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The role is a key new appointment which forms part of the next stage of growth for the business, and will involve working closely with the CFO as well as alongside the client-facing investment team. Your principal responsibilities will be firstly, to establish a robust and scalable risk management system to govern the monitoring of investments made by the funds, identifying early warning signs and escalating to senior management as appropriate; secondly, to ensure the operation of robust governance processes for a number of investee companies; and thirdly, to monitor and report compliance for the funds and associated companies.
You will need to be organised, disciplined and tenacious, and be comfortable working with both financial and non-financial information. The ability to maintain a level of professional scepticism and to remain robust in the face of challenge are key success factors in this role. As the role involving interaction across the business, as well as with investee management teams and external service providers, you will need to be a confident communicator with counterparts of all levels.
Reporting into the CFO and Heads of the Investment Desk, this will be a high-profile role in the business, offering the potential to make a name for yourself and forge out a promising career at this fast-growing boutique asset manager.
Risk management system
Establish robust and scalable risk management procedures for the monitoring of investments made by the funds
Collate covenant and information requirements for live deals and ensure these are being collected and reviewed on a regular basis
Use professional judgement to escalate potential warning signs to investment desk / CFO as required
Build open and honest relationships with management teams at investee companies
Take a lead role in preparing monthly deal review pack, tabled at the Monitoring Committee
Assist with distressed investments on an ad hoc basis as required
Ensure robust corporate governance procedures for investee companies are being conducted correctly
Maintain online audit trail of agreed procedures to evidence compliance to potential internal or external audiences
Oversee preparation of board minutes for investee companies to ensure appropriate detail is being captured
Identify potential process weaknesses, recommending and implementing improvements
Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement with regard to the conduct of financial processes
Compliance with HMRC rules
Monitor compliance with HMRC financial and non-financial rules for VCTs and investee companies
Ensure investee companies are adhering to HMRC advanced assurance applications
Develop and maintain reports for senior management evidencing compliance with requirements, highlighting deadlines and potential risk areas as appropriate
Maintain constant vigilance about potential breaches of HMRC rules and guidance
Strong academic record
5+ years qualified with a recognised accounting qualification (CFA, ACA or ACCA preferred)
Experience in a credit or risk role in a regulated lending environment
Experience of SME or property lending; development finance experience especially sought
Organised and rigorous
Personable and professional, with the confidence to earn respect of internal and external stakeholders