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IT / Technology Finance Business Partner (Banking)

£55000 - £70000 per annum
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IEUAN HARRILD


Our client (Financial Services) is seeking a Business Partner for their Group IT & Technology department


The role will provide support to business unit heads, and will contribute to a number of key processes (Budgeting, Business Case Analysis, Monthly Finance MI etc.)

Candidates must have strong Finance Business Partnering / Management Accounting experience, and must have partnered with an IT / Technology department. Banking experience is highly preferable.

Key Duties

  • Providing analytical support to new business initiatives. Assessing and contributing to business cases for tactical and strategic investments in any Function and monitoring progress and benefits realisation.
  • Providing analytical support for new (or renewed) contracts with major suppliers of any Function
  • Ensuring all budgets and plans for each Function are produced in a timely manner and to quality required for submission to executive committees and the Board of directors.
  • Managing the production of the monthly financial MI (including insightful, actionable commentary) for each Function by working day 3 of each month.
  • Managing a view of financial risks and opportunities within each Function’s cost base on an ongoing basis.
  • Creating analytical insight to help identify opportunities to drive change and improve efficiency (including driving revenues, reducing costs) within each Function
  • Documentation of key Finance processes including identification of key controls



Essential Experience

  • Minimum 3 years as a Management Accountant or a similar Finance role partnering an IT / Technology team
  • Experience working within the banking industry.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Degree – ideally in quantitative subject eg Mathematics, Accounting or Statistics



Desirable Experience

  • Excel at Macro level desirable.
  • ACA/CIMA/ACCA

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

 

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Management Accountant

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Up to £85000 per annum


Purpose

  • The Senior management accountant will be responsible for the preparation and review of the financials of this high-profile global business, working within the Business reporting / FP&A team.
  • Responsible for the consolidation and reporting of the new entity to Executive management providing analysis of performance against trend, comparatives and forecasts.
  • Preparation of the external disclosure of the entities financials within our clients SEC filings and quarterly earnings releases.
  • The role will develop the relationships with the business leads across the entity, providing financial support and interpretation of the financials for each business
  • Full review of revenues and cost base of the entity including new transfer pricing relationships, to ensure financials accurately reflect Executive Managements strategic vision.
  • Review of forecasts and budgets with senior business management and presentation to Executive Management including updates on investments and delivery of growth strategies.
  • Assist in the creation of a legal entity sub-group, working with regional legal entity controllers, regulatory teams and senior management to migrate headcount, businesses and assets into a new subsidiary group.
  • Day to day supervision of a Management Accountant


Responsibilities

  • Partnering with business managers and senior management to ensure all parties have a full understanding of the financials, performance and future projections of each business within the entities division.
  • Day to day supervision of a management accountant, whose focus is the preparation the financials, budgets/forecasts and all other financial analysis relating to the division. Providing day to day support, guidance and prioritisation to ensure the business and executive management receive timely and accurate financial analysis of the division.
  • Preparation and oversight of monthly and quarterly management accounts for each business within the entity and presentation to business management, with commentary on performance vs comparatives, budgets and forecasts.
  • Preparation and oversight of five-year budgets and forecasts for all businesses within the division, working with business management to accurately reflect their business plans, future investments and revenue growth expectations.
  • Monthly and quarterly reporting of the division’s performance vs comparatives, budgets and forecasts to Executive management. Provide commentary on the performance of established businesses as well as updates on new business investments levels and fixed cost base changes.
  • Preparation of the divisions results for disclosure within the group's quarterly earnings and SEC filings, providing insight into revenue trends and profitability along with new investment spend levels. Coordination with the finance teams across the group to ensure the financials are accurate within Oracle Financials ready for audit review.
  • Build a detailed understanding of the Technology support functions behind the business, working closely with the IT FP&A team to ensure technology costs are accurately identified and allocated to each business.
  • Coordinate the accounting for new businesses within the entity as the company expands its portfolio of products and enters new verticals in the electronic broking market.
  • Responsible for ensuring the results are accurately reflected within the organisations consolidated group forecasts, used for both internal projections and quarterly market guidance.
  • Responsibility for the reporting of the division within the Consolidated Daily Management Report (CDMR), a key daily flash report used by Executive management to monitor business performance
  • Take a lead role in the restructuring project across the wider group, to segregate the division from the existing broking business to facilitate independent internal and external reporting.
  • Other ad hoc analysis and scenario modelling as required by the business and Executive Management


