VP, Technical Accounting & Transaction Support
The Vice President, Technical Accounting & Transaction Support is responsible for providing accounting thought leadership to the company. The Vice President, Technical Accounting & Transaction Support leads a team of professionals responsible for providing executive decision support, expert consultation and thought leadership on business transactions by identifying and addressing accounting and reporting policy issues and opportunities. The Vice President, Technical Accounting & Transaction Support has frequent interaction with members of executive management in fulfilling these responsibilities. This person must be adept at tapping diverse sources of information, identifying profitable opportunities, anticipating challenges, and devising and executing breakthrough strategies to deliver against current and future business priorities, thereby strengthening Marriott's competitive advantage through excellence in financial management. EXPECTED CONTRIBUTIONS Lead the thought leadership associated with providing proactive, expert consultation, and technical support on business transactions (eg, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, asset sales and leases, joint venture structuring) by identifying and addressing accounting policy and reporting issues and opportunities (eg, lead financial accounting due diligence efforts; apply complex accounting and reporting concepts to deal structures such that they minimize risk and maximize return for the enterprise). Provide thought leadership in developing complex financial structures for business transactions. Establish and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with executive management, Global Finance partners, Legal and other internal stakeholder groups to understand the business and ensure timely and accurate exchange of information. Lead accounting literature research and apply technical standards to complex business issues and transactions. Lead research and preparation of policy memos documenting Marriott's conclusions. Lead and manage the group responsible for the preparation of the earnings per share, return on capital, and investment capacity analyses for potential transactions. Ensure that the analyses reflect the appropriate accounting treatment under generally accepted accounting principles. Stay abreast of existing and emerging financial accounting and reporting principles, assessing their applicability to Marriott and proactively advising executive management, members of Global Finance and other stakeholder groups as needed depending upon the significance of the issues to Marriott. Contribute to the development of discipline and enterprise policies that facilitate a strong internal control environment. Lead, develop, and mentor team members and encourage collaboration and a positive and productive environment within the Accounting Policy group. Set goals and expectations for direct reports using the Leadership Performance Process (LPP) and hold staff accountable for successful performance; coach team by providing specific feedback to improve performance; conduct annual performance appraisal with direct reports; and ensure the same occurs at lower levels of his/her organization. Partner with Human Resources to strengthen the organization performance by ensuring effective structures, processes, jobs, and tools are in place for associates to do their jobs effectively. Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs. CANDIDATE PROFILE Experience Fifteen years professional accounting experience to include public accounting experience at the senior manager or partner level, significant National Office or SEC fellowship experience strongly preferred. Seven years in a management role; demonstrated success leading and developing a strong team in a complex, service-intensive, deadline-driven environment. Experience analyzing and recommending appropriate strategies addressing technical accounting issues of complex real estate, joint venture, merger & acquisition, disposition and tax transactions. Experience with highly complex business arrangements strongly preferred. Mergers and acquisitions experience strongly preferred. Lodging/hospitality industry experience strongly preferred. History of consistently delivering business results. Education or Certification Baccalaureate degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline required CPA required MBA or Master's of Science Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline strongly preferred Knowledge and Skills Strong leader of people; able to create a compelling vision, demonstrate flexibility in approach, and motivate others to achieve desired results; demonstrated ability to lead, manage and mentor staff. Exhibits leadership presence; ability to establish credibility necessary to influence at all organizational levels and give projects credibility. Expert knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and controls; as well as an in-depth knowledge of Marriott-specific accounting issues and finance processes and systems. Demonstrated expertise in appropriate accounting treatment and reporting policies of routine and complex financial transactions. Strong business acumen and service orientation. Comfortable with complexity, ambiguity and driving change. Trustworthy with strong business integrity and ability to hold sensitive information in confidence. Strategic thinker; processes information through a strategic lens and applies tenants of systems thinking to issues/assignments. Innovative thinker and agile learner; able to readily apply past learnings in new situations to generate solutions to Marriott challenges and/or create something entirely new. Able to consistently make decisions in a timely manner sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure. Comfortable challenging organizational norms and accepted thinking to improve effectiveness. Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with a broad group of stakeholders to foster trust and influence key decisions. Exceptional written and oral communication skills; creates an atmosphere in which timely information flows smoothly through the organization. Ability to explain complex issues to non-subject-matter experts. Able to sell ideas persuasively, settling differences and winning concessions without damaging relationships; can be both direct and forceful while remaining diplomatic. Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills; able to take large volumes of complex information and present it in a clear and concise manner to senior management, able to use data and a cogent problem solving methodology in decision making and impact assessment. Strong business performance management skills - able to deploy and manage (use data to systemically monitor the progress of work against schedules, budgets, and quality standards) resources, to achieve/exceed objectives in a dynamic operating environment. Able to integrate and balance priorities, work activities and resources for the benefit of multiple key stakeholders. Active learner -- able to enhance personal, professional and business growth through new knowledge and experiences; pushes the organization to learn from other industries' standards and practices. Demonstrates understanding of multiple functions, brands and businesses in order to respond more quickly and resourcefully to new demands and challenges. Able to work in a matrix organization and make things happen without having to own all the resources; leverages shared resources to achieve results. Ability to integrate and balance priorities, work activities and resources for the benefit of multiple key stakeholders. Location This position is based at Marriott International Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.