US GAAP Accounting Policy Expert

US GAAP Accounting Policy Expert

Location: Stamford

Description: Reporting to Regional Head of Group Technical Accounting, assisting in the delivery of technical guidance on FASB CECL and C&M standards (as well IFRS 9 counterparts) and related technical consultation supporting local implementation thereof for the US Holding Co. under the Federal Reserve Enhanced Prudential Standards and for local Branch reporting. Gain knowledge and experience in broadly applying IFRS and US GAAP accounting rules to transactions and products in the US region. Work closely with Finance colleagues and GTA team members to provide US GAAP analyses and implementation guidance on new CECL and classification & measurement financial instruments standards. Interact effectively with senior management and staff from across the different functions and business divisions. Interact effectively with regulators and support the Americas Regional Control team in responding to questions / issues related to the application of US GAAP and/or IFRS Provide updates for senior management on US GAAP/IFRS standards and changes Work effectively alongside diverse group of colleagues with different backgrounds and experience to resolve technical accounting issues. Work within virtual teams across Finance from the different functional areas to resolve technical accounting issues as they arise, bringing in expertise from other GTA team members as necessary. Provide training and development on US GAAP and IFRS to staff within the Americas region Contribute to the US GAAP / IFRS expertise of the regional control functions. Assist in evaluating US GAAP accounting risks associated with existing and proposed transactions and work with the GTA team and the appropriate control functions to address any issues which may arise. Develop and maintain US GAAP accounting policies for financial instruments, specifically CECL and classification and measurement, to address the full range of products, transactions and services relevant to the business of the US Holding Co and US branches. Assist in the analysis of new trade proposals and new business ideas across a broad array of investment banking, wealth management and asset management products / transaction to determine the appropriate US GAAP / IFRS accounting treatment. Assist in supporting industry / peer discussion groups relevant to accounting policy (IFRS and US GAAP).

Requirements: Undergraduate accounting degree Fully qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Only English required, German may be useful Primary responsibilities will be local. Incidental travel to Zurich / London. Experience with providing services to and/or working for a financial services (investment banking) organization, ideally providing transaction support / national office work out of the Big Four or in a Finance function such as Product Control, Financial Reporting, Accounting Policy would be beneficial.

Preferred Qualifications: Certified Public Accountant. 8-10 years overall experience. Big Four background preferred. Transaction advisory and/or standard-setting work (US GAAP and/or IFRS) preferred. Knowledge of banking and banking products gained at a blue chip financial services organization and/or through training with one of the Big Four accountancy firms. Proven experience in dealing with technical accounting issues and operating in a financial services environment. Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written. Must have ability to express opinions clearly, firmly but also sympathetically when required. Strong organizational skills including multi-tasking, prioritization and ability to maintain equilibrium under pressure. Sensitivity to UBS’s multi-cultural organization and sufficient adaptability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. Interest and ability to develop or refine additional complimentary skill sets in topics such as change management and valuation.

 

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212. 685. 4884

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Audit Senior

Senior Auditor – NYC CPA Firm 

The Firm seeks Senior Staff Accountants to perform external audit functions, primarily in the employee benefit plan and commercial sectors.  The candidates will work alongside staff, managers, and partners, and will be provided with mentorship and ongoing feedback to promote learning and growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Interface with client personnel to obtain records and information pertinent to the audit process.
  • Gain an understanding of client business operations, procedures, and needs.
  • Prepare and review audit workpapers.
  • Prepare and review client financial statements.
  • Organize and delegate work to less experienced staff.
  • Mentor less experienced staff.
  • Prioritize competing work demands, and manage time appropriately.
  • Maintain organized and neat work areas so that workpapers and files can be easily reviewed by others.
  • Keep colleagues, managers and partners informed of progress and the need to make adjustments to scheduled work.
  • Represent the Firm in a positive light by maintaining a professional demeanor, dress, and attitude at all times.
  • Follow established procedures, but suggest innovative, progressive ideas where appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • 4-7 years of audit experience, preferably in a small or midsized public accounting firm.
  • Experience auditing employee benefit plans and/or privately held commercial clients strongly preferred.
  • Experience in the preparation of Forms 5500 and 990 preferred.
  • Sarbanes Oxley experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • CPA license strongly preferred.
  • Flexibility to travel to client locations, primarily in the NYC tri-state area for NY-based positions and DC-area for Bethesda-based positions, and regular access to a car.  For Bethesda positions, up to 30% out of town travel is possible.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite required.  Preferred experience with Prosystems Engagement and Tax software.

