AVP - Accounting Research and Policies - New York - 18099BR

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $4.4 billion in 2018, employs approximately 13,100 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 42 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.
Moody’s Shared Services are the front line professionals including Finance, Technology, Legal, Compliance and Human Resources, that operationally support our business units. Exceptional Shared Services teams are vital to the international success of our business.


Finance / Controllership

Job Description

The AVP, Accounting Research & Policies will be a key member of the Controller’s group and will assist in research relating to complex accounting transactions and new accounting standards impacting Moody’s. The position will focus heavily on providing technical accounting guidance on revenue recognition (under ASC 606), including revenue for software and SaaS solutions. The position will also work closely with the treasury function on hedge accounting matters.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Advise on accounting for revenue transactions under ASC 606, including revenue for software and SaaS solutions

  • Research and document complex U.S. GAAP transactions that relate to Moody’s and provide recommendations and analysis to senior management on the accounting for these transactions

  • Implement new accounting pronouncements

  • Manage all hedging documentation and effectiveness testing relating to the Company’s derivatives

  • Assist with accounting and financial due diligence for complicated M&A transactions

  • Maintain and enhance Moody’s Global Accounting Policies (MGAP)

  • Manage all key assumptions relating to Moody’s defined benefit pension plans with actuaries and treasury group

  • Assist with quarterly and annual goodwill impairment process

  • Assist financial reporting team with selected disclosures

  • Provide technical accounting training to finance organization


  • Degree in accounting and a minimum of 8 years of experience (minimum of manager level attained in large public accounting firm). A combination of public accounting and industry experience preferred

  • CPA required

  • Extremely strong understanding of U.S. GAAP, with focus on revenue accounting, derivatives, business combinations and pension accounting

  • Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate complicated accounting transactions to non-accounting members of senior management

  • Exceptional writing skills that will be utilized in documenting complicated accounting standards that impact Moody’s

  • Strategic thinker

  • Ability to coach junior accounting staff on proper implementation of complicated accounting matters

Moody’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, citizen status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Moody’s also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email accommodations@moodys.com.. This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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Candidates for Moody's Corporation may be asked to disclose securities holdings pursuant to Moody’s Policy for Securities Trading and the requirements of the position. Employment is contingent upon compliance with the Policy, including remediation of positions in those holdings as necessary.