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  1. Bhuvi Gupta
    Bhuvi Gupta on Feb 26, 2016
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    Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.

    Basic Job Functions:

    The role will be in charge of the project accounting and GL accounting for the India business unit including affiliates, subsidiaries and JV entties.

    This includes the local stat accounting requirements and working closely with the Malaysia accounting group for the US GAAP books. This position will manage the local accounting group external and in the future potentially internal. Ensures timely and accurate financial transactions, accruals, reconciliations, analysis, reporting of P&L, balance sheet, cash flow statement, close package, unit financial reports (UFRs). Ensures compliance with SOX internal controls and SOA guidelines. Identify opportunities to improve productivity in work process. This position will be involved in setting up new legal entities, working with local auditors, complying with local accounting rules and regulations. Partner closely with the local India Operations team and be the go to person for all finance related information in India.

    Experience:

    • Overall work-experience of 10 years various finance function. Should have spent at-least 3 years in a similar role as a Finance Controller for a multi-national company.
    • Minimum 3+ years experience managing and developing a team.
    • Experience in organizations in the Infrastructure/Energy/ Renewable segment is an advantage.
    • Excellent interpersonal and management skills
    • Process oriented with strong organizational and communication skills. Must be able to communicate at most levels within the organization including senior management and external auditors
    • Highly motivated, people sensitive, results oriented
    Education:

    • Certified Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICAI)Additional qualifications as a Certified Company Sercreaty from ICSI is desirable.
    Required Skills:

    • Good understanding of local India Statutory requirements and hands-on experience performing financial close related activities
    • GL Accounting experience
    • Deep understanding of financial statements and their inter-relationships
    • Understanding of inventory costing and transaction flow
    • Strong track record of managing a productive accounting team
    • Ability to research and identify problems, develop proposals, conduct analysis independently and in collaboration with others
    • Strong financial acumen with the ability to solve complex problems
    • Attention to detail, but ability to summarize into key points/ actionable items
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Good coaching and development skills with direct reports
    • Ability to thrive and manage change in a high growth environment
    • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office Suite programs and ERP systems (SAP/Oracle/Microsoft Dynamics/Axapata)
    Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

    • Lead the India accounting work with an external accounting team and working closely with the Malaysia team.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of processes that are SOX compliant and provide a scalable infrastructure for the India accounting group.
    • Manage the accounting close for the India business accurately and timely on a monthly basis
    • Compile and review consolidated month-end financials with the Finance Director
    • Work with IT and others on the finance and accounting team to implement system, reporting, and process improvements for India accounting
    • Monthly and quarterly review and signoff on the accuracy of the systems financials to the Director of Finance
    • Design and review the controls to make sure that the India financials are accurately reported
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Drive financial modelling improvements in the planning and forecasting models to enhance process efficiency, support new initiatives and to accurately capture the changing economics or structure of the business.
    • Own all FS Indian entity (including subsidiaries and JV’s) statutory obligations and ensure compliance.
    • Ensure all Indian statutory audits and US GAAP audit requirements are complied with
    • Put in place controllership procedures to ensure the integrity of financial reporting including balance sheet reviews and maintaining account reconciliation quality.
    • Be the Finance point person to ensure all management information is produced timely and accurately
    • Financial leadership for monthly/quarterly close and reporting, coordination of regional reporting, and timely preparation of management reports
    • Financial Lead for the long term strategic plans, next year plan, current year plan and quarterly planning and forecasting processes.
    • Drive and support Operations teams to deliver financial commitments by providing key metrics on cost productivity, receivables and collection.
    • Ensure that the business is in compliance with Indian Accounting Standards and Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP), applicable laws and regulations
    • Ensure compliance to Exchange Control laws and Reserve Bank of India requirements
    • Ensure compliance to all the tax laws and various tax filings and obligations
    • Drive commercial compliance and support commercial teams for terms & conditions, letters of credit, bank guarantees, etc.
    • Drive Receivables with focus on reconciliations, payment security and collections
    • Provide analysis into project profitability, ascertain and price for risk, structure contracts for maximum cash flows
    • Improve finance processes (working capital improvement, reporting processes, transaction processing routines, and internal controls), as well as self- auditing of results


    Office Physical Requirements:

    All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.



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