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Sr Financial Reporting Analyst

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Date: Dec 7, 2018

Location: LAKE FOREST, IL, US, 600455202

Company: Grainger

Grainger is a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. More than 3.2 million businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for products such as safety gloves, ladders, motors and janitorial supplies, along with services like inventory management and technical support. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including commercial, government, healthcare and manufacturing. They place orders online, on mobile devices, through sales representatives, over the phone and at local branches. Approximately 5,000 suppliers provide Grainger with more than 1.6 million products stocked in Grainger’s distribution centers and branches worldwide.

 

 

Primary Function
Responsible for the preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements.  The role provides exposure and development in U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting.  It interfaces with Finance and non-finance professionals in Accounting and across business and corporate functions such as Investor Relations, Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury and Legal.

 

 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all aspects of the preparation of financial reports on SEC Forms 10Q and 10K, including U.S. GAAP financial statements and disclosures, MD&A and other SEC reporting requirements within established filing requirements.
  • Complete financial disclosure checklists and review financial statements and disclosure support.
  • Prepare and review electronic filings with the SEC via EDGAR and XBRL.
  • File Form 8K’s; Section 13D reports and other required SEC filings, working with the legal department.
  • Perform financial analysis and prepare support for Investor Relations and senior management for earnings releases.
  • Provide support to Investor Relations in the preparation of annual reports, fact books and analyst presentations.
  • Support the quarterly reviews and annual financial audit by E&Y.
  • Research USGAAP technical accounting matters and SEC requirements.
  • Assist with the company-wide implementation of new accounting pronouncements and reporting requirements.
  • Participate in ad hoc reporting and analysis requests. 
  • Provide support for special projects, including M&A, as needed.
  • Assist in the monthly consolidation process and preparation of financial statements, including the identification, review and maintenance of US GAAP adjustments, accounting for non-controlling interest and other areas, as applicable.
  • Provide support in process documentation, internal controls testing in conjunction with Grainger’s SOX compliance.
  • Participate in the review, interpretation and analysis of key performance indicators, economic data and other management reports to assist management in evaluating business performance.
  • Proactively highlight opportunities for process improvements, automation and standardization across business units.
  • Identify and develop new reports and analytics for management needs and analysis.
  • Provide support to other team members in the review and validation of reports and ad hoc reporting and analysis requests.

 

 

Preferred Education & Experience

  • CPA or pursuing the certification
  •  “Big 4” public accounting or related large public company experience preferred
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP and experience in SEC reporting rules and regulations preferred
  • Experience in project management, including continuous improvement efforts related to financial processes, system and tools to optimize productivity and internal controls.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to recognize unusual trends.
  • Strong sense of accuracy, attention to detail and organization.
  • Self-starter, able to multi-task and independently execute projects cross-functionally.
  • Able to work within deadline orientated environment, especially during the monthly and quarterly process is critical.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and work with others to accomplish objectives and results.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel required.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as SAP, BPC, Blackline and Workiva is a distinct plus.

 

 

Work Environment

  • Located in Lake Forest, Illinois.
  • Office environment.
  • No travel required; however, minimal travel may occur for special projects or training.

 

 

Impact

  • This role is critical to the Company’s compliance with US GAAP and SEC reporting standards, rules and regulations.  Any material error in the reporting may affect the Company’s ability to access capital markets
  • This department regularly communicates critical information to Company’s leadership team, which must be delivered timely and accurately, in order to support decision process. 
  • Serves as a financial reporting expert who provides cross-functional support for business initiatives and related analysis, along with the interpretation and practical application of various technical accounting pronouncements.

 

 

Working Relationships
External partners

  • External Big 4 auditors
  • Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Software vendors (WebFilings, Intelligize)
  • Government census agencies
  • Accounting professionals and external consultants, as appropriate

Internal partners

  • The role requires extensive interaction with individuals at various levels across the organization, including senior leadership
  • Works across business units and various functions (Finance, Accounting, Investors Relations, Corporate FP&A, Treasury, Tax)

 

 

Grainger is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or protected veteran status.


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