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Head of Finance - Global Real Estate Investment Manager - Up to £130,000 - £140,000 + Bonus + Benefi

LH Partners
London, United Kingdom
Up to £130,000 - £140,000 + Bonus + Benefits
Closing date
Aug 4, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Senior management would like there to be a close working relationship between Finance and the Investment division (and to help support senior management decision-making as well), so the role will also have a strong commercial and analytical focus. Note: The firm operates with a hybrid working model of 4 days in the office and 1 day from home.

Profile Criteria:
  1. Fully-Qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) with a min. of 7 years' PQE (or more) within a Fund Finance function. My client is ideally looking for an experienced Financial Controller, Fund Controller, Senior Financial Controller or Senior Fund Controller who is looking to make the next step up in terms of progression and development, rather than an established Head of Finance, FD or CFO for this role.
  2. Man-management experience with the personality and ability to create a positive team environment while building effective relationships with stakeholders and senior management.
  3. Ideally coming from a boutique / small or medium-sized fund and / or Finance function. The Head of Finance should be comfortable working in a hands-on nature to lead the team by example and help out the overall team with various tasks
  4. Ideally coming from a real estate investment background (but also open to those from a private equity environment)
  5. Nice to have but not essential: financial modelling experience as senior management feel that this skill would be useful for the Head of Finance when supporting the CEO and Head of Investment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Oversight of investor reporting, presentations and Fund analysis. This includes writing the performance reports each quarter for the Investment team and involvement in the preparation of the quarterly Fund NAV reports.
  • Oversight and management of statutory, tax and regulatory reporting requirements across the Finance team, including leading the Fund Finance team on audit and oversight of external firms preparing financial statements at both SPV and Fund level (LP/associated feeders/unit trusts).
  • Liaise with investors and executives on specific fund administration, accounting and performance matters.
  • Maintenance and calculation of complex LP capital allocation balances monthly and calculation of any equalisation payments.
  • Ongoing cashflow monitoring and management, including co-ordination and review of payment runs, liaising with internal accounts payable team and service providers as necessary.
  • Assist the CEO, COO and Head of Investment with Internal reporting of performance metrics and input of financial elements into internal QARs, Board packs, JV partner reports and reporting associated with the regulated head office parent.
  • Assist with enhancing processes by leveraging various technologies to enable more accurate and efficient reporting.
  • Maintenance of internal databases of companies and assets under management, equity and debt.
  • Providing reporting and assistance to the Investment teams (Equity and Debt), and where required, the Operating Partner network of asset management and development teams, including provision of actuals against budgets, debt/equity stats, tenant/constructor covenant analysis.
  • Preparation of capitalisation and revenue accounting policies to enable more timely and accurate recording of stock/property valuation adjustments.
  • Responsible for the oversight of all tax reporting for all entities.
  • Responsible for internal Finance controls and processes.
  • Supporting the Investment teams in the deal process, including review and co-ordination of any financial due diligence and arranging equity calls and cash movements.

Candidate Experience/Skills/Knowledge Required:
  • A qualified accounting qualification (ACA or ACCA preferred).
  • At least 7 years' PQE experience (or more) of working in a Fund Finance function, ideally within the real estate/real assets sector.
  • In-depth knowledge of financial accounting principles, regulations, and standards (e.g., IFRS, GAAP).
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex financial data and generate meaningful insights.
  • Proficient in financial planning, budgeting, debt refinancing, cashflow and forecasting processes.
  • Experience in managing internal controls, risk assessment, and compliance activities.

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