Primary responsibilities / essential functions :
Carries out the NAV oversight functions related to :
Pricing and Fair Valuation of securities
Fund performance validation through benchmarking
Execution of the Passive Currency Overlay program
Accounting for complex instruments and derivatives
Budgeting, accruals and invoices process
Reporting to the Conducting Officers, the Management Company and the funds’ Board of Directors
Carries out the fund accounting operations functions related to :
Cash reconciliations and cash projections
Portfolio reconciliations (positions, pricing and income)
Investment of liquidities
Processing of complex transactions such as fund launch, transfer in kind, merger and asset transferability analysis
Carries out the financial and regulatory reporting functions related to :
Semi-annual and annual financial statements
Audit process and Long-Form Report
Total Expenses Ratio, Portfolio Turnover, Portfolio Yield
Financial and trading data for PRIPS / MIFID, specific country requirements
Serves as subject matter expert
Stays abreast of regulatory and operational developments via newsflashes, webinars, conferences and regular contacts with the fund industry.
Has extensive knowledge of the fund’s literature (Prospectus, Annual Reports, Fund fact sheets, investors’ website, etc.
and can either direct requests on funds’ data to the most appropriate source or collate relevant information or provide directly a response.
Researches and analyzes complex issues and recommends solutions; identifies the root cause of issues to determine potential controls or process improvements.
Produces effective executive summaries on complex technical matters in a readable and simple manner.
Provides guidance on operational issues and technical questions to other departments.
Prepares or reviews thorough ad’hoc analysis / simulations as per management or client requests to estimate fund accounting impacts of regulation changes or business initiatives.
Presents findings to working groups with different levels of seniority and efficiently answers their queries.
Initiates and coordinates process improvements : gathers facts, identify and escalate issues, and identify possible solutions.
Consolidates the needs, discusses recommendations with decision group, and implements best practice and / or process improvements.
As required provides support and guidance to more junior team members.
Participates in cross departmental projects and team initiatives
Provides input to working group to establish project plan and processes based on defined business objectives.
Assigns responsibilities within own team and ensures both timely and adequate deliverables to project group.
Identifies and addresses fund accounting impacts.
Professional accounting qualification or direct significant experience in the Fund Accounting space
Excellent understanding of accounting and valuation principles for securities including complex instruments and most common derivatives.
In depth knowledge of the investment management industry as it relates to fund operations, investment and hedging strategies, Funds’ legal structures, investment operations, reporting and regulatory environment and ability to apply it to work assignments.
Good numerical ability, high proficiency with Excel, and ability to apply it to work assignments.
Ability to analyze complex data and / or technical issues and synthetize outcome in qualitative executive summaries.
Good professional judgment and leveraging of past experience to come up with the most adequate and effective decision, balancing business needs with operational feasibility.
Strong written and spoken English (French is a plus)