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Group Accounting Manager [Fixed-term]

  • Grenchen, Solothurn, Switzerland

Job description

Breitling stands apart from other watch brands with its focus on casual, sustainable and inclusive luxury. We are looking for a Group Accounting Manager to support monthly financial statements delivery and drive improvements of accounting and reporting processes. In this position, you will report directly to the Global Director of Group Accounting.

This is a temporary role for 9-10 months, starting in May/June. 

The position is based in our Grenchen office with flexibility to work from home 2 days a week.

Main goals of the position:

  • As part of the group accounting team, deliver a significant contribution to ensure fully accurate, compliant, and timely reporting of monthly consolidated financial statements and other reporting requirements,
  • Driving implementation and continuous improvement of clear, structured and efficient accounting and reporting guidance and processes and related controls including optimizing digitalization opportunities,
  • Developing accounting and reporting guidance, prepare and execute accounting training for finance,
  • Working fully integrated in the group accounting department of Breitling and closely working together with internal and external stakeholders.

Main tasks of the position:

  • Preparation of monthly consolidated management reporting
  • Planning and preparing of audit-ready consolidated interim and annual consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS
  • Contributing to continuous enhancement of group-internal accounting and reporting guidance, implementation of such as well as ensuring adherence thereto (includes developing and executing training of finance community in the field of accounting)
  • Act as a business partner for group affiliates for any accounting and reporting topics
  • Contributing to operational excellence in the period-end closing process (e.g. implementation of automatization in the closing process, preparation period-end closing instructions etc.)
  • Planning and execution of balance sheet reviews
  • Contributing to continuous improvement of internal controls over financial reporting at group and affiliate level
  • Supporting of and working collaboratively with other finance (tax, treasury, controlling) and business functions (e.g. marketing, sales, production) in the context of special topics and transactions (e.g. merger and acquisitions, integration of new affiliates, significant contracts etc.)

Job requirements

  • Excellent in Excel and good knowledge in other MS office applications
  • Good skills in Tagetik or a comparable consolidation and group reporting tool
  • Experience in SAP FI / CO is an advantage
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills
  • Precise and result-driven working attitude
  • High self-motivation and real team-player
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and to meet reporting deadlines
  • Ability to identify and implement areas of improvement of processes and policies
  • Swift adaptation to changes in priorities or circumstances
  • Timely, transparent, and receiver-oriented communication
  • Strong skills in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Good knowledge of accounting rules in accordance with Swiss Code of Obligation is an advantage
  • Full business proficiency in English is required, French/German would be a nice to have


  • At least 3-5 years of business experience in similar role (group accounting, consolidation, audit) with consulting / accounting company or an international corporate, ideally in the luxury industry
  • Used to work in a dynamic environment with multiple project running simultaneously and delivering tangible results on a timely basis
  • Experience in introducing and consistently maintaining structured and efficient accounting processes and related controls


  • Bachelor- or master-degree in business administration, ideally with a focus in finance, or similar education (e.g. CPA / charted accountant)

At Breitling, we are:

  • Entrepreneurially-minded
  • Doers and results-driven
  • Innovative thinkers
  • Explorers and experimenters
  • Ethical and inclusive
  • Inspired by heritage and craftsmanship


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