Chief Accountant

Zurich, Switzerland

Striving for excellence is in our DNA. Since 1993, we have been helping the world’s leading companies imagine, design, engineer, and deliver software and digital experiences that change the world. We are more than just specialists, we are experts.


Currently we are looking for a Chief Accountant for our Zurich office to make the team even stronger.

The primary responsibility of the Chief Accountant will be to maintain an effective accounting framework and related internal controls to ensure that the accounting records are complete and accurately representing the company’s financial position in compliance with local laws and regulations and US-GAAP, as well as Corporate Policies. In this capacity, the Chief Accountant will highly leverage the capabilities of EPAM Global SSC teams in Minsk and work closely with Finance leadership to assess the right balance of using internal SSC resources and local external agencies for certain tasks, while overseeing all financial activities of the entity. The role will have overall responsibility for the timely and accurate completion of local Tax and Statutory filings and related Audits. This position is key in monitoring changes in local legislative environment and initiating required changes in internal policies and practices, while being the driver in general for continuous process improvements locally.


  • Hands-on maintenance of an effective accounting framework under both Local- and US-GAAP;
  • Define Local GAAP adjustment requirements vs US-GAAP and post them in local ledger;
  • Review and analyze monthly results during each closing to ensure accuracy of reported Trial Balance;
  • Perform required account reconciliation each month in line with Corporate policy;
  • Maintain an effective local Internal Control environment in line with SOX requirements;
  • Support the timely completion of Corporate audits as required;
  • Prepare annual Stat to GAAP reconciliation/bridge for internal purposes;
  • Ensure compliance with applicable local Tax laws and regulations;
  • Prepare periodic and annual Tax filings and ensure timely submission to authorities;
  • Advise other departments of local tax rulings early in their processes to ensure impacts are considered;
  • Verify payroll calculations provided by external agency to ensure accuracy and completeness as agreed with Global Payroll team;
  • Hands-on control of Intercompany Transactions and EPAM TP Policy;
  • Monitor local Transfer pricing regulations and related documentation requirements and escalate as required;
  • Responsible for the completion of annual Transfer Pricing documentation;
  • Liaise with the central FP&A team on reported figures to provide appropriate feedback to management;
  • Help the different Budget holders understand their year to date Budget performance;
  • Define and maintain archiving requirements and related controls of business records in line with local regulations.


  • Degree in Finance, Accounting or equivalent;
  • Holder of a local (Swiss) equivalent of a valid CPA qualification;
  • Expert level knowledge and experience with local Taxation & Accounting regulations in Switzerland (including Transfer Pricing frameworks), preferably backed up by a local degree/certification;
  • Minimum 7 years working experience in the field of Accounting either at a multinational company or in Audit services (Big4);
  • Minimum 3 years working experience as local accountant of the local subsidiary of a multinational company;
  • Excellent statutory and IFRS/US-GAAP as well as Swiss-GAAP accounting standards including related analysis and reporting;
  • High integrity standards and reliability;
  • Solid understanding of partnering within Finance and with local/global setting;
  • Strong analytical and IT skills (preferable SAP, ERP, MS-Office);
  • Ambitious, polished, highly articulate and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Native German and fluent English communication skills.

Nice to have

  • Further qualification in the field of Taxation;
  • Experience in managing Tax Audits from Legal Entity perspective;
  • Experience in working with Shared Services environment.

We offer

  • Competitive compensation depending on experience and skills;
  • Regular assessments and salary reviews;
  • Opportunities for self-realization;
  • Friendly team and enjoyable working environment;
  • Flexible working schedule;
  • Corporate and social events;
  • Please note that any offers will be subject to appropriate background checks;
  • We do not accept CV from recruiting or staffing agencies.


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