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Financial Accountant - EMEA

London , United Kingdom

Ref#: 9677248260

Date published: 19-May-2020

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Salary – competitive
Opening date - 19 May 2020
End Date - 19 June 2020

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious accountant to gain experience in a dynamic multi-currency Global business. The role is responsible for all Group reporting requirements and controls on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis for the EMEA Advisory segment, ensuring company accounting policies, US GAAP and SOX requirements are being met. The role will also support implementation of projects and initiatives across the group in areas such as close cycle improvements.

Key contacts for the EMEA Financial Accountant are the EMEA Group Reporting Manager, EMEA Controller, senior finance staff (FD/FC) in each country, the Global Finance team and cross-functional teams such as tax, treasury and legal. 

Key Responsibilities

•Assist countries with monthly actual submissions in Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) and monitor regional submissions, and ensure reconciliation control between local ERP to HFM is working effectively.
•Conduct Corporate analytical monthly reviews (P&L and Balance Sheet) for EMEA Advisory entities and communicate this effectively to the EMEA Controller, the regional CFO and Global Controllership.
•Leads EMEA below EBITDA analysis and review.
•Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting requirements and SOX activities to the Global Controllership team under US GAAP.
•Queries and issue resolution in relation to month end close or accounting and policy compliance.
•Ensure compliance with accounting policies, controls and procedures across EMEA Advisory by carrying out the required central monitoring and review activities to gain comfort over the EMEA Advisory numbers and control environment, such as Balance Sheet reconciliation reviews.
•Ensure intercompany variances are minimal each month, and where issues occur, understand the root cause, disputes, document it and assist with the issue resolution.
•Understand the accounting judgements and estimates being used and ensure these are appropriate and in line with company accounting policies under US GAAP, working together with the Technical accounting team. 
•Support the EMEA country and business unit finance functions on technical and reporting matters as they arise.
•Support the drive to review & standardise where appropriate, key accounting policies, ensuring effective deployment & monitoring.
•Identify close cycle improvement opportunities, including process standardisation, and assist in the implementation of these improvements.
•Support system rollouts and initiatives across EMEA in an effort to improve our close cycle and reporting capabilities.
•Ad hoc analysis as required.
•Liaise with tax team to ensure tax postings and tax balances are accurate.
•Liaise with other functional teams, such as legal and treasury, to ensure all transactions are accounted for correctly and any issues are known and escalated appropriately.
•Support internal and external audit requests.  
•Support the EMEA local financial statement process and compliance as required.

Person Specification/Requirements

•At least 2 years post qualified experienced accountant. 
•US GAAP and SOX experience required.
•Experience working in the real estate industry in a large global organisation, specifically experience in an EMEA regional team. 
•Experience in using ERP and consolidation systems – Peoplesoft and Hyperion are a must.
•Experience in a regional EMEA month end close process, including tracking, monitoring and reporting the Balance Sheet to a Global team. 
•Experience in balance sheet and below EBITDA analysis on a monthly basis for an EMEA region.
•Experience in implementing and working on process improvements.
•Experience in balance sheet reconciliation reviews.
•Experience in monthly and quarterly SOX control procedures. 
•Experience in monitoring intercompany variances and assisting with issue resolution. 
•Experience and understanding the impact of FX transactions.
•Accurate and exceptional attention to detail. Methodical in approach.
•Strong written and verbal communication skills to liaise with a range of stakeholders and accurately explain and report activity – specifically in with country finance teams within the EMEA region. 
•Strong organisational skills, with the ability to multi-task and effectively manage and prioritise critical deadlines.
•Ability to interpret accounting policies and standards and effectively communicate this to key stakeholders. 
•Experience in ensuring compliance with accounting policies. 
•Ability to analyse financial information and resolve ambiguous transactions for correct coding.
•Experienced in group accounting from either an audit or an accounting perspective.
•Able to make sound decisions when needed and take responsibility for outcomes.
•Proactive and able to work autonomously and pitch in with other teams when required.
•Ability to provide timely and accurate financial information.
•Self-motivated with strong work ethic.