Accountant, Private Equity - 12 month Fixed Term Contract

Job Location: Guernsey

Role:

 

This is an opportunity for a qualified accounting candidate to join the largest department, within the largest fund administrator in Guernsey, thereby accessing a career path in the Private Equity space.  The role will require the successful candidate to prepare, and assist in the preparation and initial review of the financial statements of entities administered by the Private Equity department in a timely, efficient and accurate manner adhering to the highest standards. The role will also include final level review and oversight for certain outsourced client accounting functions which will involve liaising with other Northern Trust offices to ensure high standards of service are maintained.

 

Duties

  • Account preparation to include: Checking & maintaining ledger integrity,  completion of appropriate checklists, closing down of accounting periods, preparing accounts for manager review/clearing points, sending accounts for inclusion in board packs, provision of information for US and UK tax returns; preparing standard account files and liaising with auditors as required
  • Outsourced account review to include: Ensuring outsourced jurisdictions maintain a high standard and accuracy in the accounting reporting, act as point of contact for the client, liaising with auditors as required
  • Client Reporting: Critical background knowledge of entities in progress; Issuing tax forms to investors prepared by client tax advisers; Able to prepare and issue ad-hoc reports to clients
  • Bookkeeping / Cash Management: ability to understand more complex transactions; understand cash management procedures for specific entities; familiar with checking bank account reconciliations and cash reports on a monthly basis
  • Company Secretarial duties including: understanding of procedures; prepare and review of company minutes and agendas
  • Proforma Accounts: design pro forma accounts, ensuring they are in accordance with appropriate regulations/standards and agreed with clients/auditors; Maintain capital accounts for limited partnerships
  • Communication: Liaising with other departments such as fund administration; maintenance of client relationships; effective communication with client, investors and other associated parties (based worldwide); dealing with investor queries in an efficient and timely manner
  • Prepare and circulate accounts and tax timetables, advising on potential accounting issues & best practises
  • Preparation and review of management fee calculations
  • Calls/Distributions: Develop understanding of the process; calculate the call/distribution amounts for recommendation by client; liaise with client and investors regarding receipt/payment of monies; liaise with financial institutions receiving or making payment of funds, and review and maintain records
  • Understand the process of the Transfer of Shares or Limited Partnership Interests, and be familiar with anti-money laundering regulations and how to maintain records

 Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring accurate complex fund valuations, distributions, calls / drawdowns and other calculations
  • Prepare financial reports ensuring conformity to professional and regulatory requirements.  To include the review and maintenance of client general ledgers, trial balances, preparation of quarterly accounts and capital statements for private equity funds.  To prepare Annual Accounts for Funds, GP’s, LPs and SPVs.
  • Preparation of FRR and LRR calculations.
  • Liaise with Compliance and file any FRR or LRR breach notifications.
  • Research and prepare materials to support the development of new products or client opportunities
  • Work collectively with management to ensure first class delivery of professional and efficient service to clients.
  • Think outside the box to add value to the team and progress of direct reports.
  • Look at ways to improve services and find resolutions to issues.
  • Train and discuss accounting issues with Administration staff in order to ensure their understanding is sufficient to book-keep transactions appropriately within the team, with little supervision or need for amendment.
  • Ensure all procedures are kept up to date and are adhered to on a daily basis
  • Generate process and system enhancement ideas and co-ordinate the introduction of these changes, once approved by the department CSDM with supporting documented procedures

 

Requirements

  • The ideal candidate will hold an accounting qualification (ACA or ACCA preferred) and have gained knowledge of regulatory issues, book-keeping and technical accounting such as UK GAAP or IFRS
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Guernsey Company Law, POI law, Partnership Law and compliance, regulatory issues and an ability to keep up to date with all changes
  • Confidence in communicating directly with clients and stakeholders
  • Advanced Excel Skills and knowledge on Investran would be an advantage
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. The role will require the ability to deal confidently and articulately with internal and external counterparties
  • Analytical and problem solving skills are required
  • Leadership and organizational skills are needed to prioritize assignments and provide feedback to staff
  • Ability to set priorities and manage deadlines, escalating issues where necessary
  • Good team player, self-starter, flexible, with the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision.

About Northern Trust

 

For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building our legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. From a Chicago-based bank founded in 1889, we now have more than 20 international locations and 16,500 employees globally. We serve the world’s most-sophisticated clients – from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families, to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.

 

We burnished our reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, we continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.

 

Northern Trust proudly cultivates a diverse workforce, to serve our diverse client base. We strongly believe that diversity of experience contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better company. We encourage applications from the best regardless of ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, education, socio-economic background, parental and caring status, or religion.

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