Financial Specialist - Accounts Payable in Amsterdam at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 7/12/2019

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Job Description

Job Title:

Financial Specialist - Accounts Payable



Stryker Europe


The Job's Mission

Within the Shared Service organization and reporting to the Team Leader Finance - Purchase to Pay, the mission of the Financial Specialist - Accounts Payable is to ensure the accuracy, reliability and integrity of the Accounts Payable processes and related accounts.  Within this mission is the responsibility to support and implement an effective system of internal controls and to ensure compliance with Stryker policies and procedures and any applicable laws and regulations, including generally accepted accounting principles. Finally, the expectation of this role is to work with the business and other functions within the Finance organization as well as stakeholders in the Purchase-to-Pay process to identify opportunities to improve the process.

Key Activities & Accountabilities

The Financial Specialist - Accounts Payable performs responsibilities related to the processing and payment of vendor invoices. These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.  Note that responsibilities may be added or removed as deemed necessary based on the needs of the business.

Shared Services

  • Support a Shared Service mindset within the department
  • Support a continuous process improvement focus

Accounts Payable

  • Ensure all invoices are posted in a timely manner
  • Ensure appropriate approvals for disbursements are obtained prior to making payments
  • Ensure transactions are posted to the correct accounts and accurately reflect the business purpose of the transaction
  • Ensure invoices are paid on time
  • Ensure all transactions are appropriately documented before authorizing payment
  • Ensure all disbursements are in compliance with local policies, laws and regulations
  • Ensure expense claims are processed and paid timely
  • Work closely with the team to resolve issues and to identify and correct root causes of errors within the department
  • Liaise with relevant parties (buyers, requestors and suppliers, etc.) to resolve critical invoice discrepancies.
  • Ensures all transactions are in compliance with US and local GAAP
  • Maintains documentation to support account balances in a manner that facilitates the efficient review and audit of books and records
  • Ensures an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close
  • Collaborates with the other departments (eg Accounting & Reporting) to support overall goals and objectives
  • Works with the internal and external stakeholders (eg. external and internal auditors) to ensure clean audits
  • Avoids legal challenges by understanding current and proposed legislation, enforcing accounting regulations and recommending new procedures
  • Protects organization's value by keeping information confidential

VAT and Intrastat Accounting

  • Ensure VAT and intrastat transactions are properly accounted for and recorded
  • Identify and communicate any issues that may indicate and increased risk to the business

Internal Controls and Compliance

  • Ensures all core processes are documented with risk and control points clearly identified
  • Ensures proper segregation of duties and delegated authorities are maintained and monitored
  • Ensures an efficient and effective system of internal controls to maintain compliance with SOX 404, anti-corruption / anti-bribery laws and regulation, Stryker policies and procedures and any other relevant laws and regulations
  • Maintain books and records to facilitate the efficient review of transactions and financial reports
  • Ensure regular monitoring of the effectiveness of internal controls and compliance processes
  • Proactively identify and report any compliance issues or emerging risks and development and implement mitigation plans. This includes compliance around HCP transactions.


  • Degree in Business and Administration or Accounting preferred
  • Fluent in English and a 2nd main language
  • Familiar with USGAAP and Sarbanes Oxley Act
  • Familiar with Oracle


  • Minimum experience of 1 to 3 years relevant working experience in Accounting, Accounts payable or Shared services


  • Ability to establish and communicate priorities
  • High level of honesty, integrity, commitment and responsibility
  • Accustomed to working under pressure and with deadlines
  • Able to resolve problems and conflicts and a professional and tactful manner

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: None

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