Accountant Fluent in English

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What drives you as an accountant in your professional life? It's simple! You seek a stable employer committed to continuous growth – a company that not only acknowledges but also rewards your talents and passion. You value a supportive team environment and strive for a healthy work-life balance. Equally important is the chance to enhance your skills through immersive on-the-job training and personalized coaching tailored to your personality. Moreover, you desire the opportunity to tackle a diverse array of tasks, participate in and even lead projects, all while having the prospect of advancing your career through personalized internal mobility plans.


Shurgard is the largest provider of self-storage in Europe. It provides storage solutions for individuals and businesses, offering secure and convenient facilities for storing personal belongings, household items, business inventory, and more. Shurgard facilities typically feature various storage unit sizes, climate-controlled options, and security measures such as gated access, surveillance cameras, and individual unit locks. Customers can rent storage units on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on their needs.



You report to the Accounting Manager and will assist the Accounting Manager in preparing accurate and timely financial reports and ensure appropriate accounting control procedure. You prepare recharging/inter-company activities, cash related activities and support in the implementation of new systems, always in line with Shurgard’s policies and values.


Shurgard is a publicly listed self-storage company with presence in France, the Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Denmark. The accounting team, responsible for all EU accounting activities, is centralized at the Shurgard European Support Center in Belgium (Groot Bijgaarden). Comprised of four sub-departments including Cash and Trade Receivable, Real Estate Accounting & Reporting, Corporate Accounting, and Cash and Trade Payable, there is currently an exciting vacancy for a fifth accountant within the Cash and Trade Payable team due to internal mobility opportunities.


Financial Recording and Reporting:

  • Ensure accurate and appropriate recording and analysis of revenues and expenses.
  • Meet all financial reporting deadlines.
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and year-end close.
  • Prepare financial management reports.
  • Resolve accounting discrepancies and irregularities.

Inter-Company and Tax Compliance:

  • Ensure accurate inter-company accounts and recharges.
  • Prepare tax returns (VAT, Real Estate Tax, etc.).
  • Maintain vendor file maintenance.
  • Set invoices up for payment and prepare and process payments.
  • Maintain bank records.
  • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures.

Auditing and Control Procedures:

  • Participate in the auditing process and any necessary follow-up and improvement.
  • Establish and monitor the implementation and maintenance of accounting control procedures.
  • Act as a gatekeeper in respect to the delegation of authority matrix in close collaboration with the legal department.
  • Participate in fine-tuning and rollout of various control systems.



Excellent Strategic Thinking:

  • You are able to quickly exhibit a deep understanding of the company's strategy and effectively apply it in your work contexts.
  • You have a proven ability to recognize and capitalize on opportunities, prioritizing tasks with precision and agility.
  • Your flexible approach and adaptability allow you to seamlessly navigate evolving circumstances.

Keen Problem-Solving Skills:

  • You demonstrate a proactive attitude towards problem-solving, addressing challenges with creativity and determination.
  • You exhibit effective task prioritization and deadline management, ensuring efficient project completion with diligence.
  • You actively pursue self-development and learning opportunities to continually enhance your skills and knowledge.

Customer-Focused Communication Excellence:

  • You have a commitment to placing customer needs at the forefront, delivering exceptional service consistently.
  • Your clear and professional communication skills allow you to adeptly influence and engage customers using available tools.
  • You demonstrate awareness of business performance targets, driving actions to exceed expectations and deliver results.

Collaborative and Learning-Oriented Approach:

  • You embrace collaboration and sharing with colleagues, contributing to a positive and constructive work environment.
  • You demonstrate enthusiasm for continuous learning and skill development, showcasing a commitment to personal and professional growth.

In addition:

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • You have at least 3 years of solid experience in General Ledger accounting.
  • You have a feeling for or affinity with the Services or Retail sector.
  • You are familiar with your market’s VAT and GAAP processes.
  • You are fluent in English, preferably with a working proficiency in French, Dutch and/or any other market’s language is considered a plus.
  • You have a working knowledge of Microsoft applications and an advanced level in MS Excel.


English (+ other EU languages )



Shurgard offers you as an Accountant the opportunity to become part of the self-storage market leader in a dynamic, international, and diverse team environment. Additionally, we offer a competitive salary and generous legal benefits:

  • A stable, solid, and growing company, even during less favourable economic periods.
  • Permanent job contract.
  • Excellent base salary with bonuses based on KPIs.
  • Group insurance.
  • Hospitalization insurance.
  • Expense reimbursement.
  • Meal vouchers.
  • 20 vacation days plus 6 additional days off.
  • 2 days of teleworking per week (after the onboarding and induction period).


  • To apply, simply click on the "APPLY NOW" BUTTON and submit your most recent CV in English (preferably).
  • Shortly after applying, you will be contacted by Hans Verheij, our recruiter from Profile Group. Hans may have some questions for you.
  • The initial interview with Hans will be conducted via MS Teams.
  • Subsequent interviews with the Accounting Manager (Saoussane) via MS Teams and the Accounting Director (Steve) and the Deputy Accounting Director (Gerry) via MS Teams.
  • The second interview will be with the HR Manager EU (Valerie) via MS Teams or in person will be the final interview before receiving the job offer. The entire procedure, from the day you apply, can typically be completed within 2 to 3 weeks, barring any unexpected events that may slow down the process.


Placed on:Mon 4 March 2024
Location: Brussels (Groot-Bijgaarden)


For more information:
at the number: +32 473 715114
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