Skills

  • Qualified CIMA, ACCA or ICAEW (Min 5 years PQE)
  • Ideally over 5 years minimum Management Accounting experience
  • Proven business partnering experience with ability to interpret business plans into financial projections
  • Must have a keen eye-for-detail to ensure accuracy and integrity of reporting.
  • Strong MS Excel skills and good all-round IT abilities.
  • Experience of working with Essbase, Hyperion, Oracle Financials and Oracle Planning or similar software
  • Able to analyse performance and make recommendations to Business Managers
  • Ability to self-manage conflicting workloads in order to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate a high level of numeric and oral communication skills and able to deal with queries from management.
  • Experience in Financial Services or similar fast moving environment
  • Confident in operating in a competitive work environment and the ability to handle challenging situations sensitively.
  • Previous supervisory/people management experience


Systems

  • Extensive experience of Excel
  • Essbase
  • Hyperion
  • Oracle Financials
  • Oracle Planning or similar budgeting/forecasting software

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Finance Business Partner

SAVE
Up to £55000 per annum

  • Responsible for co-ordination and production of the Corporate Dashboard for Executive Board and the organisations Governing Body within agreed timelines.
  • Responsible for driving through improvements to the Corporate Dashboard
  • Responsible for delivering finance business partnering service to specific areas of the business (the specific areas are likely to change over time but will be covering budgets of between £35-50m). This includes supporting and enabling the business to make decisions but also provide challenge where necessary.
  • Lead/co-ordinate processes or parts of processes (e.g. co-ordination of the month-end reporting process/co-ordination of monthly finance reports and variance analysis).
  • Play an active part within the Finance team to ensure cohesive working across the department is maintained. Encourage a continuous improvement environment within the team.


Deliverables

  • Deliver a high quality Corporate Dashboard for Executive Board.
  • Deliver a high quality finance business partnering service ensuring that the business has access to the information they need, have implemented adequate budgetary controls and given due consideration to affordability and value for money. This includes:
  • Regular contact with budget holders and Exec Board (EB) members ensuring that they understand their financial results and forecasts
  • Provision and continuous improvement of the finance management information to drive improved awareness of financial results and spend decisions
  • Monitoring and reporting on compliance with purchasing processes/controls taking action to ensure non-compliance is reduced where appropriate.
  • Co-ordinate and contribute to delivering the month-end timetable to ensure month end management accounts and reporting can be completed ensuring the processes are controlled, efficient and effective including continuous improvement of the processes and reports e.g. incorporation of improved and systematic reporting and continuous review and improvement of reports/dashboard content.
  • Participate in the annual business planning process by supporting the design of budget packs, associated communication and supporting colleagues in the business to complete forecasts.
  • Embed financial control by helping to improve the control environment through implementing internal control recommendations and contributing to recommendations for improved ways of working.
  • The role will be expected to contribute to other ad hoc tasks/projects such as co-ordination of additional financial information as required.


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following experience and technical skills:

  • Previous experience of being a proactive finance business partner in a structured, professional environment & a strong track record of embedding financial awareness within the business
  • Experience of communicating credibly and confidently with senior management and auditors
  • Previous experience of hands on management or participation in the month end management accounting process
  • Experience of working with financial models using advanced level MS Excel
  • Experience of overseeing, managing and mitigating financial risks
  • A track record of embedding financial awareness within the business.


