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Senior Accountant

Company: Chandon
Location: Yountville
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

Description Lead winery accounting, administrative and taxes operations while making sure that deadlines and compliance guidelines and requirements are met. The role implies being detailed oriented so all processes are well documented and accurately booked. Major goals are to prepare clean closings (coordination, bookkeeping, accounts reconciliation and reporting), participate in insurance policies and claims management, adapt processes to new guidelines and compliance requirements and support audit processes. The role also implies being able to produce simplified financial statements and being able to communicate findings to the CFO and other top management members. All responsibilities are to be carried with strict adherence to internal control principles, including Ethics & Compliance, in place at Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyards. WINERY ACCOUNTING, TAXES AND COMPLIANCE OPERATIONS Act as first referent in terms of accounting processes in the company (how to process bookings, guide correct coding of Purchasing Orders and Invoices, internal or external financial audits, internal control audit, property tax assessments, etc.). Fulfill the role of Accounting BPO (Business Process Owner) and act as business partner. Assure communication with Headquarters in Paris and NY on Balance Sheet and Tax reporting. Assure that company bookings are in line with MH and LVMH Chart of Accounts and with compliance guidelines and requirements. Be up to date in terms of new rules, laws or regulations and proactively communicate the business impact of any changes to management Accounting Business Process Owner. Ensure completeness and accuracy of Financial Statements Lead and coordinate closing processes and manage reporting calendar and deadlines Ensure integrity and exhaustivity of processes in SAP regarding closing process Ensure proper and organized storage of accounting documents, any support calculations, and according to: legal requirements/rules/norms/guidelines accounting principles/rules/norms/guidelines/COA fiscal requirements/rules/norms/guidelines Assure closing reporting of BS, Tax and Cash in SyRUS Adapt systems in order to reflect any changes that may impact financial bookings or to ensure compliant necessities Responsible for reconciliation of assigned Balance Sheet accounts Reviews and enters manual accruals and exceptions in order to maintain consistency and internal controls Responsible for investigating, identifying and resolving issues relating to the general ledger accounting Prepare & document recurring and adjusting journal entries as necessary Provide support and training as necessary to ensure a proper accounting process Assure accurate (based on solid calculation models in excel) of any required report regarding fiscal or municipal/state/national authorities : Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), State of California Winegrower and Distilled Spirits, State Board of Equalization, County Tax Collectors, and various other taxing/reporting agencies Amongst others: track annual property tax billing from local county governments for both wineries. Ensure accuracy of billing and timely payment of property taxes. Develop and execute appropriate amortization of pre-paid property taxes in Companies' general ledger. File property tax statements. Assure the management, updating, and maintenance of all applicable business licenses and permits for both wineries Ensure processes requiring segregation of duties are followed in order to maintain the integrity of information and prevent fraud ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS Responsible for creating, maintaining and communicating policies and procedures relating to assigned accounting processes Maintain and track appropriate list of personnel with TTB Power of Attorney (POA) Assure the update and creation of every process for the position Assist on Legal and coordinate insurance on the following topics Coordinate policies renewal process with LVMH Inc Communicate with lawyers the changes regarding Bank Powers, Company signing rights, etc. Assist on creating purchase orders for Finance Expenses on Legal, Insurance and Staff Costs TAXES & EQUITY Assure calculation, and, analysis, reconciliation and bookings for: Excise Tax Income Tax (including Income Tax filings documentation coordinated by LVMH Inc.) Local and State property and grape growing taxes and assessments Sales Tax Sales Tax on purchases CA Recycle Tax and other ad hoc fees as per State requirements Duties on Importations on imports of dry goods Pension Plans Ensure proper archiving of accounting documents, according to legal requirements. Execute reporting to and manage communications with Company's insurance agents Manage and maintain both wineries' vineyard insurance policies Develop and execute appropriate amortization of pre-paid insurances fees Administer and follow through all filed insurance claims BUSINESS PARTNERING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT Proactively communicate with management any potential risks as well as opportunities for improvement, and provide recommendations to management Challenge and upgrade the efficiency of accounting processes: application of professional judgment is expected to streamline and optimize these processes with consideration of the impact across the finance department and the business. Serve as key advisor to General Accounting Manager (GAM) and CFO to ensure processes requiring segregation of duties are followed in order to maintain the integrity of information and prevent fraud. Advisor to executive management on preventative measures to reduce potential liabilities for both wineries Ad-hoc projects. For instance: Upgrade of GL Reconciliation Master Files on assigned GL accounts Structured mapping between SAP, SyRUS and Topaz, BS P&L Requirements Education : Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or in related field required (requirement may be waived with enough professional experience); incumbent is grandfathered into position and exempt from this requirement Languages : English fluent, French (a plus), Spanish (desirable) Professional experience & know how : 5-7 years in Accounting Department of mid-sized companies (MH experience could be determinant, LVMH is highly valuable) or 3-4 years in Big Four as auditor or financial consultant on accounting process. 1-2 years' experience in winery industry is a plus Technical & management skills : Extraordinary excel skills. Evident expertise on Accounting principles and compliance management. Knowledge of fiscal norms/rules. Accounting ERP experience is excluding factor except for Big4 or group candidates (SAP knowledge could be considered as determinant) Personal & interpersonal skills : Curious, hands-on, and likes to get involved with the business. Proactive in search of small projects aiming at improving departments efficiency, team player, excellent organizational skills and detail oriented. Likes to be considered as someone that works well. Strong analytical skills Time Management : Effectively accomplish multiple tasks and deadlines by documenting, tracking, and prioritizing to ensure deadlines are met on time, and issues are proactively escalated to management Ability to work independently : Ability to apply professional judgment to resolve issues and support the accounting team and the business without direct daily supervision Benefits In addition to a generous base salary, we are please to offer our employees an exceptional package of benefits, including: LVMH Group Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision); LVMH Group Insurance and Pension Plans; Paid Vacation and Personal Leave; Ongoing Professional Development; Health, Wellbeing and Event Benefits; Wine Allocation and Discounts; and Annual Performance Incentive Scheme. CHANDON California is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and welcome diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive community. Employment Type: Full Time Years Experience: 5 - 10 years Salary: $82,000 - $123,000 Annual Bonus/Commission: No

Keywords: Chandon, San Francisco , Senior Accountant, Accounting, Auditing , Yountville, California

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