Contact Stan Hamlet 212.685.4884

International Tax Senior

 NYC.  CPA Firm 

About the Position:

The ideal candidate will have 2-6 years of experience and will be responsible for preparing international tax compliance and consulting assignments, interacting with clients, and ensuring the completion of all transactions for clients in various industries.

Responsibilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of public accounting practices, law firm and corporate tax department of a multinational company
  • Identifies tax risk management issues and proposes potential solutions through research and collaboration with Engagement Partner
  • Provides technical advice and comprehensive solutions to clients’ based on research and studies
  • Advanced level knowledge in inbound and outbound acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations
  • Formulating effective and tax-efficient cross-border strategies for both US and overseas investments Managing their global structural tax rate
  • Previous experience with Offshore holding and operating structures; intellectual property restructuring
  • Assisted clients with Real Estate Investment and Tax Treaties
  • Thorough knowledge of assisting companies to understand and assess the tax impact of company business, operations and transactions in multiple jurisdictions
  • Advanced level tax transaction research skills
  • Monitors that tasks are assigned and completed on a timely basis and reviews workflow
  • Communicates with Manager and/or Partner on work status and client issues that arise
  • Conducts research, consults with team members, draws conclusions and prepares memos based on target issues
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable software (e.g. ProSystem Tax, Engagement, etc.)
  • Communicate effectively with clients and develop positive relationships with client personnel
  • Staying abreast of developments within the international arena that may affect their business, both globally and locally
  • Bachelors of Accounting required
  • CPA preferred
  • 2-6 years experience in a similar role
  • Prior experience managing engagements and clients
  • Stays current on technical and industry developments and standards while evaluating potential impacts on their client engagements
  • Formal mentoring relationships with all levels of staff
  • Advanced knowledge of a minimum of 1-2 industry areas which the firm services
  • Ability to work independently, but also work well with others

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212.685.4884

Associate (IT Auditor)

Associate (IT Auditor) – NYC (Visa Sponsorship Available) – Major Global Bank

The incumbent will be responsible for assisting to conduct Audit Data Analysis through on-site and off-site audit. S/He will also be responsible for conducting periodic data analysis for on-site and off-site audit projects and developing suitable models for data analysis.

We are looking for candidates who have min of Bachelor’s degree in business/statistics/computer science related fields. S/He should have minimum of 1 year of working experience.

Bilingual ability in Mandarin required.

 

Contact Lindsay Raider: 212.685.4884

Due Diligence Assistant Vice President

Due Diligence Assistant Vice President – NYC – Major Global Bank

The DD teams focus on i) commercial real estate and US Fortune 500 company credit /ii) M&A Financing analysis. The incumbents will analyze financial statements and accounting data to formulate and implement risk management techniques to control a variety of risk exposures, particularly in the areas of credit risk. Tasks include Credit Portfolio Analysis; measuring the contribution to risk for all loan portfolios, managing credit stress testing requirements, analyzing the risk of selected portfolios and recommending strategies to optimize risk-return characteristics, developing a policy exception tracking system and ensuring the quality and data integrity of quarterly and monthly portfolio reports.

We are looking for someone with 5-7 years of experience in CRE lending/syndication/M&A financing/short term finance in commercial/investment banks (with a main focus on CRE Lending). Direct experience in in due diligence and credit risk synopses and proposals is a must. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree or above (Master’s preferred) in a relevant field as well as an attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines. Skills in cash flow modeling/MS Office and Moody’s risk analytics/CFA/CPA is a plus. Bilingual abilities are preferred.

Contact Stan Hamlet 212.685.4884

Manager/Sr Manager of Tax Advisory

Manager and senior manager of tax advisory – manager 145-170k, senior manager/associate director – 190-235k – Global Investment Bank

THE ROLE – Sr. Manager (associate director), Tax Advisory – Americas

This role will be part of the Tax Advisory group in NY which offers diverse exposure to US federal and international tax issues working on new transactions and businesses across the Investment Group

  • Work closely with business units and other members of the Tax team globally
  • Work closely with the executives from the Business Units at both junior and senior levels
  • Work closely with Business Unit finance teams
  • Work closely with the Tax  Reporting and Finance teams

