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General Ledger Accountant

Leiden, South Holland - Explore location Finance, Accounting & Tax Full Time

Job description


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You have 5+ years’ experience in a similar role in an accounting department which means experience in preparation, analysis and reporting of accounting data and in use of automated accounting systems, with a few years spent in a multicultural and multinational organization.

You understand the measurement, processing and communication of financial information regarding economic entities, which aims to document the organizations’ resource management. You have a good understanding of how to plan and measure financial records in compliance with internal and external regulations, ensuring value for money in reaching business objectives and long term profitable growth.

We are looking for someone who is curious, open, flexible, motivated by increasing customer value and not afraid of working in a dynamic environment were new processes need to be defined independently and/or within the team. You have advanced Excel skills, lookups and pivot tables have no secret for you; you can perform a wide variety of tasks, from operational recurring ones to more analytical and technical ones. You communicate clearly and confidently in Dutch and in English (spoken and written).

You are an open minded team player, with good communication skills that help you to navigate through the different levels of the organization and build strong relationships. You enjoy working, collaborating and co-creating in a vibrant and changing multi-dimensional, multicultural and multinational environment. You are eager to learn and pro-active; you cope well with deadlines and know how to prioritize your work.

And you need some experience:
• HBO or relevant education in accounting and at least 5 years' equivalent work experience, preferably within Accounting and Reporting.
• Sound knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles.
• Acquainted with VAT.
• Good understanding of Accounting and Reporting Processes.
• Experience with complex Corporate Income Tax structures would be a pre.
• Sound knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics is also considered a pre.

And, of course, you share and live the IKEA culture and values and have a genuine interest in home furnishing.


The General Ledger Accountant is part of the Accounting and Reporting team, which in turn is part of the Group Financial Controlling team. We provide support to the three core-businesses IKEA Retail, Ingka Centres and Ingka Investments. This is done by providing Accounting support to the Ingka Holding companies as well as Ingka Services.

This support comes in the form of Accounting & Reporting services, supporting a strong compliance framework, and effective governance to enable entrepreneurship and safeguard our people, customers and businesses.

In your assignment your main responsibilities will be:

To optimally support the business by taking care of all accounting related tasks which demand specialist knowledge. Your main focus areas are automation of accounting processes, general ledger responsibility and (bi-)monthly closings and accounting compliance.

More specifically this means you will:

• Assist with month-end and year closings and prepare various reports;
• Review the trial balance and make necessary adjustments to correctly reflect accruals and provisions;
• Reconcile various accounts and identify errors in posting or omissions by applying appropriate accounting standards;
• Perform timely and accurate intercompany sales invoicing and reconciliation;
• Process accounts payable and payments transactions and ensure the follow-up;
• Respond to inquiries related to AP/AR;
• Actively contribute to the continuous improvement of the processes and working routines;
• May assist in the testing and deployment of projects supporting the Accounting and Reporting function;
• Obtain and maintain up-to-date knowledge on recent accounting principles and internal business developments, and follow up on implementing and communicating necessary procedures.


The Ingka Group is a world leader in the home furnishing business. We are a strategic partner and the largest franchisee of the IKEA franchisee system, owning and operating 381 IKEA stores and digital touchpoints in 30 markets.

The Ingka Group is a values-driven company with a passion for life at home and a vision to create a better everyday life for the many people.

In the Leiden office we are approximately 200 co-workers, mainly working in Group Functions for Ingka.


We look forward to receiving your application!
You will be based in Leiden and will report to Martin van Klaveren, Accounting & Reporting Manager.

If you have any question about the position, please contact Martin van Klaveren (; for questions about the recruitment process, please contact Maya Goldbeter (, Local People & Culture Business Partner - Recruitment.

Your application, written in English and consisting of a covering letter and CV, should be registered on-line. Please note that behavioral and cognitive assessments will be part of the recruitment process, as well as a background check for our final candidate.

We regret that we are unable to handle applications made by e-mail.