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Deputy Accounting Manager - Swindon

Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Swindon, United Kingdom
Closing date
May 30, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Columbia Threadneedle Investments

You'll find the promise we make to our clients is the same one we make to our employees: Your success is our priority.

Here, you'll find growth and career opportunities across all our businesses. We're intentionally built to help you succeed. Our reach is expansive with a global team of 2,000 people working together. Our expertise is diverse with more than 450 investment professionals sharing global perspectives across all major asset classes and markets. Our clients have access to a broad array of investment strategies and we have the capability to create bespoke solutions matched to clients' specific requirements.

Columbia Threadneedle is a people business and we recognise that our success is due to our talented people, who bring diversity of thought, complementary skills and capabilities. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace that supports the diversity of our employees and reflects our broader communities and client-base. We welcome applications from returners to the industry.

We appreciate that work-life balance is an important factor for many when considering their next move so please discuss any flexible working requirements directly with your recruiter.

Job Purpose Statement

Where you'll fit in & what our team goals are...

Your role will be to provide financial accounting, management reporting, statutory reporting and an administration function for real estate funds. To help supervise up to three individuals, who are responsible for the accounting function, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of related tasks and to act in an advisory and supportive capacity. The role sits within the Real Estate and Infrastructure Operations Team.

Role Responsibilities

How you'll spend your time....
  • To deputise for the Client Accounting Manager and aid in the control and supervision of a team of Fund Accountants. This includes recruitment and training where required.
  • To help supervise up to three individuals with responsibility for management of up to two direct reports, including performance appraisals.
  • The review and sign off of NAV valuations on the Property Fund.
  • To review Net Asset Value computations for communication to investors and monthly Management Accounts, including the analysis and reconciliation of Balance Sheet and Income Statement General Ledger items.
  • The preparation of supporting documents/workings and liaison with internal and external auditors.
  • To review and sign off annual statutory financial statements.
  • To review and sign off MSCI data and Management Information, including Liquidity Forecasts.
  • To review quarterly VAT Returns, general ledger reconciliations, and submission to H M Revenue & Customs.
  • To review CGT and capital allowance computations.
  • To review the performance statistics with reconciliation to published industry benchmarks (MSCI), unit price movements and valuation movements.
  • To provide management information required for Board papers, ensuring timeliness and accuracy of data as per agreed timescales.
  • To administer and account for property purchases and sales including monitoring the VAT treatment of transactions, VAT options to tax, lawyer liaison, liaising with CTI treasury, and provision of Capital Allowance information.
  • Providing Fund updates to the Fund Manager, including adherence to investment restrictions.
  • Ensure continuous implementation and strict application of accounting standards and operational controls.
  • Act as a client relationship manager, including liaising with the client, the preparation of the bi-annual client relationship meeting pack and adherence to client restrictions.

Key Capabilities

To be successful in this role you will have...
  • Fully Qualified Accountant - CA, ACA, ACCA or CIMA
  • Management Accounting experience
  • Experience in managing and motivating direct reports
  • Self-starter, deadline driven and can work on own initiative
  • Solid financial accounting skills, including ability to analyse and interpret variances
  • Clear and concise communicator with experience of working with colleagues at all levels
  • Client Focus driven with proven experience
  • Advanced Excel skills

Desired Capabilities

If you also had this, it would be great...
  • Experience in a Financial Services environment
  • Fund Accounting/Real Asset Fund Accounting experience
  • Experience with Horizon not essential but beneficial. Other accounting system experience useful.

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