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Accountant III

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Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Chesterfield, MO -Missouri, US, 63017

Company: Bunge

At Bunge, people don’t just come here to work, they come here to grow – solving challenges that directly impact the world with a diverse team of thinkers and doers.  Bunge offers a strong compensation and benefits package, generous paid time off program, flexible work arrangements, and opportunity to progress.  Our hybrid work environment provides a balance of in office and remote work.  Most importantly, in all we do we live our values:
•    Act as One Team by fostering inclusion, collaboration, and respect
•    Drive for Excellence by being agile, innovative and efficient
•    Do What's Right by acting safely, ethically, and sustainably

Position Summary:

This Accountant III position, within the North America Accounting group located in St. Louis, will have the primary responsibility to ensure complete and comprehensive project tracking for certain capital expenditure initiatives taking place within Bunge North America.  These projects are primarily to aid in expanding our exciting growth in current business areas and in developing (new) areas.  The successful candidate will be responsible for adherence to Bunge controls (including SOX) and procedures, ensure proper accounting (US GAAP) is applied (including but not limited to classification of projects costs, capitalized interest calculations and statement of cash flow adjustments).  This position will also have regular meetings and exposure to senior levels of management in presenting status of projects in a clear and succinct manner and be involved in the monthly accounting close process


Core Functions:

  • Serve as a critical member of the Project Team with a fiduciary responsibilities role to ensure protection of assets and an open and independent communication to all stakeholders.
  • Provide technical guidance for more junior members of the capital expenditure accounting function.
  • Ensure complete and comprehensive project tracking disciplines are in place to provide regular reporting of project spend, commitments, projections, and total project cost. 
  • Provide guidance to the Project Team on Bunge Policy and Procedures.  Ensure required control environment is present and adhered.
  • Establish proper procure to pay processes and accounting controls for the project team fully leveraging BNA’s shared service functions for Procurement and Accounts Payable.  Facilitate strategic use of the SRM purchasing platform – e.g. shopping carts. 
  • Assist in the identification and reporting of control deficiencies; development and implement improved processes and controls to correct same.
  • Provide guidance on correct accounting classification of projects costs (Capital vs. Expense) as well as ensure proper application of sales & use tax rules on project expenditures.
  • Facilitate administrative support services for the project team leveraging local (facility) personnel and St. Louis functions as needed. 
  • Provide project spend and man hour S-Curves, and any other financially related information as needed for monthly reporting to Management.
  • Track and report actual cash flow of project spend to the corporate controllers group for Capitalized Interest calculations and Statement of Cash Flow adjustments.
  • Maintain tracking of active purchase orders and ensure timely close out of completed purchase orders.
  • Maintain all balance sheet related accounts.
  • Manage and maintain internal orders ensuring all costs are accurately recorded to each internal order.
  • Organize project spend information by logical asset type to facilitate SAP fixed asset accounting capitalization processes (asset classification and useful lives)
  • Complete and maintain comprehensive project forecasting future spend by period.  Leverage project team, FP&A, and vendors for a comprehensive and accurate forecast of the project cost.
  • Openly and proactively communicate as the contact point for financially related inquiries from business units (FP&A, Accounting/Controllers, Tax, Procurement, Industrial Management, etc.)
  • Provide guidance on contract questions relating to payment terms, documentation requirements, withheld retainage, milestones, and any financially related information in contracts.
  • Develop and implement project disciplines and communications to track and report change orders and resulting spend projections.
  • Review all invoices and required supporting documentation, recommend for approval or rejection, and communicate directly with vendors regarding any invoicing questions and issues.
  • Prepare financially related reporting tools and present all project financial information in the regular Steering Committee Meetings.


Skill/Experience Requirements:

  • Technical Skills
    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting; Masters in Accountancy or MBA desirable
    • SAP FICO core competency
    • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
    • Controls orientation (SOX, COSO, etc)
  • Communication & Relationship Management
    • Able to explain complex ideas and concepts in an easy to understand manner
    • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Business Acumen
    • 3-5 years of experience with strong understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) especially as it relates to capital expenditures
    • Business operations and Commercial function orientation
  • Talent Management
    • Able to motivate and develop other accounting professionals
    • Fosters effective team building to contribute towards the success of the company
  • Continuous Improvement
    • Has a mindset to continuously examine processes and procedures and improve where possible
  • Strategic Thinking and Decision Support
    • The ability to compute and provide key information for management decision making
  • Leadership
    • Demonstrates core values and emphasizes controls culture


Travel Requirements, if any (please indicate percentage):

This position will require travel of 25% - 35%.

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Nearest Major Market: St Louis

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