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Principal Accountant

Date: Nov 19, 2021

Location: Tucson, AZ, US, 85719

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.


Following the acquisition of Arizona Mining, South32 is the new owner of the Hermosa Project, a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in Arizona.


South32's purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come. We work closely with their host communities to create enduring social and economic value through local employment, infrastructure and facilities development and community investment programs.


The location of this role is the Tucson, Arizona office.


The Role

The Principal Accountant will support the period end close process, including preparation of financial and statutory accounting in a timely manner and in accordance with Group Accounting Policies. Provide critical/material accounting advice for Hermosa and maintain the integrity of the general ledger. Perform various review and approval activities over accounting practices and outputs. Ensure that a fit for purpose internal control environment operates and is effective for financial accounting and reporting requirements.



  • An overriding commitment to health, safety, environment responsibility and sustainable development;
  • Coordinate the period end close process for Hermosa and provide support to the Finance team;
  • Perform required reviews and approvals for the period end close processes and provide support and expertise in critical/material financial accounting areas;
  • Prepare/Review reconciliation of relevant general ledger balances to ensure transactions are recorded accurately;
  • Review and support preparation of annual financial statements;
  • Identify and prepare Accounting Matters for Consideration;
  • Interact and provide data to Internal and External Auditors as necessary, including supporting resolution of queries;
  • Interact and provide data to Group Tax and External Tax Advisors as necessary, including supporting resolution of queries;
  • Identify and implement process improvement and simplification initiatives across the Finance team;
  • Ensure that a fit for purpose internal control environment operates, is compliant with Group requirements, and is effective. Complete verification processes over internal controls as scheduled and/or requested;
  • Co-ordinate and review other external / government reporting requirements;
  • Other tasks as directed by management.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Commerce;
  • CA / CPA or equivalent accounting qualification;
  • Understanding of financial accounting concepts & processes;
  • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards;
  • Process / continuous improvement and initiative/project management;
  • Sound time management – able to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Problem solving – uses logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions;
  • Interacts positively with others and engages in a broad range of positive interpersonal interactions;
  • Capability to coach and support Financial Analysts in their day to day role and tasks;
  • Understanding of US and State of Arizona taxes;
  • Seven (7) or more years overall financial accounting experience; preferably in a mining / resource environment;
  • Experience with SAP is required.


Our Culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We're focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.


We aspire to be an inclusive organization, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.


South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.


Nearest Major Market: Tucson