Trade Accountant

Group 29



Stroke 1

Role Type


Group 7


Zug, CH

Our client is a leading Commodity Trading company, with a truly global reach.

We are looking for a motivated and eager candidate with a keen interest in the commodity trading and derivative environment to join the Finance team. The successful candidate will have a Chartered Accounting qualification, with good technical IFRS experience. The ideal candidate will be adaptable, dynamic, and organised with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

You will be a good communicator, who Interacts well within a team and actively manages expectations. You will take initiative in resolving issues in a structured methodical manner and have a strong sense of responsibility and ownership, and are attentive to detail, in a fast-moving environment.

Key responsibilities will include but may not be limited to:

Period close:

  • Execute the month end trade accounting close per profit centre based on International Financial Reporting Standards ‘IFRS’
  • Review the department’s trial balance for IFRS technical compliance
  • Prepare detailed monthly IFRS P/L and working capital reporting
  • Reconcile the middle office and trade accounting month end P/L’s and document and explain any breaks.
  • Review and reconcile department SG&A/overhead reporting
  • Review and reconcile department management reporting
  • Support regional offices with technical accounting challenges during period close

Intra period close:

  • In collaboration with the Middle Office, remedy processes leading to prior month P/L reconciliation breaks
  • Support the front and middle office including corporate teams with the preparation of ad-hoc departmental financial reports and analysis
  • Coordinate the department’s external audit, internal audit, and financial governance processes
  • Execute departmental financial governance testing
  • Maintaining professional and technical accounting, finance, and controls knowledge
  • Review and control the department’s application access and segregation of duties

Deal Structuring:

  • In collaboration with the Middle Office, conclude on and document the IFRS accounting treatment for new structured deals in advance of execution

Price curve modelling

  • Validate the IFRS compliance of Middle Office price curves


  • Automate manual journal entries to ensure straight through processing to the general ledger
  • Review and control the calibration of system generated journal entries
  • In collaboration with other trade accounting teams, identify and implement accounting best practice including processes and internal controls


  • Background in Accounting with three to five years of trade accounting experience in a commodity trading or financial institution
  • Chartered Accounting qualification (CA/CPA/ACCA)
  • Working knowledge of commodity trading systems and ERP integration
  • Working knowledge of ERP’s, especially SAP FI/Co and BW
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office tools, especially Excel
  • Advanced English language ability, both written and spoken
  • Keen interest in trading, derivatives, business process automation, internal control, efficiency and improvement


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