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Senior Accountant GL

Employer
Ralph Lauren
Location
Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Accountant
Sector
Finance
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Company DescriptionRalph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands.
At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position OverviewThe candidate's primary responsibilities will be to perform all detail accounting functions and analysis for regional GL Accounting processes including accruals, payroll, prepayments etc. for various entities across Europe. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for providing accounting assistance in support of the closing and reporting process and assisting in the ongoing review of the SOX internal control process, as well as provide support and all required documentation for internal and external audits for the GL Accounting area. The candidate will contribute to the development of continuous process improvement initiatives and best practices through leverage of technology and effective collaboration/communication.
The candidate will work on regional reporting package and statutory financial statement preparation.

Essential Duties & ResponsibilitiesAccounting:

Perform monthly legal entity trial balance P&L and balance sheet reviews for a portfolio of entities
Partner with FP&A to provide input and improve accuracy of SG&A forecasts and investigate movements in account balances.
Preparation of regional US GAAP reporting package schedules
Prepare journal entries and account reconciliations for GL accounts including accruals, prepayments, payroll for entities across the region.
Work closely with business partners across the region including FP&A, HR, Cloudpay, Marketing, etc. to improve processes and ensure accuracy of financial statements
Identification of process improvement and efficiency enhancement opportunities.

Statutory compliance
Preparation of statutory financial statements and audits for specific entities
Other

Identify and drive process improvement and efficiency enhancement opportunities including leveraging the system to drive automation.
Perform ad-hoc strategic analysis in support of new businesses/initiatives (new brands / markets / stores, etc.)
Maintain and review documented procedures and ensure compliance with SOX requirements.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Good communication skills (written and verbal) in English, another European language is a plus

Results orientated, flexible, resourceful, and self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple tasks
Strong time-management skills, ability to adhere to tight deadlines
Team player and customer service oriented, «can-do» attitude
Organized, detail oriented and disciplined in follow through and completion of tasks Education and Experience:
Previous experience in a similar finance / accounting role preferably in a shared service environment
Proficiency in Excel and fair understanding of general ledger applications (SAP experience a plus)
Accounting, finance, business or economics education / qualification

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