Financial Accountant (Fund Accountant) – Real Estate Debt Funds -London

Ref: (Ref: D21D268 )
Salary: £ 50,000 - 60,000 + Benefits
Specialist Area: Fund Accountant
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

OUR CLIENT is a renowned, established real estate investment management business with a growing £multi-billion AUM Real Estate portfolio under management. They operate worldwide within public and private investments and have instructed us to help them hire a qualified Financial Accountant for their Debt Funds team to take responsibility for all aspects of financial and management reporting for a growing portfolio of Private Debt investments and provide operational support to the Fixed Income and Asset Based Lending investment teams.

THE ROLE: You will use judgement and experience in dealing with a broad range of issues and ensure that all accounting and reporting is completed accurately and within deadlines – The role is diverse and has variety with a lot of investment team contact and liaison . The main responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and reviewing all aspects of the work of external administrators and Luxembourg based funds daily.
  • Monitoring progress on key deliverables and assess this progress against KPI’s.
  • Communicating regularly with the front office investment teams on finance and operational matters in relation to the funds under management.
  • Working with the administrator and checking all financial and management reporting for the Private Debt strategies including monthly and quarterly NAVs, management accounts, performance analysis and investor reports.
  • Coordinating the annual audit process for the entities including liaising with auditors, ensuring that timetables are adhered to, and that all work produced is accurate.
  • Providing information and explanations to external and internal auditors.
  • Managing all reporting timelines including filing deadlines for the debt funds and all companies in the structure, ensuring awareness of the status of all these at all times and that all deadlines are met.
  • Checking and coordinating drawdowns and distributions from/ to the investors.
  • Complying with the company’s policies and procedures and complete monthly and quarterly reviews and related checklists.
  • Working closely with the Client Relations team and assisting with investor queries, RFPs, due diligence and ad-hoc requests.
  • Adhering to the FCA’s Conduct Rules, understanding that they set basic standards of good personal conduct.

THE PERSON: To apply for the role, you must be a qualified Accountant ACA (ACCA also considered) with solid financial accounting and ideally with prior exposure to debt, real estate or other alternative investments / funds. You MUST be a confident Excel user and be able to manipulate and analyse financial information. You are expected to be able to show strong communication skills as you will have a lot of exposure to the investment team - and demonstrate co-ordination and management of relevant stakeholders internal and external to the business and understanding of key legal and company secretarial elements of the investment process. Also, you should have strong accounting acumen and be an effective and diplomatic communicator and problem solver. If you are able to fulfil the above duties and, in addition are accurate, methodical and self-disciplined and manage competing priorities, then this is an exciting opportunity to join a well established business, where you can learn a lot and have a diverse and interesting workflow

Hybrid working is offered - 2/3 days in.