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Date:  Sep 3, 2019

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Senior Manager, Accounting

Job ID172655 
Location Name: CA-FSC SF Off (0174)
Address: 525 Market St, 32nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States (US)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Regular
Job Function: Finance




Beauty is serious business. Our accountants, analysts, and managers balance the bottom line with multiple budget priorities and revenue streams. These talented, passionate, and meticulous financial professionals keep their eyes on our numbers to report, plan, and advise—to act as true partners to the business and keep our amazing growth on track.


Your role at Sephora:
As a Senior Accounting Manager, you will support North America business, in partnership with the Senior Director and Accounting team.   Complete month-end close and Accounting processes with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency. Reporting to the Sr. Director, Controlling you will participate in cross-functional Accounting projects, in partnership with BP&A and business partners. Develop, mentor and coach Sephora General Ledger accountants. 


In addition, you will: 

  • Responsible for actively managing the monthly close process by adhering to the close calendar and Company policies and procedures, while working cross-functionally with other colleagues to deliver on-time and accurate monthly financials. 
  • Review month-end financials for accuracy, quality and to ensure compliance with IFRS/ GAAP.  Provide analyses and commentary on key financial variances vs. budget/ forecast.
  • Be a primary point of contact to BP&A (Business Planning and Analysis) to understand month-end results.               
  • Partner with Sephora’s Treasury team to educate on balance sheet behavior, assisting the Treasury team in developing insightful cash flow budgets/ forecasts.
  • Review account reconciliations and journal entries on a monthly basis in accordance with the close calendar.  Ensure that the GL team adheres to defined close processes, internal controls and that deadlines are met.
  • Identify and implement process improvements to improve efficiency.
  • Assist the LVMH tax team with income tax provisions and audit enquiries.
  • Provide technical accounting guidance to Accounting team, management and business partners throughout the company.  Draft technical position papers when necessary.
  • Serve as an audit liaison to external auditors for mid-year and year-end audits.  Prepare and review audit schedules as necessary. Provide supporting schedules for federal and state tax requirements.
  • Demonstrate our Sephora values of Passion for Client Service, Innovation, Expertise, Balance, Respect for All, Teamwork, and Initiative.
    We’re excited about you if you have:
  • Bachelors’ degree with major in Accounting with strong knowledge of GAAP and IFRS.  CPA required.
  • 8-10 years of accounting experience, public accounting and industry experience mix required.
  • Strong computer skills, especially in manipulating spreadsheets.
  • Exceptional communication skills and client focus, with the ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic.  Able to independently prioritize workload based on organizational needs/demands.  Operates with a sense of urgency, as appropriate.
  • Exposure and proficiency with SAP general ledger preferred but not required.
  • Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to motivate and develop staff. 
  • Demonstrated creative problem solver, with vision for continuous improvement in business processes.




You’ll love working here because:

  • The people. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented, supportive, smart, and kind leaders and teams – people you can be proud to work with.
  • The product. Employees enjoy a product discount and receive free product (“gratis”) various times throughout the year. (Think your friends and family love you now? Just wait until you work at Sephora!)
  • The business. It feels good to win – and Sephora is a leader in the retail industry, defining experiential retail with a digital focus and creating the most loved beauty community in the world…with the awards and accolades to back it up.
  • The perks. Sephora offers comprehensive medical benefits, generous vacation/holiday time off, commuter benefits, and “Summer Fridays” (half-days every Friday between Memorial and Labor Day)…and so much more.
  • The LVMH family. Sephora’s parent company, LVMH, is one of the largest luxury groups in the world, providing support to over 70 brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine, Marc Jacobs, and Dior.


Working at Sephora’s Field Support Center (FSC)

Our North American operations are based in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, but you won’t hear us call it a headquarters – it’s the Field Support Center (FSC). At the FSC, we support our stores in providing the best possible experience for every client. Dedicated teams cater to our client’s every need by creating covetable assortments, curated content, compelling storytelling, smart strategy, skillful analysis, expert training, and more. It takes a lot of curious and confident individuals, disrupting the status quo and taking chances. The pace is fast, the fun is furious, and the passion is real. We never rest on our laurels. Our motto? If it’s not broken, fix it.



Sephora is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military/veteran status, or disability status. Sephora is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.


Sephora will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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