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Jr. Financial Accountant in Amsterdam at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 11/21/2018

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Job Description

The Job's Mission

Reporting to the Accounting and Reporting Manager, the mission of the Junior Financial Accountant – Accounting to Reporting is to ensure the accuracy, reliability and integrity of the company’s books and records and financial reports.  Europe Finance will be the preferred business partner to support Stryker’s mission, vision and promise in Stryker Europe. This will require Finance to focus on the basics of providing financial services and support, deliver value added finance service and support to Stryker Europe. It is Finance’s responsibility to assist the business in taking unnecessary costs out of its healthcare delivery system, achieve better economies of scale in the utilization of resources and leverage activities across functions and geographies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.  Finance will be a best in class function, comprised of ethical, talented and engaged people, with efficient processes and effective controls that support our functions and customers. 

This position will provide the financial oversight and local knowledge to support the local business in the country, and that of the finance function across Europe. This includes ensuring the basics are in place and operational for maintaining accurate and adequate books and records in accordance with local and US generally accepted accounting principles, actual reporting as necessary for the business, adhere an effective system of internal controls and ensure compliance with Stryker policies and procedures and any applicable laws and regulations.

Your key responsibilities

Shared Services

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

Accounting and Reporting

  • Maintains a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure
  • Ensures all transactions are in compliance with US and local GAAP and are posted in a timely manner
  • Ensures accounts are properly reconciled and properly documented on a timely basis
  • Maintains documentation to support account balances in a manner that facilitates the efficient review and audit of books and records
  • Ensures all financial transactions are properly recorded with sufficient documentation to support the business purpose of the transactions
  • Supports month-end processes to ensure an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close
  • Provides support as necessary to facilitate forecasting and budget processes
  • Supports the audit process and provides documents as necessary to facilitate the completion of audit requests

Month-end and Year-end Close

  • Prepares financial reports to satisfy Division and Corporate reporting requirements
  • Ensures financial information is reviewed to identify any issues that would impact the accuracy and reliability of financial information presented

Fixed Assets

  • Ensures fixed assets are properly accounted for and depreciated in accordance with Corporate policy


  • Ensures accounting entries are posted in a timely manner to ensure account balances are properly stated
  • Performs analysis and supports the accounting requirements for all payroll related balance sheet accounts

VAT and Intrastat Accounting

  • Ensures VAT and intrastat transactions are properly accounted for and recorded

Internal Controls

  • Responsible for ensuring that Corporate policies concerning compliance
  • Ensure accounting books and records comply with Corporate accounting policies, Sarbanes Oxley, US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and local equivalent laws

What are we looking for?

  • A bachelor or master degree in Finance
  • 1 – 3 year experience in a (GL) Accountant position or an audit firm (big four).
  • Familiar with USGAAP and Sarbanes Oxley Act (preferable)
  • Familiar with Oracle and Hyperion (preferable)
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with ERP systems (preferably Oracle).
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • High level of honesty, integrity, commitment and responsibility
  • Accustomed to working under pressure and with deadlines
  • Able to resolve problems and conflicts in a professional and tactful manner
  • Team player with great communication skills
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Any other European language is a plus

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: None


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