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Accountant III

Date: Jan 11, 2020

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.

 With more than 30 years of proven experience, SunPower is a global leader in solar innovation and sustainability. SunPower is a company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. You have the opportunity to join the company that helped establish solar markets around the world and continues to innovate in the renewable energy space. SunPower has facilities in the US, Europe and Asia, and we are seeking talented people to join us in building a clean energy future.

Our unique approach emphasizes the seamless integration of advanced SunPower technologies, delivering complete solar solutions and lasting customer value. We are passionately committed to changing the way our world is powered, and we are guided by our legacy of innovation, optimism, perseverance, and integrity.

 Widely recognized as the world’s standard for solar, SunPower produces the world’s highest efficiency solar products.  Our quality and reliability standards far exceed those of any other company in the industry.  

In order to unlock shareholder value, accelerate innovation and enhance customer value, SunPower will separate into two independent, publicly traded companies, strategically aligned and complementary, focusing on distinct offerings. Newly-formed Maxeon Solar Technologies will be the leading global technology innovator, manufacturer and marketer of premium solar panels, carrying on the decades’ long legacy in setting quality and performance standards.

 As we look to the future, we are seeking a world-class Financial Accountant based in Lyon (france). In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower. Are you ready to change the way our world is powered?  


As member of the international finance team the Financial Accountant will be responsible for monthly close, reporting and all relevant support for audits, tax and internal audit compliance for the respective entities. This position is based in La Tour de Salvagny, Lyon area in France and reports to the EMEA Financial Controller down stream

Candidates will be expected to work within a truly global team interacting with finance professionals in Europe, Asia (Shared Service Center) and the United States.



1)    Responsibility for respective GL (Entities) & monthly close:

  • Raise and approve all ICO transactions for respective entities
  • Act as main contact for ICO transactions related to respective entities
  • Process all accounting entries in the General Ledger for USGAAP and Local GAAP accounting
  • Work closely with FP&A and Corporate to ensure accuracy of monthly SG&A activities
  • Prepare monthly reconciliations packs and Flux analysis for Financial Controller review

2)   Support monthly reporting process for respective entities.
3)   Cash Forecast: Prepare weekly cash forecast and analyze variance (actual Vs Forecast).
4)    Financial reporting:

  • Control review and documentation of monthly financial close process, maintenance and control of GL procedure documents and close schedules
  • Responsible for rigorously planning and controlling GL tasks to achieve demanding internal US-lead reporting deadlines
  • Continuous improvement of the quality of financial reporting - both internal and external
  • Ongoing support and liaison with other GL’s to ensure consistency of best practices and knowledge sharing

5)    Local statutory and tax audit:

To support local statutory reporting, external and internal audits to ensure timely filings of local financial statements and Tax returns for respective European entities

6)    Payroll:

  • To support monthly payroll process, to ensure accuracy of information and compliance with local legislation
  • To work with HR and Controllers on improvements of payroll processes for respective entities

 7)   OPEX:

  • Ensure month end purchase cut-off (month end accruals, open Po follow up) in relation with AP.
  • Prepare Finance Opex budget follow-up for Financial Controller review
  • Insure GL entries are correctly coded from an analytical point of view and proposed needed reclassifications.

8)  Financial Control

  • Responsibility for the proactive recognition and resolution of financial control issues
  • Procedural reviews – work with Financial Controller to continuously improve controls and processes, and comply with corporate requirements

9)   Participate in Oracle process improvement for respective Legal entities
10) Support Financial controller in various projects
11)  Act as a back-up for other finance functions as requested by Financial Controller.

Minimum requirements -

  • Degree in Accounting or professional qualification or equivalent
  • Accounting experience of at least 5 years
  • Knowledge of US GAAP and Italian GAAP welcome
  • ERP experience – specifically Oracle an advantage
  • Good command of excel
  • Proactive, flexible, attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with cross-functional and multi-national teams
  • Languages: English is required, Italian is welcome
  • Any European candidate, not French native, is welcome.

 Preferred requirements

  • 3 years Audit/Accounting firm experienced
  • 5 to 10 years experienced

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

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