Morgan Stanley

Accounting Policy Advisor - AVP

Not disclosed
21 Mar 2023
21 Apr 2023
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Accounting and Regulatory Policy (Policy) is a global function within Finance which supports Morgan Stanley to achieve its business goals by providing independent advisory and review services in relation to matters of Accounting and Basel-based Regulation for a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. As a result of this focus, Policy plays a key role in client advisory activities and major Firm projects, helping to shape and influence the future strategy of the Firm.

Following a recent expansion of team scope and responsibilities, a Director (AVP/Manager equivalent) opportunity has arisen within the Glasgow Policy team, which operates as a centre of excellence for the global Policy team. The role will specifically focus on Accounting Policy, providing the opportunity to be at the forefront of developments in accounting impacting entities reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), US GAAP and UK GAAP.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. 

As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence, and strong team ethic. We can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career – a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

What will you be doing?

  • You will play a key role in Morgan Stanley Global Accounting Policy Management, working with senior stakeholders in the US and EMEA.
  • You will provide advisory support to our global Finance colleagues, supporting the global legal entity controllers and producing the Morgan Stanley IFRS Model Financial Statements.
  • You will help execute the team's global accounting horizon scanning process, including monitoring of sources, technical review of new publications and communication to subject matter experts (SMEs) and Firm stakeholders.
  • You will develop SME knowledge on key areas of accounting, have the opportunity to work alongside cross-functional teams on major Firm implementation projects, and assist with the resolution of ad-hoc advisory queries from internal stakeholders.
  • You will be involved in helping to train our internal stakeholders on technical matters, including key accounting updates identified through the team's horizon scanning process.

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong communication skills, including ability to communicate technical material to various levels of experience/knowledge both in written and verbal form.
  • An interest in working in a fast-paced environment, often balancing multiple high priority deliverables.
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial reporting under IFRS, US GAAP and/or UK GAAP and a keen desire to develop SME knowledge in these areas.


Skills that will help you in the role:

  • Qualified CA/CPA/ACCA or equivalent.
  • The ability to work independently in a self-directed way in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • Prior experience of working in a financial services environment

Where you will be working:

Located in Glasgow's dynamic International Financial Services District. Our office has an open, diverse, thriving company culture. In 2000, we founded our Glasgow office with just six employees. Since then, our office has grown to more than 1,400 people in our Glasgow office. We have an open, inclusive culture that empowers employees to reach their individual and professional goals. We encourage everyone who works here to think like owners and take pride in our worldwide reputation.

With a presence in New York, London, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Policy is a truly global function. The Glasgow Policy team is ideally placed to be a key advisory centre for our global stakeholders, with minimal business travel that would ordinarily be associated with similar advisory roles.

Flexible work statement:  

Interested in flexible working opportunities? Morgan Stanley empowers employees to have greater freedom of choice through flexible working arrangements. Speak to our recruitment team to find out more. 

Internal Applicants:

Internal mobility can be a way to grow your career and realize your professional potential. Typically, you must be in your position for at least 18 months and performing satisfactorily before applying for another job at the Firm. Internal applicants can find out more regarding career navigation, mobility guidelines and policy on our employee portal by clicking here. 

Equal opportunities statement: 

Morgan Stanley is an equal opportunities employer. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can maximize their full potential. Our skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the global communities in which we operate and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing, and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents. 

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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