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Financial Reporting Specialist, Associate 2 Environment Financial Reporting department is responsible for preparation of monthly, quarterly, half year end and year-end financial statements for investment funds.
Position Summary At this level you will be responsible for preparing and reviewing of all components of interim and annual financial statements for a number of investment funds operating in the UK, Luxembourg, Ireland or Switzerland. You may organize and coordinate work of Financial Reporting Accountants, Associate 1 in all aspects of the Financial Statements preparation process. You will be required to provide guidance to less experienced members of staff, taking responsibility for the quality of the work delivered to the client and auditors.
Scope of Responsibilities - principal tasks
Prepare and/or review first draft of audited annual and unaudited interim financial statements from trial balance, including Profit and Loss Account, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow, Schedule of Investments, Notes to financial statements, in line with applicable reporting standards
Prepare and review reporting templates for annual and interim cycles
Take ownership for Clients assigned to you by your Team Leader
Be a first point of contact for technical and Financial Reporting queries from Financial Reporting Accountants, Associate 1
Work to tight deadlines in order to finalize client deliverables
Act as an immediate point of contact to internal clients on specialized audits or reviews
Provide assistance and support during financial statements audits and internal control reviews
Liaise with other departments to address and resolve all issues identified within a trial balance
Ensure effective logging and resolution of enquiries and liaise with appropriate parties to resolve / escalate queries and problems within agreed deadlines
Be up to date with accounting standards (UK SORP, LUX GAAP, FRS 102 and IFRS)
Comply with accounting policies/procedures and internal control documentation
Understand the core processes and areas of risk within the business area and work with a management team to mitigate them
Constantly improve knowledge and skills in the area of accounting, financial reporting and the investment funds sector
Participate in projects impacting the wider group where possible
Take on ad hoc project work as required from your managers
Qualifications A person with relevant financial education in the field of economics, finance, accounting or similar (preferred). More than 1 year experience in financial services or a similar environment Industry Knowledge General knowledge of financial services industry. Knowledge of Financial Reporting and/or Audit processes is a plus. Core Competencies
Thorough understanding of basic accounting principles
Knowledge of accounting frameworks including IFRS, UK SORP, LUX GAAP, FRS would be advantageous
Knowledge of Financial Reporting and/or Audit processes would be advantageous
PC literate with very good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
Very good knowledge of spoken and written English. Must be able to communicate effectively with employees in other departments, at all levels and be able to describe and explain processes
Ability to work on multiple tasks with similar deadline
Have an enquiring mind and a willingness to investigate and solve problems
Ability to delegate work to junior staff
Experience of working to deadlines, must be able to manage time effectively
Takes Ownership and Initiative
Adaptable - ability to develop new approaches to solving problems
Flexible working hours (restricted to the current business need)