• Senior Accountant - External Reporting and Consolidations

    Location US-PA-Philadelphia
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experienced (non-manager)
    Full Time
    Relocation Eligible
  • Company Overview

    For over twenty years, FMC Lithium has been innovating, manufacturing and delivering products and technologies to power a cleaner, healthier and more mobile world. We have grown as a leader in the industry through partnership with our customers, thriving in a marketplace full of challenges and opportunities. The success we’ve achieved follows a simple but critical promise to our customers: provide consistent, high quality products, ensure security of supply, and anticipate solutions for future needs; all backed by a deep expertise in material science.


    This expertise and the unprecedented growth in the market made it clear that FMC Lithium is ready to separate into an independently traded company by the end of 2018. The FMC Lithium business is poised to stand on its own with leaders and talent that will drive the organization to greater opportunities and accomplishments. We are investing in our future and our customers’ future, and our best is yet to come.


    FMC Lithium is a fully integrated lithium company, with a long, proven history of producing lithium compounds for use in applications that have specific performance requirements, including battery-grade lithium hydroxide for use in high performance lithium-ion batteries. We also supply butyllithium, which is used as a synthesizer in the production of polymers and pharmaceutical products, as well as a range of specialty lithium compounds including high purity lithium metal, which is used in the production of lightweight materials for aerospace applications and non-rechargeable batteries. As a part of FMC Corporation, we have been extracting lithium brine at our Argentina operations for more than 20 years, and have been producing lithium compounds for over 60 years. We are one of a few lithium compound producers with global manufacturing capabilities, and do business in the United States, China, the United Kingdom, India and South America.


    This expertise and the unprecedented growth in the market made it clear that FMC Lithium is ready to separate into an independently traded company, with an initial public offering anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2018. Upon IPO, we will be renamed Livent Corporation. More information about us and the IPO is available at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1742924/000119312518258208/d603292ds1.htm


    As part of Livent’s Corporate Controller’s team, the Senior Accountant – External Reporting and Consolidations role requires a strong technical accounting background, with a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (“US GAAP”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulatory filings and compliance procedures. Excellent analytical and communication skills, a balanced composure, and hands-on talent with IT systems are also critical to this role. Among other things, this role will:

      • Assist with:
          • preparation of SEC reporting (e.g. Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K), including preparation of selected footnote disclosures and supporting workpapers;
          • researching technical accounting matters and writing related whitepapers and memos;
          • developing and maintaining internal financial accounting policies and controls;
      • preparation of annual audited financial statements and Forms 5500 for the Company’s benefit plans
    • Coordinate the global consolidation of over [20] reporting units, including performing related monthly accounting processes, analysis, elimination entries, and consolidation system master file maintenance



    Global Consolidations and Accounting

    • Running the global consolidation tasks and processes, for over [20] reporting units, during the monthly close, and utilizing analytical methods and due diligence to identify and efficiently rectify errors or issues
    • Coordinating the elimination of intercompany activity and investments, all at a consolidated level
    • Preparing and booking journal entries, both for the company’s divisions and at a consolidated level. Has full responsibility for various consolidation ledgers and reporting oversight of non-US corporate entities.
    • Preparing quarterly variance analyses on a consolidated basis (P&L, balance sheet, statement of OCI and statement of cash flows)
    • Assisting with providing consolidated financial accounting data and key performance indicators to executive management, Planning & Analysis, Tax, and Treasury departments
    • Assist with performance of monthly internal reporting of Lithium results to senior management
    • Assisting with the consolidation system master file maintenance, report writing and auditing
    • Maintaining the consolidation system security roles for all users
    • Consolidating the annual FMC Lithium budget (and Long Range Plan if required), including model updates and user training
    • Periodically reviewing process improvement needs and coordinating system maintenance
    • Maintaining worldwide chart of account and reporting hierarchies
    • Assisting to direct worldwide accounting organizations on all monthly closing requirements.
    • Supporting financial and SOX audits for external and internal auditors.

    External Reporting

    • Preparing assigned footnote and financial statement documentation to support SEC filings (e.g., Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, 11-K), such as equity roll-forward reconciliations, diluted shares and EPS calculations, cash flow statements.
    • Assisting with filing with the SEC via EDGAR through use of the Workiva tool, including review of XBRL coding
    • Assisting in preparation of audit committee presentations
    • Assisting in technical accounting research as necessary
    • Helping coordinate audit requests from external and internal auditors
      • Assisting Investor Relations in the preparation of earnings releases, including preparation and reconciliation of the Company’s GAAP to Pro-forma earnings
      • Assisting with compilation of governmental reporting requests, such as treasury department requests, census bureau reporting, etc.


    Benefit Accounting

    • Assisting with the annual financial statements (e.g. Form 11-K) and Form 5500 filings for FMC Lithium’s retirement plans
    • Liaison with benefit program administrators to properly identify, calculate and record financial statement impact of plans, including pension and stock based compensation.
    • Other Areas
    • Performing analysis and special projects as requested by management
    • Performing control activities to ensure SOX compliance with financial reporting

    Required Education

    • Undergraduate degree in Finance or Accounting required
    • CPA and/or MBA a plus
    • Blend of public accounting and industry experience preferred


    • 5 to 7 years of experience in public accounting or similar experience in industry.
    • Solid technical accounting knowledge of US GAAP and SEC reporting regulations
    • Working knowledge of SAP preferred.
    • SAP Business Consolidation System (“BCS”) experience a plus
    • Excellent Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills
    • Workiva experience a plus
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with non-accountants – is good at focused listening, can concisely summarize issues, and is comfortable interacting with multiple departments, geographic locations, and senior management
    • Balanced composure – has a demonstrated ability to work under time pressure, can handle stress, and is not knocked off by the unexpected
    • High integrity – direct, truthful, keeps confidences, admits mistakes, doesn’t misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain
    • Analytical – can see hidden problems, looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t necessarily stop at the first answer
    • Team oriented - fosters a culture of teamwork and respect for individuals
    • Safety minded

    EEO Statement

    FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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