Senior Financial Accountant - German speaking

12 Nov 2016
17 Jan 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
Role synopsis
  • Deliver Finance Group Reporting support to Germany.
  • Support of timely monthly, quarterly and annual financial close processes in accordance with the Group Reporting Manual and any other relevant standards and provide support for other Group reporting requirements such as Balance Sheet Integrity, Intercompany reconciliations and Group Charges.
  • The Lead Accountant is a pivotal role within the Group Reporting teams providing support and guidance to other team members. They will have a solid accounting knowledge and experience and will use this to work with other team members.
  • They will work on complex or difficult accounting areas requiring extensive experience in order to ensure the correct reporting and accounting treatment.
  • They will work closely with Business / Country teams supported to ensure effective delivery, to resolve issues and put in place process improvements.
  • They will also provide back up support to the Team Leader during times of team leader absence

Key accountabilities
  • To carry out the month end close processes in a timely and accurate manner for complex or difficult accounting areas requiring extensive experience in order to ensure the correct reporting and accounting treatment..
  • Resolution of issues and queries may require reference to Group Reporting Manuals and / or working closely with the Business / Country teams supported.
  • The Lead Accountant will work with the team leader and Business / Country teams to understand the priorities and work to deliver against these as required.
  • The Lead Accountant will look for opportunities to drive process improvements of a notable nature and work with the relevant people to put these in place.
  • Carrying out balance sheet reconciliation work for businesses / countries supported - query resolution will be handled independently based upon previous experience.
  • Support intercompany processes / Group recharges processes where relevant working closely with counterparties to ensure the correct treatment and resolve disputes.
  • Support the Stats and Tax processes where required working with the Stats and Tax lead accountants to understand the priorities and deliver against these.
  • To work with the Business / Country teams supported to ensure mutual understanding of all accounting entries and follow up on queries.
  • Resolve queries and issues as they arise with reference to relevant resources such as the Group Reporting Manual, working with the Business / Country teams or other support from within the BSC.
  • The Lead Accountant will act as a focal point within the team providing guidance and support to other team members, assisting in the resolution of queries and providing cover for the Team Leader in times of absence.
  • To comply with any other job-related requirements. This may be defined by an attached task list or defined by one's relevant team lead or process lead or by business contact.
  • Provide effective support to system transformations in all phases of the project.

Essential Education
  • Finance / Accounting degree
  • Fluency in English and German

Essential experience and job requirements
  • 5 to 6 year experience in related Finance area.
  • Language and interpersonal skills with particular focus on client responsiveness.
  • Strong level of analytical skills, numeracy and strong financial understanding.
  • Customer- and service-oriented thinking.
  • Readiness for action and ability to work under pressure.
  • Self confident appearance in relations to the internal and external contacts.
  • Strong communication and cooperation skills.
  • Assertiveness

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

Desirable criteria & qualifications

Relocation available

Travel required

Is this a part time position?

About BP
Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. With a workforce of 80,000 employees, BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

The Finance Function fulfills three key activities: to report financial and operational results, both internally and externally, with independence and integrity; to support business performance management and planning processes by using consistent data collection and reporting processes; and to integrate financial and commercial processes to enable end to end optimization. Finance also supports the development of annual and long term plans, strategies and performance management processes as well as provides economic analysis and Group Investment Assurance and Approval Process (GIAAP) support for business opportunities, investments and other specific projects as needed.

Corporate & Functions

Closing Date
[ "16-Jan-2017" ]