CLIENT CONTACT/ RELATIONSHIPS

  • Brief external tax advisors in order to obtain written advice and opinions
  • Part of a NY-based team that covers the Americas, ex-Canada
  • Regular exposure to other members of Group Tax globally.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Providing federal tax support in relation to transactions by or within the  Group involving the Americas Region.  This will include the following:
  • Supporting and working with senior members of the Tax Advisory Group on both business unit issues and transactions and central tax issues
  • Covering specific business units as Tax Advisory’s representative
  • Researching a broad range of substantive tax issues, including consolidated return rules, international tax (with a focus on inbound), subchapter C and addressing questions from the business and the Tax Reporting Team relating to substantive tax issues
  • Preparation of internal memoranda regarding tax analysis and tax positions
  •     Liaise with the business areas and Tax Reporting and Finance teams in relation to various transactions and central tax issues that arise on a day-to-day basis
  • Working with external advisors on transactions and obtaining local (non-US) tax advice related to the Americas (excluding Canada)
  • Communicate and liaise with other global tax members on new balance sheet transactions involving cross border dealings
  • Assist with responding to revenue authority queries where required in audit
  • Assist with decision support regarding tax attributes and tax capacity
  • Assist in the review and preparation of statements and notices
  • Review US tax returns in relation to technical positions taken
  • Review and negotiate the tax provisions in ordinary course business agreements (loan agreements, purchase agreements, GMRAs, ISDAs, etc.)

KEY SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Business Knowledge

  • Demonstrate broad commercial knowledge, which extends to the financial services industry
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong internal client relationships with business unit executives and external relationships with advisors
  • Ability to respond to internal and external tax questions in a timely and professional manner
  • Ability to form a technical view and make timely decisions, within the parameters set for the role, and discuss those views with senior members of the Tax Advisory Team
  • Demonstrate a commercial focus
  • Ability to explain complex concepts to non-tax business professionals and other stakeholders

Technical Specialist Skills

  • Federal income tax knowledge reflective of 5-7 years of experience
  • Quantitative and Excel spreadsheet skills
  • Superior research skills

Planning & Organizing

  • Well-organized and able to coordinate multiple assignments and successfully manage work plans
  • Actively take responsibility and ownership for corporate tax technical issues impacting the Group
  • Open communication of issues to his/her Manager and the Americas Head of Tax
  • Ability to support other Tax Division members globally when situations arise to ensure requirements and goals are met
  • Flexible approach to process change

QUALIFICATIONS & BACKGROUND

  • University degree.  Preference is for candidates with a law degree, but strong candidates with an accounting degree will also be considered (particularly if they have also completed a Masters of Tax).

 

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212.685.4884

Senior Technology Aligned Risk Manager – Associate Director

Senior Technology Aligned Risk Manager – Associate Director – up to 200k – Global Investment Bank

Summary: We are seeking a Senior Technology Risk Manager to help manage our technology risk management function for the Americas region. The role provides a great opportunity to work closely with the Technology Management teams, Business Operational Risk Management teams and interfaces across several technology teams in the bank. We are seeking someone who can help drive and embed our Operational Risk Framework, including Risk Mitigation & Control Improvement, as well as providing strategic risk leadership across our technology projects and teams

Description:

The Corporate Operations Group (COG) brings together specialist support services including workplace, human resources, market operations and technology. COG’s purpose is to drive operational excellence through business-aligned services with a focus on quality, cost and risk. COG comprises the following divisions: Business Improvement and Strategy, Business Services, Human Resources, Market Operations, and Technology.

About The Role

We are seeking a Senior Technology Risk Manager to help manage our technology risk management function for the Americas region.  The role provides a great opportunity to work closely with the Technology Management teams, Business Operational Risk Management teams and interfaces across several technology teams in the bank.  We are seeking someone who can help drive and embed our Operational Risk Framework, including Risk Mitigation & Control Improvement, as well as providing strategic risk leadership across our technology projects and teams.

Key responsibilities:

The Senior Technology Risk Manager is responsible for assisting management to discharge their IT risk management responsibilities and act as their representative on Technology risk matters, including the following:

  • Leadership of a technology risk function for the Americas
  • Ongoing Operational Risk Management as it relates to Technology:

o             Execution and monitoring of risk management practices, operational issues and control breakdowns

o             Collation, analysis and reporting of a variety of risk information on a routine and exception basis

o             Review and implement Group-wide and Divisional policies and procedures

o             Training and risk mindset initiatives

o             Collaboration with central Risk Management group (eg. Compliance) to enable good Risk Management

  • Key elements of the framework to support:

o             Facilitate Operational Risk Self Assessments (ORSA)

o             Assurance of the critical controls in Technology

o             Incident recording, reporting and analysis, action management, escalation

o             Conducting operational risk workshops and training

o             Liaising with internal and external audit

o             Regular meetings with stakeholders to discuss risk items

  • Reviewing new business approvals and proposals

About You

To be successful in this role as a Senior Technology Risk Manager you will be degree qualified and have previous Technology Risk Management experience. Ideally you would have worked in the financial services industry and are a proactive operator with an ability to work independently as well as part of a cohesive team of technology risk professionals.

