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Title:  Senior Accountant, Technical Accounting and SOX

Requisition ID:  61410
Date:  May 19, 2023

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Finance



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:


Reporting directly to the Senior Manager of Technical Accounting, the Senior Accountant is responsible for the research of technical accounting issues, maintenance of global financial policies, support of other business development activities, and all activities related to the company’s compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act including the oversight of the design and implementation of internal controls over financial reporting.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage our technical accounting policy function, providing consultation to our global team members;
  • Prepare detailed accounting memos to be distributed to the groups impacted internally that summarize the topic, technical accounting guidance, and Company’s conclusion;
  • Ensure accounting policies are maintained and properly reflect the current company and accounting landscape;
  • With the Senior Manager, own process improvement of certain control processes, including those within technical accounting and other assigned areas such as Derivatives, and offer enhancements/efficiencies to the existing processes;
  • Review revenue contracts to ensure appropriate revenue recognition in accordance with ASC 606, as well as procurement contracts, working with our legal, contracts, commercial and procurement team members;
  • Monitor, research and interpret new U.S. GAAP pronouncements and SEC reporting requirements, and assess and document the impact on the Company’s financial statements and disclosures through implementation;
  • Manage the design and coordination of the Sarbanes Oxley 404 Program, working closely with internal control owners as well as our internal and external auditors;
  • Assist in the coordination and tracking of internal/external testing of controls and track the status of gaps and remediation actions;
  • Deliver adequate and timely reporting on the internal control framework and control deficiencies to ensure appropriate communication, documentation and escalation to business partners and senior leadership;
  • Interact with cross-functional teams that include controllership, financial planning and analysis, operations, treasury, tax, investor relations, legal, human resources, internal and external audit, and others, as necessary, keeping business partners abreast of developments in accounting and financial reporting and related firm policies and positions through issuance of various publications, training sessions and other meeting forums;
  • Assists in preparation of presentation and analytical materials in support of Finance, Audit and BOD requests





Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required or equivalent experience.
  • Certifications: active CPA license required
  • Experience: 4-6 years experience in Public Accounting; candidate may be direct from public accounting or a mix of experience, including public accounting and private industry experience in multinational manufacturing companies.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong understanding of US GAAP, SEC reporting requirements and Sarbanes-Oxley 404
  • Experience with SAP and HFM preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with teams and manage multiple tasks in order to meet tight deadlines
  • Effective functional and technical knowledge
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong team player
  • Ability to work on multiple complex projects and bring those projects to successful conclusion
  • Demonstrated success in working across multiple levels of the organization including senior leadership
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times


Travel Requirements:

  • Limited travel expected – 5-10%


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Position operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. May need to stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger and reach with hands and arms
  • Use written and oral communication skills
  • Read and interpret data, information and documents
  • Must maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, tight deadlines, problem solve, and prioritize
  • Ability to make work independently and sound decision making
  • Observe and interpret situations, analyze and solve problems
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Sedentary - exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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