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Sr Mgr, Acct Policy & Advisory

The Company:  Aflac Incorporated
The Location: 

Columbus, GA, US, 31999

The Division:  Financial Services
Job Id:  1318

Job Summary

 

Manages and oversees the accounting issues resolution process and the research of technical accounting
and reporting issues for the organization; advises the leadership team on technical accounting matters
related to US GAAP, US Statutory, and Japanese GAAP (“JGAAP”), as applicable, for recurring and new
transaction types; ensures up-to-date company-wide accounting policies are in compliance with relevant
authoritative accounting literature

 

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

 

• Supervises or performs technical accounting research and provides interpretation of ambiguous and
complex accounting literature to address technical accounting questions related to insurance,
reinsurance, business combinations, leases, stock-based compensation, revenue recognition, goodwill &
intangible assets, foreign currency transactions/translation, taxes, financial instruments including
investments, securities, derivatives and special projects
• Actively addresses technical accounting issues stemming from the changing business needs of Aflac;
documents decisions in memos, executive summaries, and financial accounting policies
• Monitors changes in US GAAP, US Statutory, and JGAAP that would potentially affect the financial
reporting process and business of Aflac; drafts comment letters in response to the exposure drafts for
submission to various regulatory bodies; models impact of the proposal stage literature on Aflac’s
business and portfolio
• Researches or oversees the research by other team members of technical bulletins and
pronouncements from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other regulatory authorities to ensure conformity in financial applications
• Manages detailed analyses of proposed accounting practices to determine impact on the organization;
reviews findings with management and disseminates results to appropriate departments
• Communicates accounting policies and positions both verbally and in writing with senior management
and external and internal auditors
• Provides guidance to maintain quality applications and to ensure compliance with accounting policies
• Ensures that global accounting policy library and accounting checklists are continually updated and
appropriate members of US and Japan-based Finance and business partners are regularly updated about
relevant changes
• Assists Financial Services, Aflac Global Ventures, Corporate Development, Global Investments and
other partners on special projects with accounting and analytical expertise; collaborates and works
closely with Financial Services personnel in the review and analysis of significant, and highly complex
business transactions
• Serves as a knowledge leader in new accounting standards implementation projects and ensures that
all new accounting requirements have been appropriately evaluated and implemented by
implementation teams
• Provides the necessary leadership across functions and business partner teams to ensure inclusion of
appropriate individuals in accounting issue resolution or implementation of new accounting standards
• May represent the company externally on issues relating to accounting policy through participation in
industry-wide associations and related organizational meetings
• Performs other related duties as required

 

Professional - Education & Experience

 

Qualification Level
Education Degree Specification
Minimum Required
Bachelor's Degree Accounting, finance or a related discipline
Minimum Required
Certified Public Accountant license

 

Qualification Level Experience

Minimum Required
Eight years of experience in Accounting Policy or Advisory
Minimum Required
Strong experience with US GAAP and US Statutory accounting rules for these areas
including, but not limited to, insurance, reinsurance, business combinations, leases,
stock-based compensation, revenue recognition, goodwill & intangible assets,
foreign currency transactions/translation, taxes, financial instruments including
investments, securities, derivatives, transfers of financial instruments)
Minimum Required
SEC reporting related experience
Preferred Experience with or exposure to Japan and JGAAP

Preferred Public accounting experience Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Job Knowledge & Skills

 

• Thorough, comprehensive and current understanding of US GAAP and US Statutory accounting and
financial reporting principles
• Self-motivated and able to work in a fluid environment
• Strong technical accounting research skills
• Ability to serve as a managerial advisor on professional and technical issues with a view toward
reaching strategic decisions
• Detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to work on multiple projects with different
deadlines
• Excellent analytical, organizational and project management skills with emphasis on effective
multitasking
• Excellent presentation, oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills to effectively interact
with senior management, internal and external stakeholders and partners
• Strong leadership and influencing abilities to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders

 

Organizational Competencies

 

· Acting with Integrity - Clearly states goals and beliefs; lets people know his/her true intentions; does
what he she said they would do; follows through on commitments
· Communicating Effectively - Expresses ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; tailors
message to fit the interests and needs of the audience; delivers information in a manner that is
interesting and compelling to the listener
· Pursuing Self-Development - Demonstrates ambition and desire to move forward in his/her career;
engages others in discussions about career development; seeks feedback on ways to increase his/her
performance; takes advantage of opportunities to build new skills and capabilities
· Serving Customers - Builds strong relationships with customers; stays aware of customer needs,
concerns and satisfaction; responds promptly to customer questions and requests; effectively manages
customer expectations
· Supporting Change - Enthusiastically participates in new change initiatives and programs; focuses on
reasons why changes will work and how they will be beneficial
· Supporting Organizational Goals - Actively supports organizational goals and values; demonstrates
enthusiasm toward the company's goals and mission; aligns actions around organizational goals
· Working with Diverse Populations - Shows respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourages
and promotes practices that support cultural diversity; discourages behaviors or practices that may be
perceived as unfair, biased, or critical toward people with certain backgrounds

 

Working Conditions

 

The statements below describe the general nature and level of the work and are not an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

Normal office environment (virtual or in-person)

 

Travel

 

≤ 25%

 

Career Progression Acknowledgement

 

Career Progression Acknowledgement: Normal Career Progression - This is a normal career progression
(NCP) position and incumbent may progress to the next level in the job family without further
competition when there is an existing business need, qualifications identified in the job profile are met,
advancement recommended by management, with human resources approval, and in accordance with
company guidelines.


Nearest Major Market: Columbus GA