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AR Accountant

Within Danone we have created a Cluster Business Service organisation (CBS) to support all our different businesses in the Benelux with high-level expertise and strong financial competencies inside the various processes. For Finance these activities include financial control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, treasury, tax and internal control. The CBS Finance team exists of 45 people of which 10 are located in Belgium.

For the CBS Finance Benelux organisation we are looking for an ambitious Accounts Receivable accountant to be based in Belgium. You have already some first experience in accounting - 2 years or more- and are willing to further develop your competencies inside our AR team with the possibility to grow into an AR manager role in the future and/or move to other departments within CBS Finance. Our AR team consists of 8 people: Head of AR, a Cash-in and a Trade terms manager and 5 AR accountants. The team takes care of all Danone's AR activities in the Benelux so covering both Netherlands and Belgium. In this role you will be responsible for AMN and ELN entities in Belgium managing all the different AR activities, like credit checks, dunning, release of blocked orders or cash-in forecast. We are looking for someone with good communicative skills and a pro-active attitude in order to interact easily with the different internal departments (customer services, sales, treasury etc) and with our customers about outstanding payments for example. Tasks: * Processing trade terms invoices and follow-up approval flow * Dunning and cash collection: perform regular and proactive dunning of non-paid invoices by sending reminders and communicating with customers via phone, email. * Ensure the development of a good relationship with customers. * Processing incoming payments, follow-up and solve the discrepancies in payments (claims, AP & TTM invoices deducted from payments) * Daily follow-up of blocked orders for delivery * Preparing cash-in forecast * Interaction with different CBU's and other departments * Work closely together with Cash-in manager, TTM manager and Head of AR * Assist with the month-end close process and reconciliations * Participate in monthly meetings with finance, sales, supply chain to provide insights into cash management. * Contribute to finance and TTM projects (process improvement) Your profile

* Bachelor accountancy or any equivalent education * Bilingual: Dutch - French is a must and a good knowledge of English is a plus * SAP experience is nice to have * Good knowledge of MS office (particular Excel skills) * Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience preferably in shared Service Environment * Accurate and numerate, detail focused and to get the work done thoroughly * Immune to stress and flexibility around month-end closings. * Enthusiastic and reliable personality and feel comfortable in communication with different people, backgrounds and cultures.

AR Accountant

Danone, Brussels
Employment type: 
Targeted title(s): 
Interim Manager
Required degree level: 
Years of experience: 
1-2 years