Senior Accountant - AP/T&E

A mutually rewarding experience.


Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there's more to being in business than just making a profit. That's the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.¬  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.


Because it's never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It's about how you can grab everything that's within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It's about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we'll all be a little better off. It's that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.


About Mars, Incorporated¬ 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's¬ , SNICKERS¬ , TWIX¬ , MILKY WAY¬ , DOVE¬ , PEDIGREE¬ , ROYAL CANIN¬ , WHISKAS¬ , EXTRA¬ , ORBIT¬ , 5‚„Ę, SKITTLES¬ , UNCLE BEN'S¬ , MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA¬ . Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD¬ Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl¬ , VCA¬ and Pet Partners‚„Ę. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles ‚€“ Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom ‚€“ inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.




This role is a member of the North American Mars Global Services ‚€“ Finance (Accounts Payable (AP) and Travel and Expense (T&E)) team. The primary responsibilities of this role are providing reliable cash forecasting to business units, oversight of AP Audit & Controls, and serving as the conduit between AP/T&E Transformation and operations.¬ ¬ 


It is critical that this role report directly into the AP/T&E Manager in order for standardization and transformational efforts to get traction within the department, as line of one. However, this role is an integral part of the MFS AP/T&E transformational journey and so will maintain an indirect reporting relationship into the AP/T&E Transformation Lead.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Support Financial Operations

    • Lead the adequacy of internal control environment and make recommendations regarding Accounts Payable/Travel & Expense Internal Controls.

    • Serve as primary lead to the Internal and External Audit team.

    • Ensure compliance with Internal Control framework.

    • Review 3rd party vendor's SSAE16 report to ensure compliance to all necessary controls.

    • Anticipate and initiate change in the business environment and develop and implement compensating system / process modifications.

    • Ensures closure of action items from audits

  • Transformation

    • Working with AP/T&E Transformation Lead, determine operational impact of initiatives and develop implementation plan

  • Forecasting and Analysis

    • Co-pilot business units by partnering with local S&F teams to deliver financial reporting, insights, and analysis

    • Perform complex ad hoc financial analysis and reports, as required.

  • Continuous Improvement

    • Lead continuous improvement initiatives, aiming to deliver efficiencies in operations.

    • Lead standardization and documentation efforts across supported processes.

Education & Professional Qualification:


  • Bachelor's degree Accounting / Finance or Business required

  • CPA preferred

  • MBA preferred

  • 4 to 6 years of relevant experience




  • In-depth knowledge of Procure-to-Pay process, GAAP, auditing & control environment

  • 3 years of Accounting experience

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills required

  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines is essential

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills




Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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