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Head of Fund Accounting - Real Estate Investment Management

Marks Sattin
Closing date
23 Feb 2021

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This firm is a highly regarded real estate investment manager with a multi-billion AUM across UK and Europe, they are one of the market leaders in real estate.

The role as Head of Fund Accounting will manage a team for real estate financial accounting and reporting across UK and Europe. They will take full responsibility for controlling and managing the financial accounting and reporting across a range of real assets funds and segregated mandates including investments in real estate, funds, joint ventures or direct properties.

  • Ensure that fund pricing and financial reporting including management accounts and financial statements are produced consistently, on time and to a high standard across all entities
  • Manage the annual audit process for relevant funds and entities, working closely with auditors to ensure an efficient and timely audit is conducted
  • Manage service providers to ensure an efficient and high-quality level of service is maintained
  • Ensure appropriate controls over fund accounting, pricing and reporting are in place and operating effectively
  • Ensure robust review processes are followed to ensure detailed review of accounts prepared by third-party administrators
  • Support operational change projects impacting the business, including, but not limited to, changes arising from regulatory developments, internal operational requirements, control improvements and client requirements
  • Be proactive in understanding transactions and any matters which have an accounting impact and work with the investment teams to embed standard fund and asset accounting operating models on new deals
  • Ensuring that all risks are understood and all errors and breaches are reported and actioned.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate controls and ensure they are embedded across the team
  • Ensure there is continual improvement in the relevant underlying processes and work with internal and external stakeholders to implement necessary change
  • Ensure fund and entity governance requirements are met
  • Ensuring that procedures and controls to undertake activities and minimise risks are appropriate, documented and operating effectively.
  • Maintain a close relationship with relevant investment teams and portfolio managers
  • Understand fund and entity constitutional arrangements and fund structures.
  • Preparation of reports to Committees and Boards of Directors of Funds, entities and Management Companies

  • Qualified Accountant ACA/ACCA/ACMA
  • Significant experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrable previous team management
  • In-depth understanding of current accounting standards (UK GAAP, IFRS and Lux GAAP) accounting for real assets activities and complex transactions common fund structures and tax issues
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills
  • Organised with a structured approach to working across multiple activities
  • Production of accurate and timely management and financial reporting
  • Reporting in a deadline orientated environment.
  • Managing a variety of funds/entities simultaneously
  • Dealing with auditors and managing the audit process
  • Managing outsourced service providers
  • Dealing with advisers and fund managers

For immediate consideration contact Sunil Basra at Marks Sattin
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