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Client Accountant

Employer
Stonehage Fleming
Location
Neuenburg, Switzerland
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

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Job Function
Accounting/Audit/Tax
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Description
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

This position reports to the Head of Client Accounting, Switzerland. This role is based in Neuchâtel and involves close and regular interaction with all members of the Family Office team, the Group Operations teams, Accounting and Investment Support Team, Directors/Managers of Family Office and various internal/external business contacts.

OVERALL PURPOSE

As Client Accountant, you will be preparing financial information and reports under the supervision of the Head
of Client Accounting and the Director/Managers of Group Operations.

Key Responsibilities
PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
  • Completing the financial recording of transactions within wealth management structures, including companies, trusts and assets held in person
  • Ensuring transactions are recorded following the minutes and agreements signed by Trustees/Directors
  • The preparation of financial reports including financial statements, investment reporting, management reporting, tax reporting and other financial analyses within strict deadlines
  • Ensuring that all accounting ledgers are up to date by reconciling investment, bank and loan accounts
  • Arranging payments with straight through processing of accounting treatment as well as the following up on the execution of the transaction
  • Reviewing the automated entries on our core bank accounts and ensuring the accounting is correct and clearing any rejected entries on a weekly basis.
  • To assist in the setting up of internal processes, standards and workflows
  • Work with the accountants in the team to ensure that the internal processes and standards are followed
  • Administration (follow up, filing, etc. as appropriate)
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
  • Diplôme de l'Ecole de Commerce, CFC d'employé de commerce or equivalent - HEG/Bachelor an advantage
  • English at business level (min. B2)
  • Min. 3 years' experience in a financial environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of multi-currency accounting
  • Knowledge and understanding of investment and treasury products
  • General accounting knowledge, including accruals and year-end process
  • A sharp analytical mind, good numeracy skills and a strong commercial awareness
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, Outlook and modern financial accounting packages)
COMPETENCIES AND BEHAVIOURS
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage priorities efficiently in a demanding environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a high level of motivation and flexibility
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability and maturity to deal effectively with all levels of staff and management within the Group, third party service providers such as asset managers and tax consultants, and with high powered (often demanding) private clients
  • A strong client care / service orientation
  • Deals responsibly with confidential information
  • Displays a high level of professional integrity
  • Accounting knowledge including IFRS and IFRS for SMEs, FRS 102, investment accounting, asset valuation, understanding and interpreting financial statements would be an advantage.

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