Fund Accounting Manager

Belfast, UK
Generous salary package
10 Jun 2024
28 Jun 2024
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level

Company Description

Fund services | Corporate | Capital markets | Private client | Regulatory & Compliance

We help clients succeed by unlocking new value through expertise, trust and scale. We deliver solutions that solve complex challenges faced by asset managers, financial institutions, corporates, high net-worth individuals and family offices.

With a curious mindset, we ask the right questions to get to the right solution, faster. We collaborate to win together, sharing successes and shaping the future of our global business. Our culture of support and recognition provides the tools and opportunities for you to grow, while unlocking the most value for our clients and making your mark with Ocorian.

Expertise: We deliver specialist, tech-enabled solutions for our clients grounded on deep industry expertise.

Trust: We’re a trusted partner to over 8,000 clients globally. We are proud to have long-lasting partnerships with our clients.

Scale: With more than 1,500 colleagues, we operate across 20+ countries, our scale enables us to support our clients globally and locally, providing a seamless client experience across borders and service lines.

Job Description

Purpose of the Job

Responsible for the planning and delivery of the client accounting requirements in compliance with the Company’s contractual obligations. As part of the management team will be involved in strategic development, and the training and development of the accounting team.

4 reasons why a qualified accountant might want a fund accountant role:

  1. Interest in the investment industry: Fund accounting involves working with investment funds, which may be either private equity or PLCs listed on the London Stock Exchange. The underlying investments span a broad range of areas, including renewable energy, property, equity, loans and technology to name a few. If the accountant has a keen interest in the financial markets and investment strategies, a fund accountant role can provide valuable exposure to this industry.
  2. Career growth opportunities: Fund accounting can offer excellent career growth prospects. Working with investment funds can provide exposure to complex financial instruments, portfolio management strategies, and regulatory compliance. This experience can be valuable for advancing one's career in finance, asset management, or even starting a venture in the investment sector. There are many examples of career growth within Ocorian, whereby people have started as a fund accountant and have progressed to management and beyond.
  3. Skill development: The core work of a Fund Accountant is producing management and statutory accounts, as well as client management, audit engagement and knowledge of financial reporting. These skills are transferrable across the wider accounting industry. However, fund accounting introduces some other unique skill sets, including investment analysis and performance measurement. By transitioning into a fund accountant role, a qualified accountant can enhance their skill set and broaden their professional expertise.
  4. Networking opportunities: Working in the fund accounting industry can provide opportunities to connect with professionals from various segments of the financial services industry, including investment managers, company secretaries, brokers, and auditors. This networking can open doors for future career opportunities or collaborations.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain the process to ensure the timely delivery of client accounting requirements in relation to financial reports and accounts for private and listed funds and related entities such as management companies, general partners, holding companies, feeder vehicles and co investment schemes.
  • Ensure that current accounting standards and best practice principles are applied to the accounts production process and are kept current as such standards and principles develop.
  • Liaise with clients and other professional advisers to agree timetables for the production of annual, interim and management accounts.
  • Attend board meetings and other client meetings as required to present accounts and other operating matters to the board and ensure that representatives of the team who attend such meetings are fully briefed and are familiar with the issues which are to be considered by the board.
  • Liaise with auditors in order to ensure the timely completion of audits for fund and fund related entities and ensure that regulatory and statutory reporting requirements are met.
  • Ensure that continuing obligations of stock exchange listed entities are met in so far as they relate to the financial accounting responsibilities.
  • Manage and develop the structure and reporting lines within the accounting team and to determine the required staffing levels and ensure that candidates are recruited.
  • Motivate staff, maintain quality control measures and seek to constantly to improve departmental and individual performance.
  • Provide for the necessary training facilities to equip staff to fulfil their responsibilities and ensure that staff objectives and management goals are agreed and clearly stated.
  • Ensure that the team’s procedures are documented, followed and frequently reviewed and improved.
  • Facilitate clear communications throughout the team by (inter alia) weekly departmental meetings to review work in progress.
  • Assist in the preparation of fee quotations for new business opportunities and meet with potential clients.

Qualifications Required

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Excellent organisational and planning skills.
  • ACCA or ACA qualified - 5 years PQE would be desirable
  • Excellent technical knowledge IFRS/UK GAAP
  • Experience of managing a team.
  • The ability to lead and inspire the accounting team.
  • The ability to interact with colleagues at all levels in the Company and to prioritise own workload.
  • The ability and patience to develop staff from both a training and personal development perspective.
  • The ability to make a contribution to the strategic plans of the Company.
  • The drive to make continuous improvements.

Additional Information

All staff is expected to embody our core values that underpin everything that we do and that reflect the skills and behaviours we all need to be successful. These are:

  • We are CLIENT CENTRIC – Clients are at the centre of our world, and we’re committed to providing expertise and specialist solutions to meet their most complex challenges.
  • We are AMBITIOUS – We aim high. We think and act globally, seizing every opportunity to delight our clients and support our colleagues - wherever in the world they may be.
  • We are AGILE – We act on our initiative to get things done for our clients. Our independence gives us the flexibility and freedom to keep things simple, efficient and effective.
  • We are COLLABORATIVE – With a curious mindset, we ask the right questions to get to the right solution, for our clients faster. We collaborate to win together and share our successes.
  • We are ETHICAL – We behave with integrity at all times and assume positive intent, building trust through responsible actions and honest relationships.

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

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