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Senior Accountant - External Reporting

Company: Univar Solutions
Location: Downers Grove
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Job Description:


Want to work for a company that is reimagining distribution?  Join Univar Solutions, the premier global distributor of chemicals and ingredients.  Our goal is to function as a direct extension of our customers’ teams; to serve as an ally in their quest of business success. 

At Univar Solutions, we’re building on our more than 90 years of experience  and drawing on deep resources – inventory and logistics experts, scientists, PhDs, procurement, customer service, sales and marketers-to deliver consultative services and an unmatched portfolio to solve customers’ formulation and operational challenges.  When you work for Univar Solutions, you’ll play an important role in shaping how we deliver more than chemical and ingredients. 



Primary Purpose:
The Senior Accountant - External Reporting is a key role and member within the Corporate Controller group that supports the external reporting process by working on the preparation of financial reports in compliance with overall SEC reporting requirements. While the role is primarily focused on the SEC reporting requirements, this role will also participate in the global consolidation financial close process, analysis of consolidated financial statements and assist with other technical accounting matters, which may include goodwill analysis and pension accounting.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of quarterly and annual consolidated financial statements, related footnotes and MD&A
  • Assists with preparation of quarterly earnings releases, investor decks and management communications
  • Assists in the XBRL review process
  • Reviews the completeness and accuracy of segment financial data submitted for reporting
  • Supports the corporate consolidation financial close process, providing the analysis for the consolidated financial statements, and working with the team to maintain effective internal controls
  • Partners and provides financial information required by other groups within the company including Treasury, Legal, Tax, Investor Relations and FP&A as needed
  • Assists with technical accounting research and analysis (SEC and US GAAP). Provides guidance to other groups within the Company and helps implement where appropriate
  • Goodwill and other long-lived asset impairment analysis and pension accounting
  • Key point of contact for the quarterly review and annual audit process with the internal/external auditors
  • Assists in submitting census reports 
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, CPA preferred 
  • 5+ years accounting experience (prefer public accounting and SEC filing experience)


Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

  • Strong accounting and reporting (US GAAP) knowledge 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to influence people and processes without direct responsibility
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, organize and meet deadlines
  • Experience working with Hyperion (HFM) and Workiva preferred


Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous PTO and much more.



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