Accountant

Permanent contract|Hong Kong|Corporate Finance / Accounting

Accountant

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Permanent contract Corporate Finance / Accounting

Responsibilities

Responsibilities : 

Financial Performance Analysis

  • Monitor the month-end closing to ensure all significant variances on PNL items are well justified
  • Analyze and evaluate financial performance by monitoring different indicators and variances between actual and budget, comparing the results among different accounting periods.  Explain key messages on performance in a concise manner for management purpose

Tax

  • Prepare all relevant tax calculations and schedules for annual tax filing
  • Produce information required for annual transfer pricing documentation and develop a good understanding of the Group’s Transfer Pricing policies and methodologies 
  • Support to handle tax queries from tax authority if any

Data & Digital

  • Act as digital champion in the team to support embracing in the digital transformation journey.  Identify processes which are currently manual or semi-annual and eligible for digitalization through analytics tools or automation, propose solution and implement with new technologies
  • Act as a pilot for all local Finance teams in Asia for new solutions proposed by data scientist in Finance Asia, by facilitating in development, testing and providing feedback on the proposed solutions, of which his or her contributions will be benefitting to all local Finance teams in different countries
  • Training on data & digital will be provided in house to facilitate the digital transformation, therefore a self-starter with eagerness to learn and improve is strongly expected

Oversight for Procurement to Pay (P2P)

  • Oversight function for P2P services offshored to India, playing a role of relay for onshore teams.  Provide feedback on any proposed change of P2P process or projects from Finance perspective
  • Monthly Account Certification Process - Review the controls documentation (e.g. reconciliations) provided by P2P team.  Identify anomalies and proactively follow up with P2P team on the status of action plan

Transversal Topics

  • Support the CFO & manager for any ad hoc or new initiatives/ ideas to improve the deliverables of the Finance team

Profile required

Profile Requirements:

  • Strong analytical skills to evaluate data, attention to details with financial sense, challenge when there is abnormal variance or it is unreasonable
  • Good organization and multi-tasking skills 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with proficiency in written and spoken English and Cantonese (Cantonese speaker is a strongly preferred for better integration with other team members) 
  • Relevant experience in building analytics tools or model that enable accounting or financial analysis process in relation to large dataset of accounting data.
  • Basic experience in programming or basic coding including but not limited to VBA, Python, SQL or relevant vendor solution like PowerBI.
  • Basic understanding about technical design such as the use of objects, data architecture and data framework and data cleansing methodology.  
  • Basic understanding about popular trend in data & digital aspect, e.g. machine learning discipline and data technology including but not limited to data visualization, data analytics and big data.

Behavioral Competency Required:

  • Being an initiative taker who is eager to learn and able to work independently after taking guidance from manager
  • Mindset of continuous improvement through new technology (e.g. data analytics) and aiming for simplification with quality   
  • Team spirit and collective mindset - be open-minded for collaborations to find best solutions
  • Strong commitment to deliver, proactive and responsible
  • Good sense of operational risks and control mindset

Qualification:

  • University graduate in Finance or Accounting. CPA is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experiences in Finance Department in banking industry 
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Relevant experiences in Data and Digital area:

                  o    Relevant experience in building analytics tools or model that enable accounting or financial analysis process in relation to large dataset of accounting data
                  o    Basic experience in programming or basic coding including but not limited to VBA, Python, SQL or relevant vendor solution like PowerBI
                  o    Basic understanding about technical design such use of objects, data architecture and data framework and data cleansing methodology
                  o    Basic understanding about popular trend in data & digital aspect, e.g. machine learning discipline and data technology including but not limited to data visualization, data analytics and big data

Business insight

Company Description
Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. Founded in 1864, we have been playing a vital role in the economy for over 150 years. With more than 148,000 employees based in 76 countries worldwide, we accompany 32 million clients throughout the world on a daily basis. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial strength with a strategy of sustainable growth.

ASIA-PACIFIC (ASIA), as one of the Business Units of Societe Generale, operates in 12 locations across the Asia Pacific region, employing over 2,500 employees with the regional headquarter located in Hong Kong. Our activities here are centered on Societe Generale's Global Banking & Investor Solutions pole (GBIS), a major growth engine for the Group and a key pillar of Societe Generale's universal banking model. Our expertise in Asia Pacific ranges from Corporate & Investment Banking (Advisory, Financing and Global Markets) to Asset Management, Global Transaction Banking and specialised financial services like Equipment & Vendor Finance and Vehicle Leasing & Fleet Management. In addition, Societe Generale's Global Solution Centre (SGGSC) in Bangalore and Chennai offers customised business solutions to the Societe Generale Group globally including ASIA.

Department Description

We are seeking for a high calibre finance professional with data analytics and digitalisation background to join our team as Accountant and reports to CFO of Societe Generale Hong Kong Branch. It is a team of 6 people based in Hong Kong

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 21000GAG
Entity: Societe Generale Hong Kong Branch
Starting date: 2021/07/05
Publication date: 2021/05/24
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