplification, harmonization and automation of processes

  • Driving application and monitoring of internal control framework relating to Swiss financial reporting

  • Support ad-hoc projects including Swiss-based acquisitions, divestments and complex transactions

  • Maintaining the newly defined accounting process and further increasing the quality of accounting and reporting

  • Continue the journey in clarifying existing processes with various stakeholder groups, identifying and addressing process weaknesses, being a valuable partner for the business


About you


  • Accounting Degree (CA, ACCA, but preferably recently qualified as Swiss CPA, or in the process of finishing the Swiss CPA education)

  • Fluent English and German, other languages considered a plus

  • Education in statutory Swiss accounting legislation

  • 3-5 years of experience in accounting in a multinational environment

  • Accounting in a production and/or commodities industry which covered both, inventory accounting and financial instruments (IFRS 9) is considered a plus

  • Big4 experience is a nice to have

  • SAP ERP accounting knowledge

  • Experience in Swiss statutory accounting

  • Experience in Swiss direct and indirect taxes is considered a plus

  • Fresh mindset, thinking “out of the box” striving for continuous improvement

  • Team player participating in knowledge sharing both in giving and receiving

  • Proactively taking on responsibility, self-starter, autonomous working attitude

  • Demonstrates very positive attitude in a dynamic, cross-functional and multi-country business environment

  • Curiosity to understand and steer complex topics combined with a problem-solving ability

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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