Consultant Accountant, Property

Northern Trust Corp. - Limerick (30+ days ago)

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An opportunity has arisen for the role of Consultant in the Real Estate and Infrastructure (REIF) Team. Our team provides Fund Accounting, Financial Reporting and Relationship Management services to our clients. The team is regarded as the leading provider of Fund Administration services to the Irish Real Estate market. This role will provide an opportunity for you to develop both knowledge and experience of a dynamic and varied client environment and represents an exciting opportunity to work with a number of niche asset managers.

Principal Responsibilities

Financial Reporting
  • Preparation of interim and annual financial statements for Property Funds including the completion of consolidated financial statements for complex cross-border structures.
  • Active liaison with clients and external auditors, dealing with audit queries.
  • Ensuring agreed client service levels and regulatory filing deadlines are met.
  • Oversee the preparation of regulatory returns, including compliance reports, Central Bank and CSO returns.
Fund Accounting
  • Develop an understanding of Fund Accounting requirements for Property Funds.
  • Collection of relevant information to facilitate production of NAVs.
  • Issue NAVs accurately and within defined timeframes.
  • Organise payment of operating expenses.
  • Liaise with new clients to determine fund structure and level of detail required to support striking of NAV.
Client Servicing
  • Responsible to provide unrivalled client satisfaction and continuously improve the department’s performance to clients (internal and external).
  • Effective communication with clients, investors and associated parties on fund activities.
  • Ensure that operating arrangements are clearly established on inception of a fund.
  • Ensure that documentation, legal and compliance issues are complete.
  • To understand the purpose of and gain the critical background knowledge of Funds assigned to the team.
  • To keep abreast of current activities in the REIF’s market as well as industry and regulatory developments.
  • Dealing with client queries.
  • Liaising with other internal departments such as Trustee, Legal, Transfer Agency and Company Secretarial.
  • Contribute to the marketing and sales process to prospective clients via sales presentations, RFP responses etc.
Purchase and Sale of Property Investments
  • Understand the structure of property transactions.
  • Understand the process and approvals required.
  • Co-ordination of approval process.
  • Collation of documentation / record maintenance.
Skills / Experience
  • Hold a recognised Professional Accounting Qualification.

  • Detailed knowledge of Irish/UK GAPP and IFRS.

  • Working knowledge of the Irish regulatory /tax regime as it relates to Fund Accounting and Financial Reporting.

  • A strong appreciation of accounting principles and standards.

  • Knowledge of or willingness to quickly gain knowledge of Property Fund Administration.

  • High level of communication skills, previous relationship management experience would be beneficial.

  • Demonstrate leadership and team-building qualities and ability to motivate a team.

  • Ability to assist with the management of the team.

  • Demonstrates understanding of the need for high-touch client service.

  • Ability to participate in systems development projects.

  • Demonstrates commitment to producing high quality work and to timeframes required.

  • Strong knowledge of Excel.

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.

As of June 30, 2017, Northern Trust Corporation had:
  • $126 billion in banking assets
  • $7.4 trillion in assets under custody
  • $9.3 trillion in assets under custody/administration
  • $1.0 trillion in assets under management