Education

  • Full accountancy qualification is required (e.g. ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA, etc.).
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Group Consolidation Manager

SAVE
£65000 - £75000 per annum

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review (and enhance, where required) the monthly group timetable and ensure that timetable is sent out to regions 5 days prior to month-end closing
  • Follow up on each of the items on the month-end timetable
  • Ensure that the monthly closing process is followed by regional finance teams and take charge of the following processes:
    • Ensure all entities have uploaded monthly financial packs on Consolidation tool, presently Hyperion (to be updated to One-stream).
    • Follow-up on global SAP to Hyperion mapping and reconciliation for each of the legal entity
    • Review, accumulation and tracking of ‘exceptional items’ reported across group
    • Review and follow-up of inter-company balances reconciliation. Work along the Hyperion specialist to ensure that the I/co reports are sent out on time (According to the monthly time-table)
    • Ensuring the inter-company balances and corporate recharges are netting out after consolidation
    • Work with Hyperion Consultant on review of monthly consolidation once all regions have uploaded financial packs
  • Gate-keeper of Hyperion and SAP Access and maintain a log of all staff with access right and ensure there is appropriate segregation of duties.
  • Work with Hyperion specialist on consolidation related issues and manage a log of open issues and monthly adjustment.
  • Provide support on implementation of One-stream implementation (a tool to replace Hyperion) project
  • Support European entities in audit readiness and preparing on the audit schedules (where required)
  • Independently review or support to regional teams where requested. Also manage accounting for small European entities as requested by Global Head of Controlling – Romania, Italy, others.
  • Provide support to other group Accounting Managers and able to work on adhoc projects as requested
  • Documentation of group processes and support group senior managers in documenting group accounting policies and adherence
  • Good understanding of IRFS framework and someone who can advise regional controllers on accounting issues

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, etc)
  • Prior experience is a must in a relevant accounting position
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with experience of matrix organisations as an advantage
  • The ability and motivation to solve unique and complex problems and pursue and achieve effective results
  • The ability to work independently and manage a range of stakeholders if and when needed
  • The ability to make timely decisions by sourcing and analysing critical information
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Methodical approach in handling multiple responsibilities and a good Team player

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

IT Project Accountant

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£60000 - £70000 per annum

IT Project Accountant / Analyst

Sitting within the technology business of one of our banking clients, this position will support a portfolio of transformation projects from a finance perspective and will contribute to the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Key Duties:

  • Assist with forecasting on a monthly basis, working closely with change teams and providing advice
  • Supply variance analysis / commentary on financial data as required
  • Limit variances via quality forecasting + drive proper financial management across different teams
  • Establish strong relations with change stakeholders + engage them in frequent communication
  • Assist with annual budgeting
  • Meet all reporting deadlines

Candidate Specification:

  • Qualified Accountant
  • Strong understanding of forecasting within a large scale, high value IT business area
  • IT experience within a global, ideally banking organization
  • Strong stakeholder engagement
  • Familiarity with project management methodology

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Group Accounting Manager

SAVE
Up to £65000 per annum

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review (and enhance, where required) the monthly group timetable and ensure that timetable is sent out to regions 5 days prior to month-end closing
  • Follow up on each of the items on the month-end timetable
  • Ensure that the monthly closing process is followed by regional finance teams and take charge of the following processes:
    • Ensure all entities have uploaded monthly financial packs on Consolidation tool, presently Hyperion (to be updated to One-stream).
    • Follow-up on global SAP to Hyperion mapping and reconciliation for each of the legal entity
    • Review, accumulation and tracking of ‘exceptional items’ reported across group
    • Review and follow-up of inter-company balances reconciliation. Work along the Hyperion specialist to ensure that the I/co reports are sent out on time (According to the monthly time-table)
    • Ensuring the inter-company balances and corporate recharges are netting out after consolidation
    • Work with Hyperion Consultant on review of monthly consolidation once all regions have uploaded financial packs
  • Gate-keeper of Hyperion and SAP Access and maintain a log of all staff with access right and ensure there is appropriate segregation of duties.
  • Work with Hyperion specialist on consolidation related issues and manage a log of open issues and monthly adjustment.
  • Provide support on implementation of One-stream implementation (a tool to replace Hyperion) project
  • Support European entities in audit readiness and preparing on the audit schedules (where required)
  • Independently review or support to regional teams where requested. Also manage accounting for small European entities as requested by Global Head of Controlling – Romania, Italy, others.
  • Provide support to other group Accounting Managers and able to work on adhoc projects as requested
  • Documentation of group processes and support group senior managers in documenting group accounting policies and adherence
  • Good understanding of IRFS framework and someone who can advise regional controllers on accounting issues

