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Assistant VP - Financial Reporting

Chicago, Illinois

Post Date: 08/25/2017 Job ID: 1582 Job Category: Admin

This position will report to the Vice President of Financial Reporting.  The role includes leading external and internal reporting processes, maintaining accounting policies, and addressing accounting inquires for an industrial real estate platform spanning multiple investment portfolios and geographic markets.  This role requires coordinating and liaising with multiple levels of management and the external auditors, coordinating the flow of information, and the compilation and writing of GAAP/IFRS compliant financial statements.  This position also includes technical accounting and research in order to provide management with timely information for decision-making and analysis.  It will manage significant projects such as new policies, new types of transactions, impairment testing and training initiatives. 

This position will entail a significant amount of coordination between various corporate departments including Finance, Property Accounting, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Treasury, Legal, Lease Administration, and Tax, as well as a geographically dispersed team of field personnel.  Candidate is expected to possess strong communication skills along with the ability to work under tight deadlines and in a fast paced environment.  Analytical skills are a must along with a proficiency in synthesizing large quantities of data using Excel or similar tools. 

Job Responsibilities:
  • Coordinates and prepares monthly and quarterly internal and external financial information and reporting in accordance with US GAAP and IFRS.
  • Lead the annual impairment testing for Investments in Real Estate.
  • Monitor US GAAP and IFRS developments and evaluating the impacts of new accounting and reporting rules.
  • Evaluate the proper accounting treatment for complex or non-standard transactions and stay abreast of technical accounting issues pertaining to the real estate industry.
  • Develop and update accounting policies, as well as necessary internal communications on accounting policies and US GAAP updates.
  • Assist with accounting research efforts, including the development of position papers on accounting matters.
  • Provide guidance and support to corporate and operating company personnel on technical financial matters (e.g. purchase price accounting, accounting for leases, stock compensation, income taxes, impairment, environmental liabilities, acquisitions and dispositions)
  • Assist in special projects related to reporting issues, budgets, acquisition and disposition activity, accounting and reporting, as they become necessary.
  • Liaise with external auditors and coordinate annual audit.
  • Ad-hoc projects and analysis as assigned.
  • Communicates with various departments within organization as needed in regards to analysis and reporting.


Qualifications/Requirements:
  • Minimum of 8 years of total experience, with “ Big Four” or national accounting firm audit experience preferred, with strong US GAAP and IFRS accounting experience
  • Commercial real estate experience preferred
  • Fund/portfolio consolidating or REIT financial reporting experience in public accounting and/or industry
  • Strong project management experience
  • Very strong communication skills, both written and verbal (including public speaking skills)
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict management skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and achieve results, while maintaining high quality
  • Excellent analytical, teamwork, customer service and leadership skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Familiarity working with General Ledger accounting software (e.g. JD Edwards)
  • Entrepreneurial attitude
  • Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines and with competing priorities, as well as adapt quickly to changing circumstances
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Bachelors and/or Master’ s Degree in accounting or equivalent
  • CPA required

Julie Monti
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Julie brings nearly 20 years of experience to her role as Senior Recruiter for The Steely Group. Throughout her career, she has built lasting relationships and strong partnerships while helping companies build successful teams. Julie is known for her sharp wit, easy smile, sense of humor and genuine interest in people.
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