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Associate Director, Technical Accounting

North Chicago, Illinois Req ID 2200363 Category Finance Division AbbVie


The Associate Director, Technical Accounting is a critical member of AbbVie’s Accounting Center of Excellence and leads the technical accounting team. This role serves as a key U.S. GAAP subject matter expert and works cross-functionally to support several internal stakeholders including Business Development, Commercial, R&D, Operations, Treasury, Tax, Corporate Accounting and External Reporting. Responsibilities include research, communication, and execution of accounting for significant and complex transactions as well as providing technical accounting support to AbbVie’s global affiliates. This role also leads the adoption of new accounting pronouncements, accounting policy consultations, and ad hoc accounting projects.


•Leads the technical accounting team and manages the accounting for collaborations, licensing agreements, asset acquisitions and business combinations, including purchase accounting, valuation of intangible assets, and contingent consideration liabilities.
•Oversees AbbVie’s technical accounting and accounting policy consultation process to provide timely and appropriate technical accounting support to global AbbVie stakeholders including Business Development, Commercial, R&D, Operations, Treasury, Tax, Corporate Accounting and External Reporting.
•Provides technical accounting expertise for other complex areas including revenue recognition, leasing, intangible assets, inventory, restructuring, etc. 
•Monitors U.S. GAAP and SEC developments and leads the adoption of new accounting and disclosure requirements.
•Reviews licensing and acquisition financial statement footnotes for AbbVie’s public filings including Forms 10-Q and 10-K. 
•Provides formal and informal U.S. GAAP and accounting policy training to the global Finance function. 
•Prepares various presentations for the Board of Directors and Audit Committee.


•Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. CPA required.

•Minimum of 8 years experience. Previous Corporate Accounting, Technical Accounting, or SEC Financial Reporting experience for a large global company and/or considerable Big 4 public accounting experience strongly preferred.

•Very strong technical accounting and accounting research skills required.

•Demonstrated ability to effectively lead multiple projects and balance competing priorities.

•Excellent analytical, teamwork, and leadership skills.

•Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts to executive leadership.

•Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to collaborate across functions.



Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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