General Electric Lead Accountant in Schenectady, New York

About Us:

Global Operations is GE’s multi-functional shared services. We operate worldwide, transfer knowledge and work with every GE business to make our company simpler, better and more customer-focused. Our culture promotes innovation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration in an open office environment that has leaders both sitting and working alongside their team. We’re looking for entrepreneurial problem-solvers who are passionate about exploring new, efficient ways of working, while gaining exposure across multiple industries. Join the team and help us deliver tomorrow’s GE, today.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www.ge.com/sites/default/files/15-000845%20EEO%20combined.pdf . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Role Summary:

The Lead Accountant will drive technical accounting compliance, financial and operational internal controls, process simplification, and operational excellence to deliver accurate financial reporting for GE's retirement plans (including GE’s affiliate businesses) within the US Pension Accounting Center of Excellence. Partnership with GE’s Corporate stakeholders, outside service providers and the GE businesses is critical to accurate reporting.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide accounting support for GE’s retirement plans, including journal entries, account reconciliations and quarterly and yearly reporting

  • Prepare financial statements and workpapers for the retirement plans

  • Review account reconciliations and other work of more junior accountants for accuracy with GAAP

  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders in order to implement process improvements that will streamline tasks and increase capacity

  • Understand and interpret applicable Enterprise Standards, SOP and Process Maps to deliver globally competitive accounting services

  • Special projects as needed to enhance business compliance and controllership

  • Responsible for general accounting and pension policy application

  • May allocate and be responsible for the quality of work in others

Qualifications/Requirements:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college (or a high school diploma/GED with at least 4 years of experience in Finance or Accounting).

Minimum of 3 additional years of experience in Accounting or Finance Operations.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Ability to influence others and lead small teams

  • Lead initiatives of moderate scope and impact

  • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously

  • Effective problem identification and solution skills

  • Proven analytical and organizational ability

  • Demonstrated financial analysis skills

  • Experience in solving complex problems

  • Experience with driving process improvements

  • Ability to deal effectively with changing priorities in a diverse organization

  • Self-starter/team player

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Excel, PowerPoint and Word)

  • Knowledge of accounting for pension plans

  • Cross-functional project leadership experience

  • Experience working in an matrix business environment

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to plan, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks and resources with changing priorities Locations: United States; New York; SchenectadyGE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening.