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AR Team Leader, Europe

Location: 

Poznań, PL, 60-829

Req ID:  78824
Facility:  POZNAN-6731
Department:  AR EMEA
Division:  Finance

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.LyondellBasell.com.

Basic Function

  • The AR Team Leader position will support the Accounts Receivable Manager in the operational activities and will act as an escalation point for AR related matters within the shared services infrastructure.
  • The AR Team Leader will manage, coach his/her direct reports based in Poznan, and will be developing their skills and knowledge. He/ She will drive the team to reach the yearly goals.
  • The AR Team Leader is responsible for reviewing all AR activities such as Billing, Cash application, Sales Rebates, third party agent commissions and Miscellaneous accounts for the assigned business area to assure compliance with AR guidelines, to maximize overall efficiency and propose process improvements and automation possibilities to the AR Manager.
  • The AR Team Leader is responsible for ensuring accurate, complete and timely transactional processing with consistent application of global accounting procedures (in line with policy) and the sign off of appropriate accounting transactions and coordination of month end activities for the European entities.
  • The AR Team Leader should develop the relationship with business partners such as the Global Credit, Supply Chain, Sales, Tax and support the AR Manager and the SMEs to drive improvements to AR KPI’s, discuss issues at internal meetings to ensure alignment and manage expectations of internal customers.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Act as internal focal point for AR escalated matters and act as prime contact with Sales, Business, Order Fulfillment and Credit to resolve operational issues and drive results.
  • Track KPIs and metrics and define an action plan together with the AR Manager based on root cause analysis, to eliminate issues and ensure on target performance.
  • Have a very good understanding of AR Policies and Procedures and support the AR manager in the review of AR procedures to promote efficiency and to ensure global standardization.
  • Maintain knowledge of and recommend technical improvements to AR related systems.
  • Support automation tools and propose improvements of existing automation.
  • Lead and mentor 5-7 direct reports to ensure efficient and effective delivery of operational responsibilities in accordance with corporate policies and compliance requirements for AR and in line with internal customer expectations.
  • Build and develop a high performing team with benchmarked role profiles, team skills gap assessment and appropriate recruitment plan.
  • Drive and reward a culture of performance within the team, ensuring formal performance reviews are conducted to provide real-time affirmative and constructive feedback.
  • Clearly define SMART objectives and goals and development plans which are implemented to facilitate career path aspirations.
  • Manage the hiring process within the agreed headcount budget.
  • Act as prime contact for audits.

Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required.
  • Approximately 3-5 years of experience in finance with strong preference on Shared Service experience, leading a team and working with cross functional teams in different regions to improve results, create efficiencies and generate added value.
  • Exposure to technical GAAP knowledge (USGAAP, IFRS and local country) with the ability to extract appropriate accounting elements from business deals/ contracts.
  • Experience with Internal Controls and SOX/404 requirements.
  • Experience in a global, fast-paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment.
  • Deep understanding of the business and finance processes within the Petrochemicals business model, highly desirable.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Able to multitask and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Passion for driving continuous improvement.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills essential given diverse nature of operating landscape and cultural sensitivities.

Competencies

Builds effective teams
Collaborates
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

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