Corporate Accounting Manager - Compensation

Company: First Data ( Learn More )

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Job Description

First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology solutions, serving more than six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. Our 23,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year. First Data is committed to staying at the forefront of our industry, and we are innovating a wide range of next-generation commerce technology solutions to help our clients better detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending patterns and build customer loyalty. There are many exciting opportunities for talented individuals who would like to join our team and play a meaningful role in helping us shape the future of global commerce.

First Data’s Shared Services organization, which includes the Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Marketing, Communications, Finance, Strategy, Compliance, Legal, Security, Sourcing, and Properties functions, supports our mission to drive our clients’ success with industry-leading solutions, consultative advice and service. The Shared Services teams align with our customer-facing teams in a model that drives consistency, yet also provides the flexibility needed to meet unit-specific goals. Our Shared Services employees bring the domain expertise that helps First Data retain and grow our base of owner-associates, drive profitable growth, navigate complex channel partnerships, and build First Data’s brand equity.

Position Description Overview

Compensation Accounting Manager leads team supporting accounting for various aspects of payroll, vacation, relocation, bonuses, stock compensation, benefits, workers compensation, severance, and other partner-related costs. Team also supports various upstream and downstream teams, including business unit Accounting teams, Finance, Payroll Operations, Compensation, etc.  First Data utilizes SAP for payroll accounting, Oracle as our ERP, and ADP for payroll processing.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages the compensation and benefits accounting team, including members in our shared services center in India, while partnering with payroll and operations, to ensure the compensation programs are being accounted for in accordance with US GAAP.
  • Reviews account reconciliations for appropriate completion and adherence with US GAAP.
  • Deasl successfully with ambiguity, managing multiple priorities and able to lead team through complex changes.
  • Effectively influences to help support and implement organizational priorities and initiatives.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert in payroll and compensation accounting practices and processes, provides customers with clear and consistent guidance and education.
  • Leads and motivates the team to improve or simplify current process.
  • Manage and execute month-end close process to ensure timely and accurate financial data in compliance with GAAP and Company policies. Recommends solutions, maintains consistency and leadership when issues arise during close.
  • Identifies key risks and opportunities and works cross functionally to provide solutions that drive process improvements and strengthen the control environment.
  • Advises on accounting and financial impacts of new or proposed transactions, quantifies opportunities and risks, and recommends solutions.
  • Provides oversight to ensure systems, processes and internal controls are consistently applied.

  • Job Requirements

    Job Requirements

    • Bachelors degree in Accounting or related field
    • CPA preferred
    • 5+ years relevant financial experience, including within a fast-paced, multi-national company
    • 3+ years of People Management experience required
    • Experience overseeing a team within shared service centers preferred
    • Experience with ADP is a plus
    • Experience with Blackline is a plus
    • Intermediate to advanced MS Excel skills
    • Public accounting experience a plus
    • Experience with SAP/Oracle preferred
    • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities effectively in a fast paced environment, while exhibiting exceptional attention to detail and continuously driving process improvements
    • Ability to work independently
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    First Data is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled/LGBT)

    First Data provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity/expression), disability, veteran status and military status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, or any other factor that may be protected by law.