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AOL Global Operations Ltd

European Controller/Consolidation Accountant

AOL Global Operations Ltd

  • UK
  • Negotiable
  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 16/01/2013
  • Dublin jobs
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To support the European Head of Accounting by assisting with month end consolidation of the P&L and balance sheet for Europe. Being the main point of contact with the US on month end and ad hoc questions that arise, preparation of Quarter End schedules and managing the Intercompany process


Title:                     European Controller/Consolidation Accountant

Reports to:           European Head of Accounting

Location:               London, WC1E         

AOL Europe is made up of the following subsidiary brands – Huffington Post Media Group,,
goviral and ADTECH.

AOL Huffington Post Media Group International is the division of AOL Inc that is responsible for AOL’s consumer media businesses outside of North America. AOL Huffington Post Media Group International includes both the existing operations and expansion of AOL’s consumer media business In Europe, APAC and LATAM. The existing business includes UK, France, Germany & Japan.

The Huffington Post launched in the US in 2005 and quickly grew to become one of America’s most respected online newspapers. Now with nearly 40 million monthly unique users, it recently launched editions in Canada UK, France (JV with Le Monde), Spain (in partnership with El Pais) and Italy (JV with La Republica). Further international launches are planned.

goviral specialises in online video and digital advertising, enabling the most prestigious and largest global brands including Nike, Sony and Nokia to distribute video content through our growing network of 120,000 unique websites worldwide.

goviral is already one of the leading online video businesses in Europe which we achieved in just 5 years through the development of cutting edge technology, rapid video industry growth and continued expansion in to new markets and investing in the highest calibre employees.  goviral operates in UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Itlay with further international expansion planned. is the technology, data and insights arm of AOL Advertising. The AOL Group is the global partner of choice for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their online brands. is the world’s first ad network and has maintained its position as one of the leading networks since its launch in 2001. works with over 70 of the top 100 comScore publishers and reaching over 80% of the online population. The network in the UK is comprised of over 6,000 premium content websites.

ADTECH's flagship product is an integrated ad serving platform - amended by features for mobile devices and video ads. These enable web publishers, ad networks, agencies and advertisers to manage, serve and evaluate virtually any kind of online advertising campaigns. ADTECH allows its customers to enhance efficiency, reliability and ROI in their online advertising businesses. Globally, ADTECH GmbH, founded in 1998 works with customers in more than 40 countries.

Purpose of role

To support the European Head of Accounting by assisting with month end consolidation of the P&L and balance sheet for Europe.  Being the main point of contact with the US on month end and ad hoc questions that arise, preparation of Quarter End schedules and managing the Intercompany process

Key Customers

  • European Finance Director, European Head of Accounting
  • Corporate accounting/control teams in US

Key Role Responsibilities

  • Management of monthly consolidation process will include:
  • Review of equity movements and eliminations and potential correcting journals
  • Account mapping
  • Review and manage Intercompany accounts from a group perspective – investigate/delegate review and determine corrective action plan
  • Manage and review commentaries and movements vs. prior month for budgeting and variance analysis prepared for ~4 active entities
  • Manage and coordinate statutory accounts and audits process ~6 entities across 3 countries; tracking statutory audit progress across all European entities (~30entities)
  • Preparation of Miscellaneous Income and Expense Analysis for the US
  • Prepare quarterly commissions calculations, liasing with various teams to ensure accuracy in payments
  • Adhoc queries regarding variances, balances, functional codes, foreign exchange issues and group results
  • Resolution of  Financial reporting issues, liaising with accounting policy where necessary
  • Managing any entity restructuring in  coordination with other functions within AOL (including Legal, Accounting Policy, Tax and Treasury), preparation of any appropriate accounting entries and supporting documentation
  • Ad hoc projects (may include new entity set up, liquidations etc)

Person Requirements

  • Highly motivated individual
  • Determination to add value
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines, working under pressure, multi-tasking
  • A highly committed team player with flexible approach
  • Strong controls based experience (control function or audit experience)
  • Ability to work at a detailed level and see the ‘bigger picture’
  • Experience working in a multinational/multicultural/multi-currency business
  • SAP, HFM and Hyperion experience (not essential)
  • Experience with a US parent company (not essential)

Qualifications/Academics/Technical Skills

  • Strong academics, including a good degree from a good University
  • Qualified accountant with at least 2-3 post qualification experience (CIMA or ACA)
  • Specialized Knowledge: Statutory accounting, Consolidation, US GAAP desirable      

Ref: UK - Adtech Accountant
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