Job Title : GFS Fund Accounting Control Associate Consultant Summary
The Fund Accounting unit is a rapidly expanding business within Global Fund Services (GFS) area of Northern Trust with offices in Ireland, London, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Switzerland , Chicago and India.
The GFS FA Control Associate Consultant is a proactive consultant role that is responsible for oversight of the operational control structure of the business unit within Global Fund Services.
The Control Associate Consultant provides proactive guidance to staff partners to strengthen controls, ensure compliance and mitigate operational risk.
This position is based in Luxembourg and reports directly to the Luxembourg Control Manager Major Duties and Responsibilities
Foster and promote Northern’s commitment to a strong risk management culture by developing a control mindset within the business.
Leads the development of controls and measures to identify excessive operational risk and / or control problems at an early stage and ensures that immediate measures are taken to maintain quality and efficiency standards.
Ensure that current policies and procedures are in place (and are being followed) for business unit functions and are in compliance with organizational standards and regulatory requirements.
Ensure proper preventative and detective controls are in place for business functions and drive recommendations to strengthen control weaknesses.
Act as an escalation point for risk and control related matters for the entire department.
Partners with various risk management and control groups throughout the organization.
Assist with reviewing all operational losses within the department, analyzing for trends / root causes.
Serve as department assistant lead for all audits and regulatory examinations. Track and monitor all audit report and regulatory examination findings to ensure all open issues are resolved and closed in a timely manner.
Support regional control teams with audit, trustee & compliance reviews.
Assist with operational and / or corporate risk & control initiatives where directed.
Stay up to date with industry changes that may impact the risk & quality of our service.
Perform proactive focused reviews according to agreed priorities of end to end processes and / or clients and key risk areas to maintain quality levels & identify areas for enhancement
Review any region specific regulatory issues. Make recommendations and control implementation by Business Unit.
Liaise with related central areas including Compliance and Operational Risk and local FA Managers who deliver our services to clients
Work closely with local FA Manager to determine priorities and objectives for performing reviews.
Initiate quality related projects ensuring adequate business plans are created and signed off by all relevant business areas
Assist with periodic procedure reviews for existing processes, as well as those for new processes created by implementations and take-on activity.
Follow the goals and priorities based on the direction set for the Section.
Ensure consistent best practice and monitor the regional standards
Produce accurate management information reporting and analysis to deadline
Maintain effective communication channels at all levels
Tracks all review actions / reporting to Senior Management and plans effectively to meet the deadlines set.
Keep abreast of industry and regulatory developments that may impact the risk and quality of our service.
Assess operational readiness of the business unit’s ability to take on new clients, processes, or perform system migrations.
Ensure preventative controls are in place following procedure & process failures.
Knowledge / Skills
Operations partner with knowledge of the Fund Accounting business including its strategic goals, associated products and supporting operational functions.
Strong attention to detail and organization skills.
Has a strong understanding of end to end processes within Fund Accounting.
Ability to systematically assess & challenge existing processes.
Knowledge of risk management techniques and proven ability to identify and asses risk in business processes, migration activity and new products.
Knowledge of regulatory requirements and industry best practices.
Strong communication, negotiation and analytical skills are necessary to consult with partners / clients throughout the organization as well as regulators and auditors.
Effective project management skills are essential to help drive various initiatives.
Ability to sell the value added benefit of the control function.
Candidate to have 3+ years broad experience in Fund Accounting Operations or as an Internal Audit partner with a strong focus on FA
Investment Management or Business related certificates or equivalent 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 18,500 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 September 30, 2018, Northern Trust Corporation had : $10.8 trillion in assets under custody / administration $8.2 trillion in assets under custody $1.
2 trillion in assets under management $132 billion in banking assets As Northern Trust is a financial organisation; all new employees will be required to undergo a criminal record check.