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Accountant - Life Financial Control

Sydney, Australia
Closing date
Aug 4, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Challenger Limited is an ASX-listed investment management firm managing $105 billion in assets (as at 30 June 2023). Life with us is fast moving and always exciting. Together we're driving to deliver our vision to provide our customers with financial security for a better retirement.

We achieve this goal by providing a work environment where people from diverse backgrounds, with a range of skills and experiences can contribute and succeed.

Join us as an Accountant in our Life Financial Control Team

  • We work flexibly from our Sydney CBD Office where you can expect to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home.
  • You'll be joining a friendly and collaborative team, who are passionate about supporting each other and identifying opportunities for continuous improvement in everything they do.
  • Challenger Life is an interesting business with a complex balance sheet offering many opportunities to be involved in non-standard transactions in an environment that provides great exposure and breadth of experience in role.

About the team

Life Financial Control is a team of 14 working towards the common goal of delivering our statutory results. Team members share common tasks and work collaboratively, as well as owning unique tasks depending on the individual's role and experience.

About the role

As one of our Financial Accountants you'll be assisting in the management of the general ledger. You'll have your own portfolio of assigned entities/groups and will take the lead on the management of their books.

It will be your responsibility to deliver accurate and timely month end ledger close activities, and you'll have a meticulous level of attention to detail when ensuring transactions have been booked correctly in various systems - and if they haven't, investigate and resolve.

Other key responsibilities will include:
  • Monthly balance sheet reconciliations to source data and resolving reconciliation issues identified.
  • Prepare consolidation entries for assigned groups & handling consolidation issues that arise.
  • Run tax calculations where applicable and ensuring correct effective tax rate is achieved.
  • BAS and Tax Return submissions.
  • Prepare and post monthly recurring and ad-hoc journals.
  • Preparation of statutory accounts for assigned entities where applicable.
  • Assist with preparation of financial statements for CLC and explanatory notes.
  • Preparation of audit files and dealing with auditors with regards to audit queries
  • Ongoing review of procedures and processes to identify opportunities to improve efficiencies, facilitate process changes and ensure appropriate controls are enforced to manage risks.

The skills you'll need.

You'll be newly CA / CPA (or equivalent) qualified, or close to completion. With strong analytical and problem-solving skills, you'll have a track record of being able to break down problems, identify key issues and remedy with a range of different options.

You'll be a strong user of MS Office in particular Microsoft excel and be comfortable working with large amounts of data with the ability to synthesise into meaningful insights and analysis.

You'll also have
  • Background of working within financial services
  • Knowledge in Tax & GST Regulatory Requirements
  • Understanding of APRA and ASIC Regulatory Requirements
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, you'll be as comfortable working collaboratively as you are when working independently.
  • Good knowledge of financial instruments/products (e.g., derivatives, fixed income, equities) desired but not essential.

Additional Information

Working at Challenger means being part of a diverse, connected team that has fun and loves what they do. We're small enough, but big enough to accelerate bold ideas, realising what's possible for our customers and partners.

At Challenger, we provide access to a range of exclusive employee benefits that will support you both personally and professionally and a hybrid work environment. Visit our benefits page for more information

#LI-Challenger #LI-KM1 #LI-Hybrid

We value inclusion and diversity of thought, promote flexible working practices so our people can integrate their work and personal lives, and are proud to be a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.

We believe in bringing your authentic self and a belonging in our culture. We are prideful in participating in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) as a national benchmark on LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion and best practice in Australia. We offer the opportunity for a broad career experience and value people who are inquisitive and rigorous and are driven to make a difference.

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