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Director of Technical Accounting - Lake Oswego, OR #4414266

Company: The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.

Date: 01/12/2018

Category: Manufacturing — Other

City: Lake Oswego, OR

The Director of Technical Accounting reports to the Corporate Controller.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Research and document accounting positions per US GAAP for complex transactions on accounting procedures and policies
  • Evaluate the accounting consequences of potential material transactions, deal structures and arrangements and provide input and suggestions to planned and proposed agreements and ventures
  • Responsible for purchase accounting for any new acquisitions or joint ventures
  • Manage the annual and interim goodwill impairment analysis process
  • Partner with business unit finance staffs, treasury, international operations and accounting group in proactively identifying complex or unusual accounting matters and assist business units to define the appropriate accounting treatment for non-routine business activities
  • Work with the Corporate Controller and other financial officers to handle complex issues and transactions and provide guidance to domestic and international divisions on accounting issues
  • Provide guidance and training on technical accounting issues to various finance and accounting staff and constituents
  • Assist with the implementation of new accounting standards including new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards
  • Assist in the Company's SOX compliance efforts including the implementation of key controls and procedures
  • Provide expert guidance on US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and global accounting policy review insuring compliance
  • Follow emerging accounting issues and proactively analyze their impact on the Company's results and financial position
  • Monitor new GAAP and SEC pronouncements and changes to help define, recommend and implement necessary process and reporting changes
  • Create and revise key accounting policies (e.g. revenue recognition, cost accounting) and make recommendations as needed with regard to policies and procedures in order to bring uniformity with regards to accounting policies and methods throughout the organization
  • Work closely with the Company's auditors and other service providers regarding on technical accounting matters
  • Prepare appropriate accounting memos and documentation on transactions to support external and internal audit requirements and SOX controls
  • Special projects as assigned by senior management
  • Assist with external audit coordination and requests

The Director of Technical Accounting is a highly visible senior accounting role but does not have any direct reports at this time.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

A well-qualified individual with the appropriate balance of the following experiences:

  • Six or more years' public accounting experience with a BIG 4 or top tier public accounting firm with major SEC clientele and a minimum of total experience of eight years in accounting or finance positions of increasing responsibility
  • Significant knowledge and experience in applying and interpreting technical accounting, reporting and disclosure requirements; preferably has held a previous role in a technical accounting advisory group. A assignment in a national accounting office is highly desirable
  • Must possess good quantitative and analytical skills combined with solid business and financial acumen
  • Ability to research FASB, SEC and other accounting issues, form a conclusion and prepare high quality written documentation for senior management
  • Capable of reading transaction documents with a focus on matters that may have accounting or disclosure requirements
  • Transactional exposure and understanding of the process involved in resolving significant or complex accounting matters that may arise
  • Possess highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Cultural fit with Greenbrier's values
  • Willingness to work a flexible, highly demanding schedule
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance is required and an appropriate graduate degree is highly desired
  • Holder of an active CPA license or equivalent certification

Leadership Characteristics/Competencies

  • Integrity- uncompromised honesty and principled behavior
  • Independent thinker capable of challenging the status quo
  • Credibility- strong leadership presence and gravitas that instills trust in others
  • Influence- ability to generate a following, winning buy-in
  • Financial Acumen- comfortable with financial statements, metrics and concepts, includes ability to stay on top of critical business details
  • Effective Communications- fosters open dialogue and also communicates effectively to a broad and multi-level audience
  • Results oriented, demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments in a fast paced environment to meet deadlines with efficiency and accuracy


A competitive, performance based compensation package including base salary and participation in short-term incentive plans along with appropriate Company benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.

00100-Lake Oswego, OR

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