Senior Accountant

  • Full-time
  • Job Posting Date: 28-Jul-2023
  • Department: Finance and Accounting

Company Description

For over 100 years, BlueScope continues to build on our reputation of quality brands and products, leading technology and a customer-first spirit. Through our global brands, we are one of the largest manufacturers of building solutions in the world. Our diverse, bright and inspired workforce is committed to bettering the communities we serve through breakthrough thinking and innovations. Your goals, ideas and perspective can help shape our future – we look forward to hearing them!   

Job Description

Shared Services is responsible for maintaining key transactional processes for BlueScope Buildings North America and keeping a customer-centric attitude.  The Sr. Accountant is responsible for managing all aspects of Shared Services project based performance improvements.  This will include assisting in ERP upgrades and implementations; increasing efficiencies in reporting and month end processes.  The Sr. Accountant will also assist in accounting based projects and financial statement compilation and reporting.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Business performance:  Driving business performance and improvement to optimize commercial and broader business outcomes. 

  • Drives the month-end close process, including preparing monthly journal entries, closing sub-ledger balances and reconciliation of account balances
  • Prepares accurate and timely financial reporting packages and can adequately respond to follow-up questions from the business unit level management, as well as the corporate teams in Australia
  • Primary contact with Corporate Accounting and for other BlueScope business units for monthly (and ad hoc) questions regarding financial statements, including required monthly variance analysis and reporting
  • Responsible for Engineering & Fixed Asset accounting, including engineering costing and close as well as placing assets in service, depreciable lives in accordance with accounting policy, asset disposal, fixed asset reconciliations and required reporting
  • Reports on Capital investment expenditures, including management of capital requests and ensure proper analysis is completed per company policies and guidelines prior to commencement of project. 
  • Manages the Leases and accounting in the lease management system per IFRS requirements, this includes monthly journal entries and reconciliations and can produce reports as required.  Liaises closely with Corporate on lease accounting and required standards
  • Manages the Intercompany processes between BlueScope entities, including month-end balances and elimination entries and reporting processes.
  • Coordinates planning, budget and forecasting for assigned areas within timetables set and partners closely with the relevant business leaders

Strategy:  Providing financial leadership; driving strategic business direction, performance and opportunities

  • Understands the broader business strategy and how Finance and Accounting impacts and helps to drive the desired outcomes and targets set for the business
  • Assists in other strategic business projects as assigned by leadership

Innovation:  Driving change and enabling innovation across the business and finance function to deliver value for external and internal customers.  Improved performance (Continuous Improvement) through change:

  • Assists in the implementation and advancement of data visualization tools for management
  • Proactively assesses new technologies and capabilities (External or within BlueScope) that does not reside with the company, providing suggestions for enhancement opportunities
  • Leverages the BlueScope network to find better ways to work and implement as practical

Governance:  Ensuring the integrity of information used for financial analysis, decision making and external reporting

  • Manages and maintains all aspects of internal controls within the responsible areas, including assisting in periodic management assessments to ensure controls are functioning as intended
  • Assists in all aspects of the annual and half year audits as it pertains to responsible areas of transactions, processes and balances, working with external audit as required
  • Participates in business unit level stewardship review providing variance analysis, supporting detail and insights related to assigned balances and relevant internal controls
  • Works closely with Internal Audits and is the main point of contact for audits that are focused on processes in responsible areas
  • Implementation of Technical Accounting policies, including documentation of technical workpapers and working closely with the Corporate accounting team

Capability:  A highly capable and engaged member of  the BlueScope Finance team

  • Responsible for cross-training & development within the team to ensure maximum performance and continuous improvement.  This includes developing and maintaining procedures and training materials as needed/required.
  • Ensures collaboration and a customer-centric attitude with internal and external customers
  • Collaborates with other functions and departments within BBNA and other North America businesses where applicable to resolve issues efficiently and effectively – building effective teams and relationships



Minimum Education & Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • 5 years experience

Preferred Education & Experience Qualifications

  • Experience with large ERP system, preferably Oracle
  • Manufacturing Experince 
  • 7 years experience
  • MBA  and/or CPA
  • Power BI and data analytic capabilities
  • Continuous Improvement - 80/20 exposure

Technical Skills & Competencies

  • Proficient knowledge of Oracle and Hyland Onbase / Brainware systems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, especially Excel
  • Action oriented
  • Drive for results
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Managing through systems
  • Organizational agility
  • Team player

Additional Information

The preceding job responsibilities and tasks were designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by associates in this job.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all job duties and responsibilities required of associates assigned to this job.  Associates may be required to perform other duties as assigned.  Additional job competencies, individual goals, and performance measurements are set at the department level.

The benefits are just as rewarding as the work at BlueScope.  To support our goal, we offer a total compensation plan and an outstanding benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability, paid time off, and retirement. 

EEO Employer/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veteran

BlueScope is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status, as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. 



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