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Finance Manager (Financial Accounting & Control)

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Date: Jan 23, 2019

Location: Paris, FR

Company: Avaya Corporation

About Avaya

Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As a global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya offers a complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit

About the Opportunity

This is a great opportunity for someone with solid experience of French compliance, tax, and financial reporting and regulation. They should be self-motivated with strong commercial, customer and process focus, as the successful candidate will be the point of contact across the region,  be very visible and have influence and impact. There will be opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities and projects in addition to the daily functions. The role currently has one direct report.


The Finance Manager is responsible for:


Local Compliance

  • Ensure timely and accurate closure and submission of local audited accounts, tax returns, statutory submissions
  • Liaise with External accountants, External Auditors, Tax Advisors and Corporate Tax team on Financial accounting, statutory reporting and tax compliance matters


Financial Reporting

  • Preparation of month end results within prescribed timetables and deliverable format, and in compliance with local and Corporate financial policies
  • All accounts have been properly reconciled to the general ledger and reconciling items have been properly identified and investigated.
  • All accounts of the balance sheet have been reconciled in accordance with the reconciliation policy.


Cash Flow

  • Management of cashflow to ensure adequacy of funds in bank accounts, timely payment for payroll, employee related expenses, related companies and vendors.
  • Timely submission of periodic cashflow forecast and other prescribe reports to US Corporate Office and Regional Controller


Process Improvement

  • Improve efficiency and accuracy of accounting workflows and processes.
  • Analysis workflow and processes, to identify gaps.
  • Active involvement in EMEA / Global finance / controllership projects



  • Initiating, communicating and implementing proper controls in all areas of accounting and operations
  • Strict controls of all reconciliation activities
  • Adherence to company accounting policies
  • Adherence to SOX Controls
  • Proper authorization of expenditures in line with SOA
  • Adequate overall procedures and controls in place, and revise as necessary



  • Dealing with queries from staff at all levels
  • Highlighting and addressing issues which need to be escalated
  • Work closely with Avaya SAP, AP, AR, Cash & bank, Fixed Asset and other Avaya associates in relation to Financial reporting systems, sub ledgers, processes and/or issues
  • Advisor or contact point to Avaya Associates for Avaya Financial policies and local corporate accounting and income tax matters.
  • Support Country / Regional FD in Business related items

About You

To be successful in this role you will have the following experience, knowledge and skills:


  • Experienced and qualified accountant
  • Fluent French & English languages
  • Experience working within a multinational environment preferably as a Financial Controller
  • Able to manage a highly matrixed environment
  • Strong knowledge of SAP (desirable) or equivalent is essential. Proficiency with Microsoft tools (Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required.
  • Self driven individual – able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Customer service: A commitment and focus on customer service – defining and exceeding multiple customer expectations and delivering on the service commitments.
  • Process focus: Skills in process analysis, assessment and improvement and working in a team environment where continuous improvement is encouraged


5 - 8 Years of Experience


Bachelor degree or equivalent experience


Avaya is an Equal Opportunity employer and a U.S. Federal Contractor. Our commitment to equality is a core value of Avaya. All qualified applicants and employees receive equal treatment without consideration for race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other protected characteristic. In general, positions at Avaya require the ability to communicate and use office technology effectively. Physical requirements may vary by assigned work location. This job brief/description is subject to change. Nothing in this job description restricts Avaya right to alter the duties and responsibilities of this position at any time for any reason.

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