Northern Trust

Accountant, Financial Reporting

Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
15 Apr 2024
24 Apr 2024
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world’s most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

Role Summary

This role is part of the Australia Investment Accounting (AIA) team in Melbourne.

The Financial Reporting team has a growing client base of large, complex funds including Superannuation Funds and unitised products.

The Accountant will operate under general supervision but is expected to work independently and will be responsible for the timely delivery of month-end reporting, financial statement preparation, tax reporting and regulatory reporting to APRA and ABS.

The accountant will also be involved in implementation of new clients along with restructures and transitions for existing clients.

What you will do

  • Deliver high quality service to customers by ensuring accurate, timely completion of all assigned tasks and requests for information
  • Review of monthly, quarterly and annual client accounting and tax reporting deliveries. Includes monthly accounting and tax packages, General Ledger reconciliation, Accounting to Tax reconciliations, quarterly APRA, ABS and BAS returns
  • Establish a high level of client knowledge ensuring all obligations can be met
  • Direct liaison with clients
  • Identify and improve current core processes and procedures, ensuring they are updated with changes in regulations and industry trends
  • Work together with other local and global teams to achieve client reporting objectives – Unit Pricing, Business Process Analysts, Client Services, Operations and Technology etc.
  • Communicate effectively both orally & in written form with internal departments and external bodies
  • Work closely with Manager and team on various new processes / projects
  • Identify, document and disseminate new procedures and controls

About You

  • Industry Knowledge – Experience in Custody, Funds Management and Superannuation fund industries
  • Technical Expertise – Thorough understanding of Australian Accounting standards and familiarity with Australian Taxation legislation (concepts such as TOFA, tax parcel optimisation, tax provisioning for Superannuation funds, treatment of present entitlements for unit trusts).
  • Customer Service Orientation
  • Ability to work under pressure and plan ahead to meet multiple client delivery deadlines
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical, consultative, communication and judgment skills
  • Understanding of financial markets including derivatives and corporate actions
  • Focus on quality
  • Business, financial services or CPA/CA qualification

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us.

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at

We hope you’re excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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

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