Staff Accountant

Job description

Breitling U.S.A., Inc. (“Breitling” or the “Company”) designs and creates high-precision timepieces with an uncompromising commitment to design excellence. Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation, playing a pioneering role in the development of the wrist chronograph. Renowned for its spirit of innovation, Breitling has earned a place of privilege in aviation, science, sport, and technology. Breitling manufactures its own movements in-house, and the quality of every watch is confirmed by its status as a Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC)-certified chronometer, made in Switzerland.

Position Summary:  The Staff Accountant at Breitling USA, Inc will assist the Finance and Accounting Team Lead and the Senior Accountant with general ledger responsibility, including month-end journal entries, reconciliations, and fixed asset and depreciation schedule management. Additionally, the Staff Accountant will offer assistance with the audit process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assist with all general accounting activities for the organization; work with Finance and Accounting Team Lead to establish general accounting processes and objectives.
  • Complete month-end journal entries related to the financial close to ensure accounting objectives are achieved within tight deadlines.
  • Manage cash reconciliations, including daily and monthly bank reconciliations
  • Assist with intercompany reconciliation during month-end according to monthly accounting close deadlines.
  • Assist with fixed assets, and depreciation schedules (including Work in Progress).
  • Assist with and maintain various balance sheet accounts and monthly reconciliations, including prepaid expenses, accrued personnel, misc. accrual, rent expense, and deferrals.
  • Assist with AR & AP reconciliations. Ensure reconciling items are timely resolved.
  • Contribute to the preparation of monthly management reports and accompanying schedules, including interpretation and communication of results.
  • Compile sales and use tax data and interfacing with external service providers to file and pay periodic returns.  Oversee any state sales & use tax examinations.
  • Assist with annual external audit, including preparation of audit request items and schedules.
  • Streamline general accounting processes and procedures for continuous improvement and automation.
  • Contribute to department and organization special projects as assigned.
  • Undertake cross-functional tasks of Accounting department (e.g. Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable) and work with other associates as requested by the Finance/Accounting Team Lead when necessary.

Job requirements

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Critical Thinking and Analysis - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflows and procedures.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem-solving situations; uses reason in complex situations.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance from an accredited university.
  • 2-3+ years’ experience in full spectrum of accounting activities.
  • Experience in retail preferred with knowledge of accounting for inventories.
  • Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Experience working in a global company preferred; understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as well as state and federal taxes.
  • Must be able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willing to take on new tasks with a high level of difficulty.
  • Ability to work with minimal up-front guidance and take ownership of his / her work product.

Language Ability:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Problem-solving attitude with high level of professionalism and ability to communicate across diverse groups of employees and departments.

Math and Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data to prepare accurate statements, summaries, and reports.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, with ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Excellent analytical skills.

Software Skills:

  • Experience with major accounting software packages (SAP + Microsoft Dynamics GP Great Plains)
  • Advanced experience with MS Excel.

Work Environment:

The employee works primarily at the Company’s headquarters office, generally during the normal operating hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm and may occasionally work outside of these hours as needed. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to hold, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Breitling USA, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law.