Accounting Lead

Why you’ll love Quantis

Quantis is a leading sustainability consultancy pioneering approaches to solve critical environmental challenges. For nearly two decades, our dynamic and visionary team has partnered with organizations across the globe to transform their industries and pave the way for a planetary economy that aligns business with nature. We strive to be agents of change, helping companies transform from business as usual to business at its best.

We believe that sustainable transformation is possible and within our power. We’re contributing to this transformation by combining the latest science with strategic business insights. Our advice enables global leaders in the consumer goods and finance industries to understand how to reduce their environmental impacts, implement change successfully, and operate within planetary boundaries.

Motivated by this common purpose, our 250+ talented professionals cultivate a unique, collaborative culture that we call the Quantis Spirit. We are innovative. We are impact-oriented. We are science-based. We are Quantis.

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The role

Reporting to the Group Finance Lead, this position has overall responsibility for the consolidated financial reporting of Quantis globally, coordinating accounting, tax, legal and cash management for Quantis for all our branches and for the Holding based in Switzerland.

Does this describe you?

  • University degree in Accounting/Finance or Business
  • 8+ years experience, preferably with International/Multinational Professional Services firm background, or 3 – 5 years in CPA firm and 3 – 5 years in a management role
  • Familiarity with US GAAP financial reporting and accounting requirements
  • Hands-on experience in general accounting, treasury, financial systems implementation, financial reporting
  • Deep knowledge of accounting and metrics in the professional service industries
  • Experience with ERP systems such as Oracle NetSuite or similar
  • Data affinity and proficiency in MS Office software and databases, especially financial ones
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French, German a plus
  • Excellent analytical capabilities and numerical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills, critical reasoning and sound judgment
  • Excellent people management skills, with the ability to provide honest feedback and support in the development of employees’ capabilities
  • Highly independent work style, with strong organization and time management capabilities
  • Ability to see the big picture for both finance and controlling topics, and provide solution-oriented advisory to office leadership
  • Trustworthy, communicative personality with service mentality and professional bearing
  • Strong teamwork skills, flexibility, openness to change, and willingness to shape policy
  • Tact and pragmatism

As our Accounting Lead, here’s a preview of what type of work your days will include:

  • Oversee externalized payroll, managing the financial impact of new hires, terminations, transfers, compensation, pension plans and other benefits
  • Ensure that local practices comply with Quantis policies and local requirements
  • Understand and ensure compliance with internal and external deadlines
  • Oversee all month end and year end accounting activities
  • Prepare reconciliations and maintain all supporting documentation required to support the annual audits
  • Support and collaborate with finance teams across Quantis on technical accounting matters to ensure we are producing top quality financial data that can be relied upon by decision-makers across the organization
  • Be responsible for the integrity of the data in Quantis’s internal finance systems and be active in the evolution of the tool to meet both local and global requirements & needs.
  • Consolidate and report Quantis financial information on a monthly and annual basis, both for management reporting and financial reporting purposes
  • Prepare statutory and GAAP financial statements
  • Provide timely and meaningful management reporting as a basis for business decisions
  • Provide ad hoc information and analysis, as required
  • Manage the local audit relationship and be responsible for final audit results of consolidated financial statements of Quantis plus certain subsidiaries
  • Ensure compliance regarding all taxation matters such as local corporate taxes, withholding taxes and VAT requirements
  • Team with Quantis Global Finance Lead to manage tax audits and respond to tax authorities requests with input from Global Tax Team and external advisors
  • Continuously work on identification of tax opportunities and avoidance of tax risks in personal tax, corporate tax and VAT
  • Work with the Group Global Tax Team and external advisors to develop and maintain transfer pricing documentation in accordance with relevant local legislation
  • Prepare cash forecasting (short term and longer term)
  • Manage day-to-day cash position (including any financing requirements)
Risk Management & Legal
  • Ensure that risk management is effectively embedded into the finance function, including ensuring adequate systems of internal control (segregation of duties, reconciliations, checks and balances and oversight)
  • Pro-actively identify and mitigate risks including embedding risk management philosophy with the various functions
  • Ensure compliance with local regulatory requirements, including preparing all official documents and filings required by local laws
  • Ensure appropriate finance policies are in place and monitored, and adherence to global policies

To thrive in the Quantis culture, you’ll:

  • Show up as team collaborator with a win-win attitude: empathetic, attentive and supportive of colleagues.
  • Take responsibility and ownership for your work: think and act with autonomy, while knowing when to ask for help.
  • Take initiative if something needs to be done.
  • Be positive! Use positive language, look at challenges not as bottlenecks, but as problems to solve, and see failure as a lesson learned.
  • Practice open and transparent communication; welcome effective dialogue and productive disagreement with minimal tension.
  • Self-Manage: be in the driver’s seat of your professional growth and ambitions all the while valuing the learning journey and opportunities within Quantis.

Some logistics to consider:

  • Location: Lausanne, Switzerland or Paris, France
  • Job type: full-time contract
  • Optimal start date: Asap
  • Strong collaboration with other Quantis offices (Berlin, Boston, Milan Paris, Lausanne, Zurich) via web-conferences, in English

Quantis has a distinctive, fluid structure nurtured by our Quantis Spirit and our way of collaborating that provides a positive and unique working environment. Salary will be determined based on potential for contribution to the organization’s success.

At Quantis we believe that equality, diversity and inclusiveness are central to our mission of building a sustainable future. Quantis is an equal opportunity employer that embraces people from diverse backgrounds including race, color, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, disability, religion, creed, politics, or any other non-merit factor. It is our daily commitment to ensure that each Quantisian works in an environment where they belong and where they can thrive.

To learn about the Quantis Spirit and what makes us exceptional, check out our “Braver New World” video.

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