Amazon seeks an experienced Team Lead to support Local Accounting for the LATAM business, this position will be part of the Finance Operations Accounting & Analysis (FOAA) team. FOAA performs accounting and analysis services and our primary customers are Finance Operations and Central Accounting. This position will be located in Costa Rica and will partner with Central Accounting regional contacts to deliver accurate financial statements in compliance with local regulations. The ideal candidate is a highly proactive self-starter with a strong accounting and operational background, problem solving skills and attention to detail who will take ownership and drive positive change, including evaluating and streamlining existing operational and accounting processes, controls and metrics. This role will have regular interaction across the Financial Operations organization and requires mastery in interpersonal and communication skills. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES • Supervise the Local Accounting team for LATAM countries and partner with Central Accounting regional contacts to submit accurate financial statements to local authorities with high standards of quality. • Support the transition of new businesses and implementation of local regulation changes impacting the processes owned by the organization. • Contribute to reporting and analytics deliverables within agreed SLA's established with Central Accounting. • Partner with Service Center teams to document month-end close issues; make recommendations for improved controls, as necessary. • Report on the health of the month-end close, operational and reporting processes - maintain scorecards on inputs and outputs metrics. • Create reporting capabilities and communicate the operational results through monthly reviews with Central Accounting teams. • Perform processes' dive deeps to identify improvement opportunities and underlying issues causing defects in the regular operation. • Support internal and external audit processes requiring input from the Local Accounting organization within FOAA. Ensure compliance to local regulations. Define and implement timely action plans to address and correct observations.
Accounting Degree or related field with 6 or more years of experience. Experience supervising Accounting organizations through month end closing of books / working on various sub-ledgers / compliance to local regulations and internal policies / balance sheet reconciliation & reporting activities Previous experience in Local Accounting activities for LATAM countries, special focus in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama. Understanding of taxes and local regulations in LATAM. Advanced English level Advance in Excel
Experience using Oracle Financial Applications Experience working on operational excellence and process improvement & simplification Flexible, proactive, and self-motivated Advance in written and oral communication skills Knowledge of Six Sigma defect reduction techniques Preferred Chartered Public Accounting certified locally in Costa Rica and/or any other LATAM country (i.e. Mexico or Colombia). Experience in Project Management and transitioning of work from third party vendors.