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Sr. Accountant

  • Job
    Senior Level
  • Accounting & Tax
  • Carlsbad

AI generated summary

  • You need a Bachelor’s degree, 5 years of accounting experience, financial software proficiency, U.S. GAAP knowledge, communication skills, cross-functional collaboration ability, continuous improvement mindset, and ideally managerial experience.
  • You will oversee accounting processes, financial analysis, technical research, audit coordination, and operational improvements within a global scientific company.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Minimum 5 years of accounting/finance experience
  • Experience completing a financial month-end close in an accurate and timely manner while maintaining a strong control environment
  • Prior experience working with financial software such as JD Edwards E1, SAP, Hyperion Financial Management or Hyperion Enterprise and Blackline
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Possess knowledge of U.S. GAAP including experience with revenue recognition and fixed asset accounting
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Can work in a large, international organization and successfully work cross-functionally with a diverse group of individuals and teams
  • An eye toward continuous improvement Designation or accounting qualification is desired
  • Managerial experience, formally or informally, leading a small team is desired


  • We support the monthly closing of accounting ledgers and the review of key LSG North America accounting processes
  • Analytical review of the monthly financial results of the LSG business
  • Technical accounting research of issues to ensure accurate accounting treatment
  • Provide guidance on large or technical transactions
  • Serve as a site accounting resource for questions on accounting or compliance related topics. In addition, support the LSG Controller as the liaison between site controllership and Technical Accounting, including the drafting and submission of technical waivers and memos surrounding reserves, exemptions, or key areas of judgment.
  • We provide oversight of the work completed by local accounting teams supporting the LSG Costa Rica Accounting Shared Service Center (GBS)
  • Support the coordination of the annual financial audit process performed by both the internal and external independent auditors
  • Ensure that LSG accounting functions are being performed as stated in company procedures, financial close schedule, and in accordance with US GAAP and SOX
  • Regular training of site controllers on corporate policies, accounting policy, accounting newsletter topics, and the Divisional Approval Authority Matrix
  • Identify and drive operational improvement initiatives


What is the primary responsibility of the Senior Accountant - LSG Controllership role?

The primary responsibility of this role is to support the division controllership function within the Life Sciences Group (LSG) of Thermo Fisher Scientific, ensuring the accurate and timely reporting of all LSG global entities.

What are some key duties and responsibilities of the Senior Accountant - LSG Controllership?

Some key duties and responsibilities include supporting monthly closing of accounting ledgers, analytical review of financial results, technical accounting research, providing guidance on large transactions, oversight of local accounting teams, coordination of annual financial audit processes, ensuring compliance with US GAAP and SOX, and driving operational improvement initiatives.

What qualifications are required for the Senior Accountant - LSG Controllership role?

Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance, a minimum of 5 years of accounting/finance experience, experience with financial software such as JD Edwards E1, SAP, Hyperion Financial Management, or Hyperion Enterprise, knowledge of U.S. GAAP, strong communication skills, ability to work in a large international organization, and managerial experience is desired.

What skills and abilities are important for success in the Senior Accountant - LSG Controllership role?

Important skills and abilities include knowledge of U.S. GAAP, effective written and oral communication skills, ability to work cross-functionally in a diverse organization, continuous improvement mindset, and ideally a designation or accounting qualification is desired. Managerial experience leading a small team is also desirable.

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Mission & Purpose

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue of approximately $40 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, increasing productivity in their laboratories, improving patient health through diagnostics or the development and manufacture of life-changing therapies, we are here to support them. Our global team delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services, Patheon and PPD.