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Accounting & Reporting Specialist (M/V)

Accell Group

Our Company


Accell Group is an international group in the middle and higher segments of the markets for bicycles and bicycle parts and accessories. The company is market leader in Europe. Accell Group is also Europe’s market leader in electric bikes. The company’s portfolio includes strong national brands and leading international (sports) brands that together provide a complete and complementary range of products for all cycling-related needs. The best known brands are Haibike, Sparta, Lapierre, Tunturi, Raleigh, Koga, Batavus, Ghost, Daimondback and XLC. Accell Group is a listed company on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Accell Group has around 3,100 employees in 18 countries, with its own support facilities for the assembly and spray painting of bicycles in six countries. In 2017, Accell Group sold a total of 1.3 million bicycles in more than 70 countries. The group booked a total turnover of around € 1,1 billion. The head office of the Accell Group is situated in Heerenveen, The Netherlands. https://www.accell-group.com/nl to pick up the latest news about our company, ambition and planned changes.


What the role is about


Due to internal promotion the role of Accounting & Reporting Specialist has become available within the Accounting & Reporting team of Accell Group. In this role you are responsible for the quality of the external financial reporting and an efficient external audit process. In this role you work together closely with your colleagues of the Accounting & Reporting team, next to you including 2 Financial Controllers and 1 Financial System Specialist, as well as your colleagues of Business Control and Treasury.


The team typically consists of young, well-educated professionals with a passion for our great bicycles. In close cooperation with our companies the strategy is converted to actual plans and budgets. The team is furthermore characterized by an informal atmosphere, freedom and flexibility, mutual trust, collaboration and future-oriented work. In Heerenveen you will also find a design, production and sales team, legal / supply chain / IT and HR specialists of different nationalities and backgrounds. We offer a well-equipped and pleasant work environment in which mutual respect and passion for the consumer are core elements.


In this role you are responsible for:

  • organizing a smooth external audit process and an effective communication with the group auditor;
  • preparing the interim and annual financial statements in accordance with the latest IFRS requirements;
  • maintaining the Accell Group accounting policies and updating the Accell Group finance manual;
  • various accounting matters within Accell Group. Examples are a purchase price allocation, the annual impairment test of goodwill and other intangibles and the treatment of other complex IFRS issues including drafting accounting memos;
  • participating in the period end close, in which your knowledge is deployed on a thematical basis;
  • participating in financial projects in which knowledge and experience are shared with the project staff involved;
  • financial projects in which knowledge and experience are shared with the project staff involved;
  • preparing and providing of internal (IFRS) training courses.


In this role you report to the Manager Accounting & Reporting of Accell Group.


What we ask for


For this great opportunity we are looking for someone with a firm, but open and pleasant personality, who is able to set priorities quickly and as such separate core- from side issues. You need to be decisive, result-orientated, have a strong will and well developed sense for getting to the core of issues, ask the right questions and at the same time able to listen carefully. Obviously you are a constructive team player as you will work with colleagues within Accell Group and the other companies in- and outside of Europe. Furthermore you are a good sparring partner for the external auditor.


To perform this role successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, as assigned. Below are the required skills for the successful candidate.

  • master degree in Business administration / Accountancy and preferably certified as external auditor (RA);
  • 7+ years of increasing responsible accounting experience in a Big Four firm and/or relevant experience in the corporate environment of a multinational;
  • IFRS knowledge and experience is a hard requirement, as well as extensive experience with applying IFRS to international business issues;
  • hands-on, analytical and pro-active;
  • open, persuasive, constructive and organization sensitive, with strong team skills;
  • excellent Dutch and English language skills, both written and verbal;
  • willing to, incidentally, travel abroad.


It is a fulltime appointment on the basis of a 40 hour working week.


What you can expect


Accell Group has the ambition to become market leader in the “mid- and high” end of the E-bike market in a consumer centric and socially responsible way.


With more than 20 operating subsidiaries and over 3,100 enthusiastic colleagues worldwide you get the chance to combine a passion for your profession with international exposure and career development opportunities. Of course, we offer a competitive remuneration package. The role gives the possibility to work with our businesses in the US, Asia and many countries within Europe.


Information / Response


If you are interested and fit the profile we invite you to send your application letter and curriculum vitae to Pieter Bouwer (sollicitatie@accell.nl). For further information on the content of this role you can contact Rudy Koolhaas (r.koolhaas@accell-group.com).


For more information on our organization you can visit www.accell-group.com.


An assessment could be part of the selection procedure.

Please note if you apply for this job, you also agree Accell files your personal data for one year. If you do not agree, please inform Accell in your cover letter. 


Only personal replies by candidates will be considered (no recruiting/employment agencies).



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