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APMEA Graduate Opportunity - Accounting / Finance

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Date: 13-Jul-2019

Location: Johor Bahru, 01, MY

Company: Kerry

About Kerry

At Kerry, our mission is to help nourish and delight consumers across the globe. Since our start as a dairy co-operative in Ireland in the 1970s, we've grown to employ over 24,000 people in more than 30 countries. Although we continue to provide dairy to the world, our expertise and offerings now include the customization and production of ingredients, flavors and technologies across the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry.

All day, every day, we draw on our values of Commitment, Teamwork, Excellence, Entrepreneurship and Value Creation as we partner with other industry leaders to bring better food, beverage and pharma products to consumers around the world. With over 4,500 employees across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA), Kerry has many exciting opportunities at our many Development & Application Centers, Sales Offices and Manufacturing sites. Spread over 18 countries – and growing – Kerry plays a large role in supplying food & beverage solutions to this diverse region.


About Kerry Business Services

Kerry Business Services, Financial Services

Kerry Business Services (KBS) was formed in late 2016 to globally deliver optimised and innovative service to support business objectives and to collaborate to eliminate waste from end-to-end processes to enable revenue and margin growth. Kerry Business Services ensures that the business financial processes are efficient and consistent through handling incoming and outgoing invoices for the sites. The teams work with site colleagues and vendors and consists of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, HR Operations and Payroll. With a growing service catalogue and spanning 4 continents, the KBS organisation offers a rich set of experiences, and a perfect opportunity for graduate development.

Our goal is to leverage our scale and knowledge, optimise processes and free up time and cash for the business – this is at the heart of everything we do.

KBS operates with structured ways of working and applies” Continuous Excellence” practices such as Operational Master Planning, tracking measures, daily huddles and problem solving. These practices actively engage and empower KBS team members to align and prioritise activities resulting in simplification, standardization and sharing across sites as well as actively partnering with the business.


What does joining Kerry Business Services under the Graduate Training Program mean for you?

We offer an opportunity to join one of our most dynamic and exciting teams - KBS. We have created a graduate career path which will give you the chance to learn every aspect of Financial Services, and challenge yourself as a Global Business Services Professional – one of the fastest growing sectors of Finance.  As a graduate in this program, you will get the chance to learn and have the opportunity to rotate between three finance teams which include ;


Account Receivable  -  Accounts Payable  -  General Ledger


Accounts Receivable

In this team, you will get the chance to be directly involved in the processing of cash and methods of payment from end to end, credit management, collections and order management. Here, you will gain in depth knowledge of the end to end Accounts Receivable process.


Accounts Payable

This is where you will learn the different payment methods that we use for various payment types ranging from creditors to suppliers to claims from employees. You will have the chance to be directly involved in the end to end accounts payable process. Systems that you will be exposed to are the Concur Expenses System and SAP.


General Ledger

Being a part of this team means that you will be liaising and administering ledgers amongst stakeholders from various countries and you will have the chance to perform intercompany accounting and reconciliation, complete assessment cycles, process accruals prepayments, prepare balance sheet reconciliations and complete overheads close.


At Kerry, our graduates are key to us and we hire recent graduates into real roles with real responsibilities from day one. With the journey outlined above, graduates will gain good understanding of major aspects within the financial sector of the business in a short span of time. Guidance and support will be provided in addition to the right tools to help you succeed.


Person Specification


We are looking for promising young graduates that demonstrate the following attributes to succeed in Kerry:  

  • Minimum second upper honours or its equivalent in Finance/ Accounting or related specialization
  • Fresh Graduate or with less than 1 year working experience who is able to demonstrate a keen interest in a fast-paced Manufacturing environment
  • Active involvement in co-curricular activities
  • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships and communicate professionally to all levels of an organization
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Analytical with strong commercial/business acumen
  • Adaptable with a willingness to learn mind set
  • Strong analytical and problem solving in a fast paced environment
  • Able to reconcile and resolve accounting discrepancies
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Disciplined and possess a positive attitude  

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