US GAAP Consultant

Wayzata, MN
Feb 16, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

US GAAP Consultant-WAY05591 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at


Position Purpose

The Standards and Policies group supports senior management, Business Units and functions on technical accounting issues and unusual transactions. Standards & Policies monitors and implements new accounting standards, providing updates to policies and procedures, and communication and education to key finance and business personnel globally.

The US GAAP consultant role works as part of a team to provide information, support, and advice to Business Unit and function finance teams on technical accounting issues and new accounting standards, including evaluation, research, communication, and reporting on issues that may impact the financial statements. This role also works directly with our external auditors on technical accounting issues.

The consultant will maintain global corporate accounting policies and procedures including periodic updates and additions to the Corporate Policy Center and updates to training materials. Responsibilities will include drafting new language for policies, procedures and training materials, understanding business unit challenges related to changes in policy, suggesting areas for improvement and identifying risks related to non-compliance. Responsibilities may include leading individual or group training on global policies and procedures to key finance and business personnel.

Job responsibilities will also include working with the team on special projects such as acquisitions, divestitures, and joint venture formation and accounting, and advise on other unique transactions.

This position broadens an employees' perspective of the corporation, fosters development of a deep knowledge of accounting theory and provides opportunities to develop knowledge across multiple business units.

Principal Accountabilities

25% - Provide information, support, and advice to Business Units and function finance teams on technical accounting issues. Coordinate with other departments (Tax, Internal Audit, IT, Controllers) regarding US GAAP accounting and policy compliance.
25% - Monitor and implement new accounting standards including evaluation, research and communication of the financial statement impact to key finance and business personnel.
20% - Work on special projects related to unique transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures, and joint venture formation and accounting.
20% - Maintain and update global accounting policies and procedures. Develop and lead training on global accounting policies for key finance and business personnel.
10% - Assist in the preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements, including preparation of footnotes and supporting schedules for internal publication and audit support.

This position is posted internally as well as externally
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.



  • Four-year degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5 years of accounting experience
  • 2 years public accounting experience
  • Experience in technical US GAAP research

  • Five or more years public accounting experience
  • Strong technical skills in U.S. GAAP/accounting theory, including the new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strategic perspective and continuous process improvement focus
  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Effective decision-making, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities and projects
  • Very good organization skills
  • Experience in writing financial publications
  • This position does require international travel; approximately 2-3 weeks per year
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

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