BASEL OFFICE - Senior Manager Accounting

Viking is a strong and dynamic company - with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships and seven ocean vessels cruising over 100 itineraries around the world. In 2022, our guests will experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with two expedition ships built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations. We will also expand our operations to the U.S. with the addition of a new Mississippi River ship.

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Senior Manager Accounting ensures the integrity of accounting information by recording, verifying, consolidating, and entering transactions. He/she reports to Executive Director of Ocean Accounting. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, general ledger accountability, and financial reporting, as well as financial profitability analysis and other special projects as assigned.

This role is based in our Operational Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Please note that we can only accept applicants who are eligible to work in Switzerland or in possession of a valid work permit.

 

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Employee restaurant (including free soft drinks and juices)
  • Regular company events, such as sport games, BBQ and cooking classes
  • Flexible working hours
  • Gifts on your birthday
  • Various discounts (e.g. for sports memberships and cultural events)
  • A modern working environment with height-adjustable desks
  • A dynamic and fast-growing environment where you can drive your future
  • A free cruise for you and your +1 every two years

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

External audit

  • Key stakeholder for the audit review (quarterly, interim and year end)
  • Liaising with our auditors on PBC lists and queries
  • Preparing analytical review analysis on results for the auditors
  • Reviewing the workpapers and support prepared by the team
  • Preparing accounting memos for external audit purposes under IFRS

Internal audit

  • Liaising with Viking internal auditors
  • Analyzing control risk areas and proposing possible solutions
  • Implementing agreed process improvements to better support the Viking control environment

Budgeting

  • Liaising with the LA FPA team, the Basel Financial reporting team and the Business in regards budgeting and forecasting

Financial analysis

  • Helping to prepare monthly group reporting packs to send to Group audit team in LA, and also helping to prepare qualitative and quantitative narratives to support the mgmt. reporting processes.

Month end

  • Standard month end process such as preparation of GL reconciliations, posting of journals in high risk areas (debt, impairment etc.)
  • Responsible for IFRS review and memo writing for complex accounting issues, such as debt financing, ship capitalization and other IFRS matters.
  • Review of work performed by Junior and Senior Accountants
  • Analyzing and critically evaluating month end/ quarter end results to pick up possible errors in cut off or calculations before closing to reduce group reporting errors.

Process Improvements

  • Review of current processes and proposing possible ways to automate or gain efficiencies in current practices (e.g. Excel macros, Power BI reports etc.)

Ad hoc projects

  • Managing and aiding with ad hoc projects such as accounting for new loans/financing, accounting for newly delivered ships, ERP transformation projects, group financing projects with the LA corporate finance team, acquisitions and disposals, Senior Management requests, tax reviews etc.

Team

  • Leading, supporting and mentoring the financial accounting team as it grows

 

If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website, including a cover letter (one page, introducing yourself and outlining why you are interested in the role) as well as your CV in English and relevant references.

For more details about this position, please contact Virginia Belli under +41 61 638 60 35.


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