As part its Integrated Process Plan/Project PRISMA, Group Reporting will be offshoring various roles to the Finance Operations center in Krakow. This role is part of that challenging journey.
Group Reporting delivers accurate and on time financial information to internal and external stakeholders. In addition, it is a center of expertise which sets standards, provides advice and builds capability for financial accounting and reporting within Shell.
The Business Accounting & Analysis (BAA) team within Group Reporting is responsible for advising the businesses on all major Group accounting issues, including the accounting advice on complex portfolio transactions. Where necessary the team writes papers outlining the appropriate accounting treatment and updating the Group accounting policy.
The Group Reporting Advisor Corporate is a member of the BAA team and together with her/his colleague in The Hague serves as the primary focal point for the Corporate Controller, Legal Entity Controllers and Finance Operations. She/he also plays a key role, providing accounting advice and support to the wider Corporate organization which includes the Holdings and Treasury activities of the Shell Group. At quarter-end, the Group Reporting Advisor Corporate is also responsible for analyzing, challenging and ensuring the financial integrity of the Corporate results submissions.
- The Group Controllers organization is responsible for the accounting framework of the entire RDS Group. Issues arising from accounting developments can have billions of $ impact on the Balance Sheet and hundreds of millions on the Profit and Loss Statement. Reputation issues arising from badly handled accounting issues could have a material effect on RDS share price.
- The Group Reporting Advisor Corporate is responsible for the identification and understanding of the accounting and reporting aspects of a global and diverse Corporate function and for the professional communication of related plans to senior stakeholders.
- Responsible for managing the business accounting framework, and accounting policy application by engaging and influencing a wide variety of stakeholders: Corporate Controller, Legal Entity Controllers and Finance Operations.
- Responsible for managing key relationships with the external auditors, E&Y, and resolving accounting related issues and quarterly control/closing issues in a timely manner.
- Understand the drivers of the Corporate function and use diagnostic skills, commercial acumen and relationships to identify, articulate and deliver strategic and operational solutions.
- Support Reporting & Planning teams with sector specific data required for financial statement preparation (20F), quarterly reporting (QRA) and the Group Planning process.
- Originate and Manage the Group Audit Review Papers “GARPs” in response to general Shell Group and Corporate function accounting issues related to projects and topics having significant impact on the Group financial statements.
Accountable for reviewing the Corporate Group Investment proposals “GIPs” and ensuring that risks and accounting treatment are properly framed before the EVP Controller support is granted.
Lastly, the role will have various SME areas assigned to it.
The importance of world class financial reporting has never been more evident and this is an exciting time to take on the challenge of this position. The Group Controllers organization is responsible for the accounting framework for the entire Group.
The Corporate function covers the Holdings and Treasury operations, its self-insurance activities and its headquarters and central functions. The Holdings and Treasury organization manages many of the Corporate entities and is the point of contact between Shell and external capital markets. It conducts a broad range of transactions – from raising debt instruments to transacting foreign exchange instruments.
- The Group Reporting Advisor Corporate is responsible for identification and understanding of accounting and reporting aspects of various Corporate function issues, and for the professional communication of related plans and projects to senior Corporate and other stakeholders.
- Develops deep understanding of Shell’s worldwide businesses in general and the Corporate function in particular
- Part of a global a diverse department and a team of professional staff.
- Seamless integration with both Internal/External Reporting and Business Performance teams.
- Complex Group accounting issues such as accounting for major projects and complex divestments/ acquisitions.
- Also key contributor in processes such as Impairment review of the Corporate asset portfolio.
- Builds extensive network in the Corporate function business at all levels fit for purpose business partnering with the Corporate Controllers team, Legal Entity Controllers and FO.
- Requires the ability to absorb volumes of data, reconcile and analyzes the numbers, understand the underlying business conditions and be able to communicate them under considerable time pressures.
- Requires the ability to quickly establish credibility and relationships across the Corporate function, commercial finance teams and with external auditors
- Requires the ability to translate business - and commercial challenges into accounting and reporting solutions
- Requires the ability to prioritize the key issues while dealing with conflicting priorities.
Given the wide interactions with the business, the role offers a unique opportunity to deal with a wide range of issues, but also with a wide range of stakeholders in both the Corporate Headquarters and the different businesses locations.
Experience and Qualifications required
- Working level experience as a financial accountant. Preferably experience in a number of different companies/businesses, inside or outside Shell.
- The key finance competencies required are in the areas of Business Analysis, Accounting Operations and Accounting Principles.
- Well-developed business understanding and strong business focus.
- The ability to apply a disciplined and firm approach to complex issues while applying sensible business judgment.
- The ability to work independently, resolve complex issues and work proactively, anticipating internal and external events that may affect the Groups accounts.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- The ability to work quickly and accurately under considerable time pressure, having an orientation to detail and high quality while maintaining the global picture.
- The ability to work effectively in a matrix environment given significant cross-department processes.
- Well-developed communication and influencing skills, effective at all levels in the organization. The ability to challenge data as appropriate, whilst maintaining strong relationships across the Group.
Key Competences required
Benefits of working at Shell:
- Accounting and Reporting - Skill
- Process and Data management – Skill
- Business Performance Management - Skill
- Business Partnering - Skill
- Governance and Assurance – Knowledge
- Financial Controls - Knowledge
- Risk Management – Knowledge
- Value management - Knowledge
- Demonstrates Self-mastery - Skills
- Motivates, coaches and develops - Knowledge
- Displays interpersonal effectiveness - Skill
- Demonstrates courage - Skill
- Values differences - Knowledge
- Delivers results through others - Knowledge
- Build shared vision - Knowledge
- Meaningful work in a company that is universally respected as a truly global energy leader (one of the world’s biggest companies according to Fortune Global 500)
- Unique opportunity to fulfill your potential with personal and professional development programs
- Work in a smart and motivated team within a supportive and inclusive culture with strong values
- Attractive salary and bonuses
- Complex medical care and individual life insurance
- Sports programme & facilities e.g. Multisport Benefits Card, vouchers for free time activities
- Good atmosphere at work and comfortable working environment: own canteen and a few relax rooms
- Opportunity to participate in social and community projects