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, etc)
  • Prior experience is a must in a relevant accounting position
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with experience of matrix organisations as an advantage
  • The ability and motivation to solve unique and complex problems and pursue and achieve effective results
  • The ability to work independently and manage a range of stakeholders if and when needed
  • The ability to make timely decisions by sourcing and analysing critical information
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Methodical approach in handling multiple responsibilities and a good Team player

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Financial Controller

SAVE
Negotiable

Responsibilities:

  • Statutory accounts for entities + interact with auditors, providing relevant information in a timely fashion
  • Review reconciliations for relevant entities to ensure they are carried out & escalate concerns to leadership
  • Ensure financial reporting controls are maintained + actively look to improve them. Furthermore, assist related teams (tax, product control, regulatory) to uphold the overall control framework
  • Assist with budgeting / regulatory reporting + respond to queries from the board / leadership team
  • Develop models alongside treasury using the client’s ILAA. Also assist treasury with the management of the client’s FX situation.
  • Organise the liquidation of entities that no longer hold relevance
  • Observe the journal posting report + resolve an unposted journals on a daily basis
  • Managing + developing Junior Accountant

Desired Skills

  • Experience of accounting for a portfolio of entities
  • Accountancy qualification with 4-5 years PQE within the Financial Services
  • Good academics
  • Complex accounting knowledge (consolidated accounting, impairments, minority interest accounting)
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS
  • Experience of:
  • Oracle General Ledger
  • Hyperion Essbase
  • Oracle HFM

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Financial Reporting Accountant

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£40000 - £46000 per annum

The Financial Reporting Accountant plays a key role in enabling our client to fulfil its financial and HO reporting requirements and will also play a significant role in internal projects.

Working in a well-established team, your role will principally include production of monthly, quarterly semi-annual and annual reports to Head Office and local internal reports to senior management.


Requirement to undertake duties for more than one entity, to provide financial reporting and accounting services to Head Office and production of financial reports and general management information, including the:
1. Maintenance of books & records for the London branch;
2. Completion of balance sheet and P&L reconciliations and
3. Assisting and supporting the rest of finance team on ad-hoc reports or projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all Head Office reporting in Mandarin in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Build key relationships with HO Finance and communicate with HO teams weekly/monthly or as considered appropriate to better understand HO policies and requirements, and to act as the lead contact within the London Finance team to explain the London business and financial information as requested;
  • Co-ordinate the formulation of the HO and local business plans/budgets/strategy and monitor progress towards their achievement, drawing attention to important trends, and to opportunities to maximize earnings and to minimize risk;
  • Co-ordinate with Head Office and locally in London with Head of Finance and other Finance team members the formulation of the key reports to be completed and proactively support the planning and production of all Head
  • Office and internal reports and monitor progress towards their achievement, drawing attention to important analysis of results and KPIs and trends
  • Work with the Head of Finance and the Senior Financial Controller to enhance the quality and efficiency of the production of all financial reporting of the London branch as necessary.
  • Improve the insightful analysis to promote understanding of finance and accounting issues by other division heads and staff in London and Head Office
  • Work closely with the Head of Finance and Senior Financial Controller to develop financial data and reports for business management in the form and at the frequency required by the management committees, the Board and the Head Office.
  • Complete quarter-end and year-end business forecasting as requested by HO or management;
  • Prepare KPI assessment information, explain movement to management;
  • Develop reporting, budgeting and forecasting process and procedures
  • Coaching and training of new team members (junior reporting staff);
  • Forge good working relationships with HO relevant departments and other overseas institutions along with the different departments in within London;
  • Where and when required, help monitor the capital adequacy, liquidity, large exposures and performance of all entities in London.
  • In conjunction with other business managers, ensure that adequate accounting and other records and internal controls in the finance areas are maintained
  • Liaise with the external auditors and assisting in preparing statutory and regulatory financial statements of the London office.
  • Complete training required by the Bank with quality;
  • Read and understand the Risk Management & Compliance framework (and the policies referenced therein), the Joint Compliance Manual, Joint Conduct Risk Policy, Joint Conflicts Management Policy, the Joint Anti Bribery & Corruption Policy and the UK Staff Handbook;
  • Identify, report and escalate material risk events, including conduct risk events and conflicts of interest, or losses to the Head of Department;
  • Other ad hoc projects assigned by CEO CFO or Head Of Finance


