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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Opening Manager Technical accounting with a Fortune 500

Manager Finance Operations(TAG)

TAG has an active role consulting with the lines of business on accounting issues, including providing guidance on new and existing accounting pronouncements. This position is responsible for researching technical accounting issues to determine the appropriate accounting treatment, as well as evaluate existing accounting within the business. The role would also involve working on US GAAP closing & reporting procedures.

Principal Responsibilities:.
Technical Accounting
· Learn about emerging accounting issues that may impact MetLife’s reporting obligations under both GAAP and Statutory requirements.
· Research technical accounting issues and accounting policy/procedure matters. Interpret and project the financial impact on US Operations, both on a GAAP and a statutory basis.
· Prepare position papers presenting the Technical Accounting Group’s interpretation of the issues, application of appropriate guidance and conclusion on the accounting treatment.
· Stay abreast of new accounting changes/developments. Analyze technical pronouncements and ask questions to gain an understanding. Evaluate and effectively communicate implications for MetLife of the proposed issue. Assist with implementation of new accounting pronouncements.
· Working with the business on preparation of accounting reporting US GAAP schedules and other back up supporting requirements.

Customer Focus and Partnership
· Partner with various units (Financial Reporting, Expenses, etc) in order to understand the accounting issues.
· Provide timely and accurate guidance/assistance in evaluating accounting treatment/processes/procedures to various groups within the business.
· Build relationship with Corporate Technical Accounting Service Unit (TASU) and TAG members from other business units. Work collectively with various groups to resolve complex issues.

Time/Project Management
· Prioritize and focus to meet customer expectations and project deadlines.
· Work under constant changing environment.
· Manage multiple tasks to ensure all deliverables are completed by due dates.

Perform ad hoc tasks/projects

Competencies / Skill requirements
· 2-4 years of financial accounting/ reporting experience (atleast 1-2 years of US GAAP experience mandatory)
· Good understanding of accounting guidance. A willingness to analyze technical pronouncements and ask questions to gain an understanding. Sound technical and research skills as demonstrated by an understanding and practical application of various accounting guidance
· An inquisitive and logical thinking mind and strong analytical and problem solving skills.
· Strong interpersonal skills (independence and confidence to present views and perspectives).
· Excellent communication skills, including effective and concise writing skills and verbal communication skills.
· Ability to quickly acquire an understanding of the organization's operations and its accounting systems.
· Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously, to prioritize and meet deadlines.
· Goal oriented.
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
· Proficiency with computer systems, PC’s and financial software applications. Proficiency in Microsoft Office software packages. Working knowledge of PeopleSoft a plus.
· Insurance industry experience preferred.
· Chartered Accountant with 3-5 years of experience ( at least 1-2 years of experience in US GAAP financial closing & reporting is mandatory)
· Chartered Accountant with a CPA would be preferred
· Chartered Accountant from a Big 4 would be preferred

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