Country Controller at Pacific Drilling

Job description

Position Summary

The primary focus of this position is to supervise the finance activity in country in regards to accounting, taxation, treasury, cost control, reporting (internal and external), planning (budgeting/forecasting) and documentation for the company in Nigeria.

Department / Location
Lagos, Nigeria

Position Scope
This position will provide accounting support to the Finance team in the Houston office and in International locations.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
• Comply with Pacific Drilling Code of Conduct and supporting policies, standards and applicable process documentation.
• Perform all work according to agreed expectations of both internal and external customers, focus on doing things right first time, every time and contribute actively to continual improvement activities.
• Finance Administration and Controls
• Organize, establish, control and implement location specific procedures for the country including finance, document control, communication, accounting, customs clearance and taxes
• Ensure strong communication with internal management, vendors, 3rd parties, and contractors as required to fulfill the duties
• Ensure adherence to company corporate policies and country procedures
• Hiring, training and retaining competent finance staff

Accounting and Taxation
• Planning, directing and coordinating all accounting operational functions
• Coordinating activities of external auditors
• Providing management with information vital to the decision-making process
• Evaluating accounting and internal control systems
• Ensuring successful completion of the company’s local tax filings
• Preparing financial statements, including cash flow statements

Cost Control and Forecasting
• Managing the budget process
• Collect all committed, expended and forecasted costs associated with the country, to formulate budget revisions as required and to report financial results throughout the course of the operation
• Reconcile the budget of the country with the general ledger
• Prepare project authorization (including supplements) and projected cash flow

Documentation and Reporting
• Maintain appropriate documentation including contracts, invoices, tax receipts, communication, approvals, etc.
• Develop internal and external reports as needed
• Perform financial modeling and analysis
• Developing and monitoring business performance metrics
• Overseeing regulatory reporting, as needed

Treasury and Insurance
• Overseeing local insurance and risk management
• Establishing and maintaining relationships with local bankers
• Monitoring operating cash requirements
• Managing the Temporary Import Bond process
• Complete special projects as assigned

Work Environment
Office environment; Will be required to travel (both domestic and internationally) up to 25%.

Skills and Experience

Qualifications and Experience
• University degree and/or equivalent experience and training in finance and/or accounting
• Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or a professional designation such as certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA) is preferred
• 10+ years experience in accounting and/or finance, including previous management responsibility
• Experience working in an international company
• Previous experience in public accounting is highly valued
• Knowledge of all aspects of generally accepted accounting principles and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

Key Behavioral Attributes
• Strong oral and written communication skills in English
• Strong leadership, technology and analytical skills
• Demonstrated negotiation skills
• Precise and well organized
• Problem identification and resolution
• Good work ethic

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