Skills

  • Professional qualification or part qualification in accounting/finance discipline
  • Good language skills of written and spoken English as well as fluent Mandarin speaking
  • Experience working at a similar level, within accounting, banking or auditing fields, preferably in the financial services sector
  • An in-depth knowledge of accounting standards and theory, and financial management principles and techniques, including planning, forecasting and budgeting, and the ability to apply them effectively in banking environment
  • Proficiency for making financial evaluations and judgments and an ability to present recommendations, both oral and written

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Dutch Accounting Specialist

SAVE
Up to £65000 per annum

Key responsibilities:

  • Take ownership of accounting activities and monthly review for their Head Office entities (Holding companies) and provide support to the current team in accounting for our Dutch and some Benelux trading entities.
  • Maintaining and completing bank reconciliations of the above entities to ensure all bank are reconciled and journals appropriately posted.
  • Maintaining appropriate inter-company balances and monthly reconciliation of the balances with other entities / OpCos
  • Understanding of tax rules regarding inter-company balances and maintain Inter-company loan schedules
  • Preparation of financial statement of the head-office entities under IFRS
  • Working with Group Auditor on getting the Head office entities Audited
  • Providing support to the consolidation team during group consolidation and review of the final consolidation numbers
  • Providing accounting (including consolidation support) and technical support for the group annual audits for relevant companies.
  • Support the current accounting team in maintaining and enhancing the current HO recharges process


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong experience of dealing with Dutch statutory Auditors
  • ACCA/ACA or equivalent of 5 years post-qualification general accounting experience, ideally within Head Office working environment


Good Understanding of:

  • Dutch Tax Laws
  • Dutch Accounting and tax compliance rules
  • PCAOB Audit and accounting standard (not mandatory but good to have)
  • Effective internal control environment
  • Extensive experience of working on SAP
  • Good understanding of review of monthly Inter-company reconciliations
  • Excellent communication skills – Both in Dutch and English
  • Experience of working with Off-shore teams

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Financial Controller

SAVE
Negotiable

Responsibilities:

  • Statutory accounts for entities + interact with auditors, providing relevant information in a timely fashion
  • Review reconciliations for relevant entities to ensure they are carried out & escalate concerns to leadership
  • Ensure financial reporting controls are maintained + actively look to improve them. Furthermore, assist related teams (tax, product control, regulatory) to uphold the overall control framework
  • Assist with budgeting / regulatory reporting + respond to queries from the board / leadership team
  • Develop models alongside treasury using the client’s ILAA. Also assist treasury with the management of the client’s FX situation.
  • Organise the liquidation of entities that no longer hold relevance
  • Observe the journal posting report + resolve an unposted journals on a daily basis
  • Managing + developing Junior Accountant

