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Danaher Corporation Senior Accountant in Washington DC, District Of Columbia

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping its customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. Its family of world class brands has leadership positions in the demanding and attractive health care, environmental and applied end-markets. With more than 20 operating companies, Danaher's globally diverse team of approximately 69,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, and our Shared Purpose, Helping Realize Life's Potential. For more information, please visit www.danaher.com.


The candidate for this position will be primarily responsible for the accounting and reporting related to the Company’s various employee benefit and compensation plans. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for providing management with financial data and recommendations for use in accounting and financial reporting, as well as decision-making on major issues.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take lead role in preparing financial statements for qualified employee benefit plans and working with external auditors on the annual audits

  • Prepare annual 5500 filings for qualified benefit plans

  • Assist in the monthly close process by preparing and recording various monthly journal entries, accruals, and account reconciliations

  • Prepare and track monthly charge outs to subsidiaries of centralized payments of health benefits

  • Coordinate funding for contributions to qualified plans and distributions from nonqualified plans

  • Prepare and coordinate quarterly and annual accounting information reported to the Census Bureau

  • Assist in the stock-based compensation transactions as needed

  • Assist with robotic process initiatives

  • Liaison with Human Resources and Treasury departments, third-party vendors, and auditors

  • Significant interaction with controllership and external reporting functions

  • Suggest, implement, and document accounting processes, control procedures, and process improvements

The person in this role will also be given the opportunity to get involved in other areas of the corporate finance department that will expand their career experience such as:

  • Support the quarterly and year-end financial audits and other compliance measures of the company, including:

  • Review 10Q and 10K of the Company, prepare the Extensible Business Reporting Language (xBRL) reporting and present work to the Chief Accounting Officer

  • Review quarterly submissions of data by OpCos, analyze results with follow-up to OpCos and present results to corporate management. Topics reviewed include revenue recognition, leases, off-balance sheet items, etc.

  • Review data requests from third parties and prepare in accordance with Danaher policy

  • Support management in completing special projects, ad-hoc reporting, and analysis requests


  • BS in Accounting/Finance

  • CPA license preferred

  • At least 5 years accounting experience

  • Experience with qualified benefit plans preferred

  • Background in public accounting or large multi divisional company preferred.


    The incumbent of this position must possess the following traits:

  • Meticulous, thorough, and observant

  • Curious and open to learning

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment and adapts to frequent changes

  • Organized and possess strong time and project management skills

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task with minimal supervision

  • Work and communicate effectively with multiple teams and functions of the company

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Continuous improvement mindset

  • Results oriented

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.