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Financial Controller (Maternity Leave Cover)

London, United Kingdom ;
The UK and Netherlands Financial Controller sits in the Investment Finance team and is responsible for external investor, lender reporting, statutory reporting for a number of entities, capital and distribution management, investment accounting, asset/portfolio acquisitions and disposals, and business partnering for our large and growing UK and Netherlands student and multifamily portfolios.

The role includes the management of a team of Investment Accountants to support the completion of the responsibilities detailed below. 


Key Role Responsibilities:

  • Investor and lender reporting of portfolios, including monitoring and documenting reporting requirements, timely external quarterly debt compliance and investor reporting, and timely internal monthly performance reporting.
  • Ownership / review of capital and return management of the portfolios for new and existing investors, including review of investor capital call and distribution statements, review of inter-group distributions and oversight of capital requirements through the structure.
  • Ownership of asset/portfolio acquisition and disposals, covering management of relationship with external advisors, engagement with deal teams, review and input on SPAs, input of purchase price mechanisms, review of acquisition accounting.
  • Business partnering with internal teams, including asset management, investment, portfolio management.
  • Leads the annual audit process with external preparers of financial statements, including owning the relationship with local auditor teams, and input / review of the consolidated financial statements that are prepared by external provider.
  • Management of relationships with outsourced investment accounting providers (where applicable), and engagement with corporate administrators.
  • Final review of the annual planning and budgeting process ensuring compliance with proforma models, partnering with Operational Team, Investment Team vision, and investor requirements.
  • Technical and process accounting memos for corporate transactions and new reporting standards.
  • Reviewing and inputting into new portfolio and facility agreements.
  • Manages ad-hoc requests from investors and stakeholders.
  • Partnering with Centralised Asset Accounting team for timely preparation of operating and property entity management accounts.
  • Assistance with management of the portfolios’ tax, legal, portfolio, allocation, conflicts, regulatory, filing, and safeguards deadlines.
  • Assistance with the investment property valuation process.
  • Completes various financial, accounting, narrative, administrative and other reports and analysis and duties as assigned or necessary for the successful execution of the business plans.

Role Scope:

  • Line management of a team of 4 qualified accountants, development and coaching of professional report.
  • The role is based in the London Office in with occasional travel to other Greystar locations, including the Netherlands.

Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA/CIMA/ACCA) with several years post-qualified experience.
  • Demonstrable understanding of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Previous experience with financial accounting and property management software (Yardi experience is a benefit).
  • Thorough understanding of UK Companies and off-shore SPV structures.
  • Working knowledge of UK and off-shore tax compliance.
  • Experience in IFRS and UK GAAP and Dutch GAAP
  • Debt compliance and investor reporting experience.
  • Experience of engaging and collaborating with multiple stakeholders across the business.
  • Experience in acquisition accounting, including financial due diligence.

Behaviours & Values:

  • Integrity - We will stay true to the highest ethical standards and principles, and be honest, trustworthy, and humble in all of our words and actions.
  • Equality - We celebrate individual differences, encourage diversity of thought, provide equality of opportunity, and cultivate an environment where all individuals are seen, treated, and valued equally.
  • Accountability - We will take responsibility and accept ownership for our words, actions, tasks, and results, and respectfully hold others to the same standard.
  • Professionalism - We will proudly present a positive, dignified, and business-like image at all times through our appearance, behaviour, and interactions with others.
  • Teamwork - We will work together to accomplish goals, solve problems, and enrich our work environment.
  • Service - We will make service our top priority by giving our time, knowledge, and experience to serve the needs of our customers, community, and team members.

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