LyondellBasell Industries Senior Lead Accountant - Inventory in Houston, Texas

This position will support the Global Process Owner – Corporate & Transactional Inventory Accounting in the transformation of the finance organization from a regional/local based financial & accounting services organization to the new financial organization with globally led processes within a shared services infrastructure.

The position is responsible for ensuring accurate complete and timely transactional processing with consistent application of global accounting procedures (in line with policy) and the sign off of appropriate accounting transactions. Transactional responsibilities include USGAAP and IFRS inventory accounting; FIFO inventory valuation, product costing, and inventory adjustments. This role is also responsible for accounting support and problem solving for inventory functional areas.


  • Lead and mentor Inventory Accounting peers in the delivery of efficient and effective services in accordance with corporate policies, legislative requirements and in line with customer expectations.

  • Support the Global Process Owner – Corporate & Transactional Inventory Accounting to deliver a culture of performance within the team, ensuring the company’s performance management process is embedded and delivered within the timelines.

  • Deliver the expectations of the Global Process Owner in managing the respective processes ensuring tasks, activities and sub-processes are standardized, aligned across the team.

  • Liaison between Supply Chain and Inventory Accounting to resolve issues as they arise.

  • Support and implement agreed process improvement initiatives within the inventory accounting process team.

  • Implement and track process performance indicators and metrics and explain trends in performance and against benchmarks.

  • Implement and maintain desk top procedures and controls (in line with global standards).

  • Deliver efficient and effective Inventory accounting services with corporate policies and legislative requirements.

  • Support and implement agreed process improvement initiatives.

  • Perform SOx controls and maintain evidence of control for area of responsibility.


  • Bachelor’s degree with in Accounting with a minimum of 6 - 8 years of related accounting experience preferred. Finance Professional certification (e.g. CPA, CIMA) is highly desirable.

  • In-depth understanding of technical US GAAP and IFRS across a variety of topics is required.

  • Experience with Internal Controls and SOX/404 requirements.

  • Experience in a global, fast-paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills essential given diverse nature of operating landscape and cultural sensitivities.

  • Passion for driving continuous improvements.

  • Deep understanding of the business and finance processes within the Petrochemicals business model, highly desirable.

  • Previous participation in the configuration, design and testing of SAP Financial Application experience preferred.

  • Ability to multi task and meet aggressive deadlines.

  • Ability to operate with a high degree of integrity and will be expected to work on confidential projects.

  • Ability to influence management decisions and behaviors that have an impact on process effectiveness.

  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint.

  • Extensive user of ERP systems (ideally SAP).


  • Customer Focus*

  • Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

  • Process Management*

  • Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can’t; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.

  • Drive for Results*

  • Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

  • Problem Solving*

  • Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.

  • Developing Direct Reports*

  • Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each direct report’s career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them; pushes direct reports to accept developmental moves; will take direct reports who need work; is a people builder.

  • Functional/Technical Skills*

  • Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

  • Decision Quality*

  • Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

  • SKILLS:*

  • Able to multi task and meet aggressive deadlines.

  • Able to work under pressure analytically and systematically.

  • Passion for driving continuous improvement.

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell ( manufactures products at 55 sites in 17 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including; packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.

LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.