Smithfield Foods

  • Technical Accounting Director

    Job Locations
    FLSA Status
    Corporate - Day Shift
    IndSPR-Accounting Finance
  • Overview

    The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


    This position supports the company’s global accounting and financial reporting functions and initiatives. The Director of Technical Accounting is responsible for establishing, maintaining and communicating global accounting policies and serves as a key technical resource on complex accounting requirements and implementation of new accounting standards and updates. This position also oversees the company’s derivative accounting function.


    Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

    • Serve as expert on US GAAP and IFRS technical accounting matters and financial disclosure requirements. Regularly collaborate with Director of Financial Reporting, Manager of US GAAP Reporting, Manager of IFRS Reporting and division accounting and finance leaders to identify, research, resolve and communicate findings on accounting-related questions regarding business transactions and other non-routine matters.
    • Partner/collaborate with accounting/finance personnel and other business leaders to build and enhance awareness of various accounting requirements.
    • Research new accounting guidance and exposure drafts, independently assess implications, train & communicate with the business divisions and functional departments that are impacted, and manage a timely implementation plan.
    • Establish, maintain and communicate robust global accounting policies.
    • Gain in-depth understanding of the company’s operations, business strategies and processes.
    • Partner with Internal Audit to monitor business for compliance with US GAAP and IFRS and the company’s global accounting policies and to evaluate accounting and reporting processes for consistency and improvement where needed.
    • Work closely with the external auditors to resolve complex accounting issues for the timely issuance of financial reports to external stakeholders.
    • Oversee derivative accounting function and monitor business activities for implications on hedge accounting. Responsible for commodity and financial derivatives processes and programs company-wide.
    • Undertake special projects and support Corporate initiatives, as needed.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, or related discipline from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 10+ years of accounting experience in a multiple facility organization; required.
    • Minimum of 8+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.
    • CPA, required.
    • Big 4 audit background is desired.
    • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • The ability to work through complex, unstructured problems.
    • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
    • High level of written and oral communication skills, organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
    • Demonstrated ability to apply GAAP accounting practices.
    • Demonstrated strong analytical and project management skills.
    • Track record for exceeding multiple goals on various projects with short deadlines at the same time
    • SAP experience preferred.
    • Advanced Excel skills required.
    • Ability to work within tight deadlines and to handle competing priorities effectively.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Provides leadership and guidance to the corporate accounting department.
    • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequently required to sit, use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Corporate working environment.
    • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    EEO/AA Information

    Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


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