Accountant II in Loveland, Colorado at Hach

Date Posted: 9/13/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: HAC007036

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensuring water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use solutions.


Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.



This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, world-class organization and close-knit team with significant opportunity for personal growth. We offer many formal and informal learning opportunities and you will be expected to stretch your accounting and finance abilities, along with growing your understanding of what it is to be a part of a global business. We are seeking an accounting professional with demonstrated problem solving and process improvement abilities.  The right candidate will have passion for details, be able to assess information from various sources, and has the skills and experience to be able to combine and analyze data and develop relevant conclusions.  The dynamics of the team offers this rare, multifaceted role, which includes components of transactional accounting, financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis.  The candidate will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of how our business operates and aid others in strategic decision making.  This role will lead the candidate into a position where they will assist business leaders in making decisions by providing accurate and timely financial information, assist in developing process changes, and ensure policy compliance.  In addition, the team member will be passionate about developing their knowledge and would be asked to identify and recommend improvements for areas such as: working capital, profit management, expense management, and policy implementation.

  • Assist in the monthly close process: prepare journal entries including judgmental reserves.
  • Perform account reconciliations.
  • Facilitate the commission process including monthly calculation and annual plan development.
  • Review and submit invoices for payment.  Track related accruals.
  • Prepare Canadian transactional tax reports and remittances along with annual tax filings.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget, perform variance analysis, and prepare other ad hoc reports as requested.
  • Analyze aspects of working capital and suggest areas for improvement.
  • Manage intercompany activities and billings.
  • Articulate and assist associates in understanding Danaher and Hach policies. 
  • Act as a subject matter expert for your areas of responsibility; including month end responsibilities, Canadian commissions, and transactional accounting.
  • Identify, develop, and implement standard work and improvements to processes.
  • Actively participate in global team projects, including but not limited to SOX testing, internal and external audits, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reviews.
  • Successfully manage competing priorities in a deadline driven environment.  Professional presence must be demonstrated with the ability to be agile in a demanding environment.
  • Drive continuous process improvement using DBS (Danaher Business Systems) tools.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • U.S. or international equivalent of bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting required
  • 3 to 5 years of progressive accounting experience required
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP 
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering results beyond expectations
  • Experience in a multi-national publicly traded company a plus
  • Experience with Canadian businesses a plus
  • Experience with a large ERP, Oracle preferred
  • Microsoft Office Suite with intermediate Excel skills
  • Excellent communication, both written, and verbal
  • Ability to interface with all levels of the organization
  • Team player with a positive can-do attitude
  • Motivated, results oriented self-starter who will actively work to expand existing skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to think out of the box
  • Teamwork: Works cooperatively and productively with others to achieve results
  • Communication: Clearly organizes and expresses information and ideas to meet the needs of the organization in an appropriate fashion
  • Technical Skills: Understands and uses the appropriate equipment and / or technology to achieve the desired outcomes safely, efficiently, and effectively
  • Results Orientation: The tendency to keep the desired end result of one’s own or one’s unit’s work clearly in mind, by setting goals and focusing on them until they are achieved
  • Attention to Detail: A concern for ensuring that work and information are complete and accurate, by preparing carefully for meetings and presentations, and following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled
  • Customer Service: Effectively performs actions and provides assistance that focus on the needs of the customer and / or co-workers; develops and sustains productive customer relationships
  • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: The ability to seek information from a variety of sources and in a variety of ways, to clarify situations and to facilitate effective planning, decision-making, and problem solving
  • Interpersonal Awareness: The ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others
  • Self-Management: Performs independently with minimal oversight to achieve organizational and institutional goals while conducting all aspects of the job in accordance with prescribed regulations and guidelines; employs a sense of honesty and truthfulness in regards to the motivations for one’s actions (ethics & integrity)
  • Professional and Technical Knowledge: Understanding and utilizing policies, procedures, technology, regulations, stakeholder interests, as well as economic, financial, and industry data to accurately diagnose and identify key issues, when developing strategies and plans
  • Organizational Knowledge: An understanding of Hach’s mission, various stakeholder groups, and organizational structure

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach.  The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. 

The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels. 

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

Hach is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining or compensation.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.