Chief Financial Accountant - Mandarin Language

28 Nov 2016
05 Dec 2016
Job Type
Cruise Ships
Job Level


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Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 49-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising that revolutionized the industry by giving guests freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation. Today, Norwegian invites guests to explore the world on one of 14 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.


Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the eighth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the third time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fourth year by the World Travel Awards.


Come join our team!

Job Summary and Essential Job Functions:

The Chief Financial Accountant is responsible for the overall Financial Department operation to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures and any relevant government regulations. This includes protecting the company’s financial interests in all matters. In order to consistently exceed guest expectations and provide the highest levels of product and services, additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed.


Cash Management

  • Responsible for the overall management and control of the ship’s operating cash.
  • Responsible for the control and audit of all cash floats onboard.
  • Ensure the ship maintains the appropriate cash level on a voyage basis based on expected need.
  • Acceptance and verification of cash deliveries to the vessel.
  • Offloading of deposits of cash, foreign exchange and other monetary instruments.
  • Control and disbursement of operating cash transactions.
  • Crew ATM replenishment, monitoring and reporting of voyage transaction totals.
  • Video Arcade Settlement and Change Machine replenishment (NCLA only).
  • Verification of expenses paid to officers and relevant crewmembers.
  • Monetary settlement with Tour Operators in ports of call (when necessary).
  • Monitor and control funding for Virtual Cards for Sign Off payroll (OceanPay system).
  • Control of checkbook, including verification of check requests, issuance of checks, corresponding GL entries and reconciliation of checkbook.
  • Acceptance of Casino transfers and verification of cashier paperwork in support.
  • Distribution to appropriate personnel of weekly Foreign Exchange rates as determined by the corporate office.
  • Set-up and operation of Fidelio Foreign Currency Exchange System on applicable itineraries.
  • Supervision, balancing and replenishment of Foreign Currency Exchange cashiers.
  • Ensure that all appropriate taxes and duties are applied to sales and/or consumption and paid to the correct authorities.


Department Management

  • The control of subordinate performance levels, including training, evaluation and performance feedback.
  • Audits of subordinate work, including voyage and month reconciliation and unscheduled spot checks.
  • Daily scheduling and time/overtime monitoring for department.
  • Department discipline and corrective action; issuance of counseling, verbal and written warnings to subordinates.
  • Supervision of training and development for department, including initiation of cross training and identification of candidates for promotion.


Onboard Revenue Reconciliation and Collection

  • The reporting of all revenue generated onboard.
  • Ensure each voyage is in balance in all financial areas and that all necessary reports are produced and reconciled.
  • Once voyage is balanced and closed in the Fidelio PMS, liaise with Systems Manager and Financial Accountant to check out all guests.
  • Verification of crew balances on a voyage basis – ensure crewmembers do not exceed limits allowed.
  • Monitor all direct bills resulting from uncollected balances.  Provide feedback to the Financial Accountant and ensure all procedures are in place to prevent.
  • Settlement of all ship’s revenue produced by concessionaire companies with the appropriate onboard representative.
  • Ensure the concessionaire revenue is accurately reported and the company’s interests protected.
  • Communication of all required reports to shore side, including the Ship General Ledgers, Flash Reports, Concessionaire Settlement reports, etc.


Ship Audits and Control

  • Performance of scheduled and surprise audits within all shipboard departments for all shipboard inventory.
  • Control, replenishment and reconciliation of monetary-valued inventory, such as gaming inventory (BINGO CARDS, INSTANT WINS), etc.
  • Monitoring and auditing of Freestyle Service Charge collection, adjustment, and exemptions.
  • Month end and sign off payroll audits.
  • Unscheduled payroll audits, against crew lists, contracts and CBA pay scales.
  • Audits of voyage package and reporting produced by the Financial Accountant.
  • Audit of POS Refund account on a voyage basis, ensuring the corrections are made immediately upon commencement of voyage and the account is cleared on a voyage basis.
  • Comparison of financial budget reports with actual expenses, reporting and identifying variances - responsible for report of Financial Department, ensures Inventory Accountant provides analysis of required reports for areas of responsibility.
  • Daily review and implementation of SOX controls in all areas affecting department.



  • Implementation of all new and revised Financial Shipboard Operations Policies and Procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all Financial staff have read and understood all applicable company and ship policies and procedures, and are in compliance with regards to their duties.
  • Will keep onboard management informed of any financial issues and policies that affect shipboard operations in their areas of responsibility.
  • Must be familiar with, and follow, all ship policies, procedures, and lawful orders, as applicable, as a crewmember, and ensure subordinates do the same.
  • Be familiar with Flag State Seaman’s laws, as well as applicable wage and salary agreements.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the shore side Director from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
  • Must be familiar with the Safety and Environmental Protection Policy and the SEMS, and carry out the policies and procedures appropriate for his/her position.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting or foreign equivalent is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of accounting and/or auditing experience preferred.
  • Minimum shipboard experience of 3 years in related departments preferred.
  • Intermediate to Advanced verbal and written level of English is required.
  • Intermediate to Advanced Computer Skills using the following programs are required: Microsoft Word & Excel, Fidelio Cruise, Micros, Marine Xchange Procurement, and Casino Systems (Oasis and Konami/SYNKROS).


Required Abilities:

  • While performing the essential functions of this job, all team members are required to stand; walk long distances on the ship; use hands to touch, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk, hear, taste and smell.  All vessel positions require repetitive motion of bending, climbing, going up and down stairs and lifting more than 25 pounds.  This job requires specific vision abilities to include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • All team members must be physically able to participate in emergency life saving procedures and drills. All vessel positions require full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities to receive and give instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats. 
  • Work within different temperature changes—indoors to outdoors.
  • Able to pass basic safety course.
  • This is a minimal description of duties. Other work requirements may be necessary and assigned as business or maritime law dictates.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


It is Norwegian Cruise Line's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and marital or veteran status. EOE.