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The Accounting Policy and Assurance Group (APAG) Team is a Global team within Credit Suisse with a team based in London. APAG includes New Policy Implementation (NPI) and Policy Development (PD). PD is responsible for developing new and revising existing accounting policy documents. This includes monitoring both the FASB and IASB for upcoming standards and providing feedback to the comment letter process. PD also provides technical advice to transaction support teams within APAG and those responsible for day to day bookings as well as NPI. NPI is responsible for all aspects of technical accounting related to the implementation of new US GAAP and IFRS accounting standards. This includes the initial analysis of accounting standards, determining impacts to Credit Suisse as well as the identification and subsequent resolution of technical accounting issues. The NPI team also prepares the Accounting Requirements Document, which articulates the accounting changes in a clear and concise manner for use by the Financial & Management Accounting and Reporting (FMAR) team and Finance Change to build process solutions.
Policy Implementation: Participate in the policy implementation process:
Conduct initial impact assessment for project scoping. Monitor IASB and FASB discussions on implementation projects on new accounting standards
Perform technical accounting gap analysis
Identify knock on impacts of accounting changes to other GAAPs (e.g. IFRS, Swiss GAAP) and impacts on FINMA reporting
Prepare education material and conduct education sessions on new accounting standards
Meet with other partners to discuss potential impacts (e.g. Tax, Product Control, Group Business Supprt Services)
Draft an Accounting Requirements Document which outlines both the current accounting and future accounting under the new accounting standard. Identify and resolve technical accounting issues and handle the status thereof with an accounting issues tracker for each new accounting standard
Act as an accounting advisor on technical accounting issues and represent APAG on relevant workstreams as needed for Finance Change led implementation projects
Liaise with Policy Development Subject Matter Expert to ensure all new accounting requirements are updated in Group Accounting Reporting Manual (GARM)
Draft SAB 74/ Note 2 disclosure reporting which includes the impacts of the new standards
Project manage and conduct due diligence on the implementation of new policies
Provide regular communication on projects to internal partners as well as external auditors
Project Support: Lead and / or participate in accounting / reporting projects or assist Group Finance / Product Control as required in cases in which technical accounting expertise and / or project management skills are requested
Perform due diligence on areas where accounting risks are identified
Assist with preparation and presentation of accounting training materials
Assist with the preparation and review of group accounting policies
Be part of the global, dynamic Accounting Policy and Assurance team
Open to discussing flexible/agile working.
Investment banking or financial services experience, either through hands-on line experience or relevant audit or accounting advisory experience
Chartered Accountant / CPA
Experience in US GAAP / IFRS accounting and financial reporting
Analytical skills (ability to quickly structure, understand, solve complex issues)
Effective communicator – able to develop relationships with internal clients in different locations to understand and address their needs
Efficiently and effectively runs work, time and resources
Experience in project management is a strong plus
Experience in SEC reporting is desirable
Ability to work in an international multi-cultural environment