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Senior Development Accountant (FTC, 9 Months)

R0099964 London Corporate Office London, United Kingdom

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Greystar is looking for dedicated and hard-working individuals who want to help us continue to be the best as what we do. Today, we are the largest rental housing operator and developer in the US and one of the largest global investment management companies, delivering industry-leading services to investors, clients, and residents. We offer unrivaled professional development and career growth opportunities to our team members and look forward to welcoming you to Greystar, where our people are what make us the Global Leader in Rental Housing.

Job Responsibilities

Greystar is a market leading, fully integrated real estate company offering expertise in investment, development, and property management of multifamily residential properties globally. The UK business is rapidly growing, providing exceptional student accommodation through our Chapter platform, as well as an expanding portfolio of Multifamily Private Rental properties.

Our employees are the key to the success of our business with exceptional service at the heart of everything we do. This level of service is a result of their expertise, a solid understanding of the markets they operate in and a passion to provide outstanding experiences.

Our aim is to further expand across the UK and Europe by hiring local talent and staying true to Greystar’s core values of integrity, respect, professionalism, accountability, service and teamwork.


Role Summary:

This role is primarily responsible for the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to monitor project job costs and provide the related internal and external reporting.

Key Role Responsibilities:

  • Business Partners Development Managers on a portfolio of Development projects, providing financial analysis of key decisions, review of actual costs versus budget and providing the financial perspective on the development where appropriate.
  • Compiles and analyses the financial information in preparation for entry into various financial statements and accounting reports, and makes appropriate journal entries for recording in the general ledger by checking calculations, reviewing basis for figures, and balancing and reconciling figures.
  • Reviews budget, invoices, and other accounting documents and researches and resolves discrepancies as necessary.
  • Maintains and reports on project budgets to include compilation of draw packages and necessary approvals, ensure accurate coding of invoices, charging of Development Management Fees, and submission of payment requests to third party administrators.
  • Reviews completeness and accuracy of investment accounting completed by 3rd party administrators.
  • Liaises with external partners and lenders, providing additional data and information as requested, and answering questions necessary to facilitate the funding process in a timely manner.
  • Provides cost to complete information for input into quarterly desktop valuation and annual 3rd party valuation.  Reviews valuation from a financial perspective.
  • Performs bank reconciliations, ensuring accuracy.
  • Prepares monthly financial reporting packages for distribution to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Reviews monthly/quarterly VAT returns on a portfolio of Development projects.
  • Works alongside the operational finance team to standardise processes and ensure a seamless transition from the development team to operations team when completed assets are transferred.
  • Reviews and abstracts development and lender agreements for projects assigned, understanding reporting requirements, deadlines and fee calculations.
  • Acts as the first point of contact with external auditors e.g. to explain journal entries and financial transactions, providing research data and information as requested, and answering questions necessary to complete the audit in a timely manner.
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Responds to questions regarding developments, provides support, and ensures timely completion of accounting processes for reporting.
  • Completes various financial, accounting, administrative, and other reports and analysis, and performs other duties as assigned or as necessary.

Organisational Responsibilities:

  • Follows established policies and procedures by monitoring and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, organisational standards, and operational processes related to area(s) of responsibility and reporting violations or infractions to appropriate individual(s).
  • Demonstrates appropriate safe behaviours in accordance with Company, property, and departmental policies, procedures, and standards by immediately reporting any mechanical or electrical equipment malfunctions, employee/visitor/resident injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to appropriate individual(s).
  • Identifies areas for improvement, offers suggestions to improve efficiency and productivity, and implements ideas that achieve operational excellence.
  • Keeps abreast of current changes in technology, processes, and standards within the industry and area(s) of responsibility by attending internal and external training classes.

Role Scope:

  • Responsible for maintaining the project budgets, accounting and reporting of a mixed portfolio of multifamily and student ground up developments primarily focused in the UK and Europe.

Key Relationships:

  • Finance Team
  • Development Team
  • Investment Team
  • Asset Management team
  • Portfolio Management team
  • Legal, Tax and Treasury
  • External auditors
  • Investors
  • Lenders

Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • Qualified Accountant ACA/ACCA (or equivalent)
  • Good level of general education with excellent written and numerical skills
  • Thorough understanding of accounting procedures and double entry book-keeping
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word and Powerpoint. 
  • Experience with Yardi (preferred)
  • Working knowledge of IFRS within the Real Estate sector
  • Working knowledge of fund structures desirable
  • Working knowledge of VAT
  • Understanding of job cost/project accounting

Experience & Skills: 


  • Experience working in a similar role within a fast paced business ideally with exposure to the Real Estate sector.
  • Strong team working and interpersonal skills
  • Strong communicator with the ability to interpret and explain complex financial data
  • Good attention to detail, methodical and takes pride in work
  • Positive “can do” attitude
  • Self-starter with an organised and proactive approach
  • Ability to meet multiple client deadlines and multi-task are essential, using initiative to prioritise


  • Experience in a Development/Construction accounting role.

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Success Profile

What makes a successful Greystar team member? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Professional
  • Risk-Taker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Strategic
  • Communicator



Health insurance (including company-paid opportunities) is offered, along with competitive dental and vision insurance plan options

Retirement Planning

Flexible Spending Accounts and Employer-matched 401(k) plans are offered

Paid Time Off

Full-time team members receive generous paid time off – including your birthday! – as well as paid sick leave, personal days, and company holidays

Paid Parental Leave

Maternal and paternal paid leave is available for the birth or adoption of a child

Professional Development

Ongoing support is available for career advancement opportunities in addition to corporate training programs

Employee Assistance

Experienced counselors are available 24/7 for confidential assistance to listen and help you find solutions at no cost to you

Note: Outlined benefits may vary by international region.

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