Desired Skills

  • Experience of accounting for a portfolio of entities
  • Accountancy qualification with 4-5 years PQE within the Financial Services
  • Good academics
  • Complex accounting knowledge (consolidated accounting, impairments, minority interest accounting)
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS
  • Experience of:
  • Oracle General Ledger
  • Hyperion Essbase
  • Oracle HFM

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Financial Controller

SAVE
Negotiable

Responsibilities:

  • Statutory accounts for entities + interact with auditors, providing relevant information in a timely fashion
  • Review reconciliations for relevant entities to ensure they are carried out & escalate concerns to leadership
  • Ensure financial reporting controls are maintained + actively look to improve them. Furthermore, assist related teams (tax, product control, regulatory) to uphold the overall control framework
  • Assist with budgeting / regulatory reporting + respond to queries from the board / leadership team
  • Develop models alongside treasury using the client’s ILAA. Also assist treasury with the management of the client’s FX situation.
  • Organise the liquidation of entities that no longer hold relevance
  • Observe the journal posting report + resolve an unposted journals on a daily basis
  • Managing + developing Junior Accountant

Desired Skills

  • Experience of accounting for a portfolio of entities
  • Accountancy qualification with 4-5 years PQE within the Financial Services
  • Good academics
  • Complex accounting knowledge (consolidated accounting, impairments, minority interest accounting)
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS
  • Experience of:
  • Oracle General Ledger
  • Hyperion Essbase
  • Oracle HFM

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Financial Reporting Manager

SAVE
£60000 - £70000 per annum

Financial Reporting Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Statutory accounts for entities + interact with auditors, providing relevant information in a timely fashion
  • Review reconciliations for relevant entities to ensure they are carried out & escalate concerns to leadership
  • Ensure financial reporting controls are maintained + actively look to improve them. Furthermore, assist related teams (tax, product control, regulatory) to uphold the overall control framework
  • Assist with budgeting / regulatory reporting + respond to queries from the board / leadership team
  • Develop models alongside treasury using the client’s ILAA. Also assist treasury with the management of the client’s FX situation.
  • Organise the liquidation of entities that no longer hold relevance
  • Observe the journal posting report + resolve an unposted journals on a daily basis
  • Managing + developing Junior Accountant

Desired Skills

  • Experience of Legal Entity Accounting
  • Accountancy qualification with 2-3 years PQE within the Financial Services
  • Good academics
  • Complex accounting knowledge (consolidated accounting, impairments, minority interest accounting)
  • Knowledge of UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS
  • Experience of:
  • Oracle General Ledger
  • Hyperion Essbase
  • Oracle HFM

McGregor Boyall is an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.

Development / Property Accountant

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£45000 - £55000 per annum

Property / Development Accountant

Our client is a global real estate company with a focus on multi family / student accommodation. They are currently undergoing a rapid period of growth and are looking to recruit a Property Accountant to own the accounting for a portfolio of development projects.

This is a chance to join a company that plans to double in size in the next 5 years and will suit candidates with an accountancy qualification and a background in property / fund accounting.

Key Duties

  • Acts as a trusted finance business partner to managers on a range of development projects. This includes communication of financial data / analysis & project cost against budget
  • Ensures accurate completion of journal entries into the general ledger (reconciliations, checking & reviewing calculations)
  • Budget reporting for individual development projects
  • Manage relationship with 3rd party administrators + ensure the quality of their investment accounting
  • Provide adhoc financial info to lenders & associates
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Month end packs for external / internal reporting
  • Assist with drawing up of project budgets
  • Review lender agreements for individual development projects
  • Act as key reference point for auditors, both internal and external

Person Specification

Required:

  • Accountancy Qualification (ACA / ACCA / CIMA)
  • Strong excel skills
  • Prior experience of fund / investment accounting
  • Experience of working within Real Estate / Property business
  • IFRS knowledge
  • Experience of working on multiple projects

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  • Knowledge of Yardi Voyager

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