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Manager, External Reporting & Incentive Compensation

Posted Date:  Sep 22, 2022
Requisition Number:  115262


Job Title:            Manager, External Reporting & Incentive Compensation   


Job Location:     Hershey, PA 


This position is open for 100% remote.       



The Manager, External Reporting & Incentive Compensation will be an essential member of the Chief Accounting Officer & External Reporting team, providing financial reporting, technical accounting, financial policy, process and control expertise to the organization. The External Reporting group interacts closely with other members of the organization including FDS, Corporate FP&A, HR and Total Rewards, GBS, Investor Relations, Tax, Legal and external auditors to ensure accurate reporting/disclosures and full compliance with all external standards. As necessary, this position will be expected to assist in special projects, technical accounting research and process improvements. S/he will act as a subject matter expert on US GAAP and SEC regulations.


Supporting the Director, External Reporting & Technical Accounting, this position partners with the other members of the External Reporting team and the Chief Accounting Officer’s group to ensure compliance with US GAAP accounting requirements and SEC reporting regulations.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 


SEC Reporting / Plan Financial Statements:

  • Provide support for and/or review (as deemed necessary) the SEC reporting process, including the Company’s 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other required form filings. Responsibilities include supporting the preparation of financial statements, footnotes, MD&A, and XBRL tagging and tie-out of financial statements and disclosures.
  • Provide support to business partners, including Legal, Investor Relations and Treasury to ensure the accuracy of other filings such as the Proxy Statement, press/earnings releases and other shareholder materials, Registration Statements and the ESG Report.
  • Interface and manage communications with external auditors on external financial statements and accounting issues to ensure auditor agreement with Company decisions on accounting disclosures and issues.
  • Analyze financial statements (e.g., balance sheet and income statement) and explain significant variances.
  • Lead defined benefit and 401(k) plan financial statements in accordance with DOL regulations. Organize and tie-out supporting documentation and assist with benefit plan audit requests.


US GAAP / Technical Accounting:

  • Act as a subject matter expert on US GAAP and SEC regulations for the preparation and filing of SEC reports and technical accounting memos.
  • Monitor the activities of all accounting standard setting bodies, including FASB and SEC, and evaluate the accounting and reporting impact of new standards.
  • Manage the implementation of new accounting standards and maintain Company’s accounting policies.
  • Evaluate the accounting treatment for significant accounting transactions, research and implement relevant accounting standards, and draft technical accounting memorandums on significant and complex transactions to support accounting positions. Areas of focus include: pension accounting, shared-based/incentive compensation, non-GAAP financial measures, severance/restructuring, long-lived asset impairment testing, segment reporting, revenue recognition, etc.
  • Partner with business unit accounting and finance personnel, as well as external auditors, to identify, assess, and conclude on complex accounting matters.
  • Provide training and guidance to business unit finance and accounting personnel, including training related to new policies as they are adopted.


Corporate Accounting – Monthly Accounting, Reporting and Internal Controls:

  • Manage the accounting, reporting and disclosure of the Company’s pension plans in accordance with ASC 715.
  • Manage the accounting, reporting and disclosure of the Company’s share-based compensation plans in accordance with ASC 718.
  • Manage the accounting, reporting and disclosure of Earnings Per Share in accordance with ASC 260.
  • Partner with Corporate FP&A and other areas of the business regarding planning aspects, business updates and revised forecasts.
  • Maintain and ensure compliance with relevant accounting policies.
  • Maintain SOX and other required documentation to support the Company’s internal control environment and satisfy external audit requirements.
  • Identify and implement sustainable process and control improvements.


Special Projects / Ad Hoc:

  • Help prepare presentations for the Audit Committee and senior management on several financial topics.
  • Contribute to team success through participation in special projects and ad hoc assignments / analyses, as needed.



Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • CPA required
  • 8+ years of relevant experience
  • Prior experience in public accounting (e.g., Big 4) with experience auditing SEC registrants or work experience with a SEC registrant
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements
  • Working knowledge of XBRL is a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, organized and thorough with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Excellent project management, communication and analytical skills
  • Exposure to ERP accounting systems such as SAP/Central Finance required
  • Experience with Workiva software preferred
  • Aspiration to grow within the Company


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:



Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with CPA license required.



8+ years of relevant experience, including public accounting (e.g., Big 4) with experience auditing SEC registrants or work experience with a SEC registrant.



Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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