The Amazonian Culture
Based in Seattle, Amazon is a pioneering, dynamic, and energetic company that thrives on unique and peculiar ways. We take pride in our single-minded obsession over customer satisfaction and our ability to maintain a curious and vibrant culture no matter how large the company grows. We endeavor to build our legacy as Earth’s most customer-centric company and to continue to cultivate and nourish our innovative environment through our mission to hire the best. If you are a financial accounting professional who consistently exceeds expectations, who dares to make bold decisions, and whose ears perk up at the prospect of a challenge, then Amazon is a place where your career can flourish.
When working at Amazon, your ability to make a difference and take ownership of your career begins on day one. You can expect a collaborative, team-driven environment that encourages employees to learn, be curious, and have a bias for action. Part of this propensity for continuous learning shows itself in Amazon’s strong encouragement of rotation within the Accounting department and within the company as a whole. We aim to hire and develop those who will raise the bar over the course of their career at Amazon (and not just in their first position). Given this encouragement for rotation, and given our company’s ever-increasing growth, we are always looking for strong candidates to fill new positions and backfill existing ones.
Job Description and Responsibilities
The global accounting organization supports Amazon’s financial reporting, internal control, intercompany, and transfer pricing activities as well as global business launches for Amazon’s consumer products, digital initiatives, merchant, operations, logistics, payments, and cloud computing lines of business. Amazon’s accounting group offers opportunities in Legal Entity & Intercompany, Accounting Policy & Reporting, Operations and Capital, Transportation, Payments & Merchant Services, Retail Operations, Digital, and AWS Accounting.
This position will have responsibility for supporting all parts of our financial reporting process. In addition, this position will be expected to understand internal control design concepts sufficient to assess the effectiveness of controls in their area and to influence the design of systems, processes and controls for emerging and growing business activities. Technical accounting research and position paper writing will be a requirement of this position. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate they were top performers at their level.
Degree in accounting or related field with sufficient experience to sit for the CPA exam (a CPA license is not required for this position)
Nine or more years of related work and senior management experience
Expert-level understanding of the COSO internal control framework as well as the ability to assess and teach control design and operational efficiency concepts to more junior team members
Familiarity with GAAP research tools and the FASB codification
Experience with researching and documenting support for accounting conclusions
CPA (or equivalent)
Accounting senior management Big Four (public) accounting experience with Fortune 500 clients
Operational accounting experience with one or more Fortune 500 companies for more than two years
Controller or Finance Director experience in public or private companies
Experience working with a fast-paced, high-tech start-up or similar company
Demonstrated history of solving multiple complex operational and accounting challenges
Aptitude for team leadership—influencing and galvanizing others to follow you toward a solution
Natural propensity for organization and an aptitude for information technology
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
Excellent analytical skills
Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer –
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