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Accountant based in The Hague, The Netherlands


Zurich Insurance is currently looking for an Accountant who is responsible for performing specific accounting, finance and reporting activities relevant for the internal and external reporting and stakeholders within our Business Unit. Do you want to build up further accounting expertise and knowledge in an international insurance environment? Are you keen on learning and hands-on? This is the job for you! 


Due to Covid-19, all our staff is currently working from home. However, this doesn’t stop us from investing in new and existing talent. Let’s ensure (and insure) the future together, take care of each other and stay safe and healthy!

Are you intrigued by this challenge? Find out the details below and we’re looking forward to receiving your application.

Please note that for this vacancy we are not using any recruitment agencies and aim to recruit direct. Thanks to all agencies for respecting this.


The opportunity


You will be responsible, together with the team, towards the local controlling for day to day and close related ledger tasks as well as preparing local, statutory and quarterly International Finance Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), Solvency II, IFRS 17 financial statements.


Working closely together with your colleagues you will build up further expertise and collaboration in the team and outside if vital. You will perform accounting day to day or ad hoc tasks including internal controls supporting the internal and external requirements and you will participate in local financial projects or lead small scale financial projects within the Business Unit. You contribute to the development of financial processes and support the implementation of systems and process improvement in order to improve efficiency and quality within Finance. You will also be supporting ongoing implementation of IFRS 17 in local business and any accompanying reporting requirements. In addition, you will have a customer mindset – looking to understand the needs of the team and our stakeholders and seek to develop solutions to ensure the team can deliver the required outcomes as efficiently as possible.


What will you be doing?


Your responsibilities are: 


  • Ensure quality assurance of the quarterly variance analysis supporting the Group International Finance Reporting Standards reporting
  • Commit for high-quality and timely preparation other standardized or ad hoc reports including commentaries in order to facilitate the decision-making process
  • Resolve operational day-to-day problems referred from other functions of the business, ensuring an efficient and high-quality service when providing procedural advice, information, producing basic reports or providing comments on them
  • Maintain and develop processes and desk top procedures
  • Balance sheet reconciliations in accordance with Group internal control guidelines
  • Maintain the chart of accounts in line with International Finance Reporting Standards and local statutory requirements
  • Monitor, assess and evaluate finance business processes in collaboration with Controller in order to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Actively monitors the SOX internal control framework and ensures adequate performance of controls
  • Participate in local, regional and/or global projects or initiatives, actively evaluates impact on local reporting units, prepares and drives local implementation of changes
  • Provide technical guidance and recommendations as a subject matter expert in a particular area of finance in order to solve business unit Finance related issues
  • Develop and deliver training to increase awareness within area of finance of existing or new policies and procedures to optimize performance and increase compliance within process area.
  • Support IT Expenses process and some other controlling activities.  


 What are we looking for?


  • At least Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Accounting and 1 or more years of experience in related field being insurance;
  • Fluent in Dutch and professional level in English, this is key for the role;
  • Accounting knowledge and experience in SAP & FSCD, and bookings;
  • High level of computer literacy, esp. in MS Excel. Ideally a strong understanding of Power Query / Power Pivot / Power BI/ Power Automate / VBA – but certainly the desire to learn if any gaps in knowledge;
  • Persuasive, strong and confident communicator with a problem-solving focus;
  • Responsible, self-learning and self-independent;
  • Knowledge of SII, IFRS, IFRS 17, while local BE and Dutch GAAP is nice to have;
  • Insurance background, reinsurance a nice to have;
  • Capable to manager/meet deadlines (i.e. good time management);
  • Fast learner, goal oriented;
  • Capable to work both in team, and independently;
  • Ensure clear and transparent work overview to colleagues and team.


Who we are:


With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognizes and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We therefore look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.


You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.


Further information:


At Zurich we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.

Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.


So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us.

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