• Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 19 Oct 17

AVP, Accounting

Location: New York, NY, USA

  • Collaborate with MA Sales Operations, FP&A, Project Management, Product Management / Strategy and Salesforce.com system team, to improve upstream process/data flow
  • Project lead for the Finance Operation Model (FOM) initiative, a multi-year project to comprehensively review the existing MA order to cash process with a view to optimizing/upgrading our financial systems
  • Gather system improvement requirements (including PeopleSoft general ledger, Salesforce.com CRM system, FinancialForce time-tracking system, Hyperion reporting system, and RevPro revenue subledger) from the MA Revenue team and represent the team in discussions with key business stakeholders
  • Conduct quarterly or monthly meetings with Product Management / Strategy teams to understand pricing changes and new product features, and maintain a product library with accounting policies for each product line
  • Represent the MA Revenue team in meetings with upper management to discuss accounting position, as needed
  • Accounting research, drafting white papers, updating SOX narratives and other process documentation
  • Review and approve new product setup and ongoing maintenance, including all key product attributes
  • Ownership of performance obligation (POB) templates for all POB types and of standalone selling price (SSP) stratifications in RevPro
  • Review and approve monthly AR reconciliation, aging and flux comments. Lead quarterly AR Reserve calculation, review and post reserve provision journal entries. Present at AR Allowance meeting. Support internal and external audits for the responsible functional area
Other Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrates expertise in subject matter, including accounting systems, processes and revenue recognition concepts
  • Initiates research, reviews and responds to inquiries from upper management regarding financial results and reporting requests (i.e. fluctuation variances, aging, process flows, quarterly update meetings, etc.)
  • Coordinates finance due diligence work on potential acquisitions and manages the corresponding acquisition accounting work
  • Work closely with the Legal and Tax teams regarding the accounting impact of post-acquisition legal entity restructuring, new transfer pricing initiatives, and the transfer of sales contracts between Moody's entities
  • Participates in Controllership change management processes, providing feedback and comments, and communicates Corporate changes to the respective teams
  • Advises staff regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions
  • Identifies, researches, and resolves technical and operating accounting issues through regular and special analysis to ensure proper accounting recognition; communicates to upper management
  • Reviews contracts to ensure compliance with Moody's policies and identify accounting implications; provides value-added feedback to legal or other departments; communicates to upper management
  • Monitors and analyzes work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Responsible for the overall direction, execution, and completion of ad-hoc projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments and goals
  • Reviews the quarterly Earnings Release, 10K, 10Q and/or other external filings
  • Reviews supporting documentation and account analyses for internal and external audits
  • Provides expert opinion on US & Local GAAP, internal control policies and Moody's Global Accounting Policies (MGAP) with respect to their procedures.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
  • Manages personnel issues relating to staff conflicts, absenteeism, performance issues, etc.
  • Works with each direct report to establish annual goals and objectives and monitor and advise on the progress to enhance the professional development of staff


  • Must have a bachelor's degree in Accounting, or a related field
  • 8+ years accounting experience, including at least 3 years of management experience (preferably in a large multi-national company or in a major CPA firm)
  • CPA preferred
  • Expert knowledge of SEC reporting requirements
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of major systems critical to the order to cash process; i.e. CRM (preferably Salesforce.com), time tracking (preferably FinancialForce), revenue subledger (e.g. RevPro, RevStream) and general ledger (preferably PeopleSoft)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, analytic skills, and attention to detail

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