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Manager, Technical Accounting - Chicago or Decatur, IL or Erlanger, KY



IT, Accounting & Finance
Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Manager, Technical Accounting - Chicago or Decatur, IL or Erlanger, KY


IL - Illinois

Finance, Accounting, Audit

Job Description

Manager, Technical Accounting - Chicago or Decatur, IL or Erlanger, KY
This is a full-time, exempt position.
Overview of Scope:

  • Technical Accounting (TA) is primarily responsible for the preparation and filing of the Company’s Forms 10-Q, 10-K, and 8-K (Earnings Release) with the Securities and Exchange Commission, implementing new and updated accounting standards that are relevant to ADM, and providing support to the organization through the TA consultation service to ensure transactions are accounted for in accordance with U.S. GAAP. TA maintains the accounting policy library and works with policy owners within the various Centers of Excellence (COE) to ensure policies are updated to reflect changes to the accounting standards. Individuals within this group also review the impairment analysis performed by the Valuation COE and functional currency forms.
  • Managers at ADM play a key role in ensuring that fundamental responsibilities of Accounting Services are completed in a timely and accurate manner. They build leadership skills by seeking out formal and informal opportunities to develop and demonstrate abilities to lead and manage work and resources. Managers display a strong understanding of accounting systems and processes and demonstrate ability to "think outside the box" by applying creative solutions to situations. Managers also demonstrate strong skill in identifying opportunities for improvement to departmental accuracy, timeliness and efficiency, and implementing feasible solutions. Individual Contributor Managers have no direct supervisory responsibilities.
  • This is an accounting position within TA with a high potential for career growth, increasing responsibility, and exposure to executive financial management. The position offers the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge of ADM's operations and consolidated financial information and is responsible for managing the accounting policy process and the technical accounting consultation process which includes the work performed by subject matter experts and performing technical accounting research.
Overview of Key Responsibilities:
  • Concurrently serve as the North America TA Lead
  • Maintain the accounting policy library and work with policy owners, subject matter experts, reviewers, and approvers on all aspects of the accounting policy work
  • Manage the TA consultation process including the work performed by subject matter experts
  • Provide TA guidance to the accounting organization and other departments
  • Implement new accounting standards by recommending the appropriate accounting methods and procedures and communicating and coordinating these matters with the accounting organization and other departments
  • Verify and/or prepare support for footnotes to ADM's quarterly and annual financial statements filed with the SEC
  • Organize and maintain documentation and support for all departmental activities
  • Assist management on special projects as needed
  • Communicate with various levels of accounting management in the U.S. and international locations
  • Assist in resolving accounting and disclosure comments from external auditors
  • Constantly look for ways to improve current processes/develop new and more efficient processes
Collaboration & Teamwork:
  • Aligns goals to ensure that success is defined in terms of mutual objectives, both within and across departments
  • Secures executive sponsorship that reinforces cross-functional efforts
  • Works effectively across geographic, departmental, and organizational boundaries to positively influence the business
Communication / Effective Conversations & Feedback:
  • Articulates especially complex matters in a way that is easily understood by people up and down the organization
  • Coaches peers in the effective dissemination and presentation of information
  • Creates and improves processes so information can be shared in a timely and effective manner
Accountability & Resourcefulness:
  • Takes full responsibility for overall execution and delivery of critical tasks or projects
  • Backs up commitments with planning (risk management, project management, contingency planning, etc.) that ensures the organization can deliver what is required
  • Implements effective reporting systems that keep all stakeholders informed of progress
  • Demonstrates to everyone that ethical behavior is inseparable from good business
  • Helps managers and their teams to make sense of, and react professionally to, unforeseen and undesirable circumstances
  • Gives honest, non-defensive answers to tough questions
Innovation for Our Customer:
  • Helps others understand how excellence and innovation can and should co-exist
  • Champions ground-breaking ideas that capitalize on future opportunities
  • Thinks well outside of the box in consideration of innovative, new approaches to the business
Leading Change:
  • Acts as a catalyst with conviction for fundamental change in the organization
  • Revises plans and priorities to accelerate progress and minimize the negative side effects of needed improvements
  • Persuades others to let go of old ways of doing things that have become stale or bureaucratic, in favor of radically new approaches
Diversity, Inclusion & Open Mindedness:
  • Fosters multi-cultural relationships and partnerships that benefit the organization
  • Uses cultural familiarity to improve how the organization operates
  • Enthusiastically works with all employees at all levels, capitalizing on their strengths
Business Savvy with Company-wide Perspective:
  • Shows a strong command of the business and how ADM drives revenue
  • Is familiar with the competition and understands company strategies for gaining market share
  • Anticipates changes that will affect customer needs
Strategic & Forward-Thinking:
  • Ensures that company objectives and key metrics are at forefront of actions and decision-making
  • Uses a big-picture view of ADM successes to calibrate priorities with colleagues across functions
  • Assesses business risks systematically and thoroughly, including the downside of not acting
Excellence Orientation:
  • Removes obstacles that threaten to prevent the department from meeting goals, deadlines, and objectives
  • Emphasizes the importance of achieving results that impact the company’s bottom line
  • Seeks ways to strengthen operations, systems, and processes and shares those developments across the company for maximum benefit
Customer Service Orientation:
  • Provides thought leadership that influences customer perceptions of what they need and how ADM can meet those needs
  • Commits to quality output that meets or exceeds customer requirements
  • Ensures that sustainable processes are in place to identify and address customer needs
Level of Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting
Work Experience and Skills Required:
  • 5+ years of accounting experience
  • Prior supervisory experience a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) a plus
  • Strong knowledge of U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting standards required
  • Experience with WDesk a plus
  • Certified Public Accountant, preferred
Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.

REF: 85693BR

Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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