In addition to this you will have:

Business Knowledge:

  • Bring proven leadership experience in technology operational risk management
  • Understand and be comfortable operating in a segregated support area
  • Able to problem solve and drive issues through to completion
  • Display a professional work approach, work independently, be highly visible and provide transparency of process to clients and the team

Leadership Skills:

  • Ability to exercise initiative and be able to follow through on issues with minimal supervision
  • Independence of mind and ability to escalate issues where appropriate

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and display initiative to lead discussions with operational staff at all levels, business leaders and risk management colleagues
  • Ability to make high level judgments and work closely with peers/ senior management
  • Ability to manage/ execute tasks within set timeframes

Technical Specialist Skills:

  • Detailed knowledge of control processes and best practice in IT controls
  • Excellent understanding of risk management frameworks and relevant certifications (CISA/CRISC)
  • Ability to write/ present clear and concise reports
  • Ability to identify and analyse risks and develop effective and efficient strategies to manage risks

Planning and Organising:

  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple and competing deadlines

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212.685.4884

IT Auditors (All Levels) Big 4 Public Accounting Firm

IT Auditors –

Senior associate (must be at least senior associate level to be considered)

Manager levels – (80-100k) 

Managers (110-140k) 

Leveraging industry and technical expertise to assist management to address more effectively risks associated with their business

Assisting management in the assessment of project risks and controls

Enhancing internal audit functions to further align to company strategy and risk

Reducing company costs through strategic internal audit outsourcing and co-sourcing solutions

Increasing value and reducing costs of compliance-related activities

Identifying opportunities for companies to effectively mitigate risk and improve business performance

Applying the concepts of Enterprise Risk Management to help companies identify, assess, mitigate and proactively consider emerging risks

The Specialty Area Of Process Assurance Provides Services Related To Controls Around The Financial Reporting, Compliance And Operational Processes, Including Business Process And IT Management Controls. Our Team Members Provide Multiple Services Including

Controls design, optimization and assurance services over finance, compliance and operational processes

Controls design and optimization services associated with system implementations and upgrades

Technical IT controls reviews, including database, operating system, data warehouse and reporting tools

Third party assurance and other opinion services

IT risk and control audit readiness services in support of regulatory compliance audits

Audit support services (application and IT general controls) for external audit engagements, including engagements under SoX requirements

Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Accounting,  Finance/Economics, Management  Information Systems,  Computer Science, Business, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and/or a business field of study.

Certification(s) Required:  CISA

Demonstrates Extensive Knowledge Of Providing Services Related To Controls Around The Financial Reporting, Compliance And Operational Processes, Including Business Process And IT Management Controls, Which Includes a Proven Record Of Success With Managing The Following

Financial reporting and information technology risks, processes and controls;

Current and emerging technologies which may include: Oracle, SAP, Oracle Database, web development tools, virtualization, UNIX, Linux, and security technologies;

Core risks, processes and internal controls related to non-financial reporting, both manual and IT;

Risks, processes and controls related to financial reporting, both manual and IT, in a specific industry sector;

COSO Framework, CoBIT, ITIL and/or other leading business and IT control frameworks;

Relevant subject matter expertise to support the development of thought leadership;

Key internal operational processes of a professional services firm, e.g., engagement economics, billing and collection, performance appraisals, time reporting, personal independence and compliance requirement.

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212.685.4884

Senior Integrated auditor –Global Entertainment Company

Senior Integrated auditor – 80-100k –  Global Entertainment Company

The Corporate Audit Department examines and assesses business activities as a service to the Corporation’s management, Board of Directors and Audit Committee.  It provides an independent assessment of risk and the effectiveness of internal operating and financial controls.

Skills and Experience Required

Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to understand complex business processes, have a history of identifying and quantifying business risks and adding value to an organization.  Strong analytical and organizational skills (including the ability to multitask effectively in a dynamic environment) are required, as well as having the confidence to interact and communicate with senior management at all levels.  Effective verbal and written communication skills are a must.

A CIA, CPA or equivalent qualification is expected together with at least 4 to 5 years relevant experience in either public accounting or industry. Audit, accounting and SOX 404 technical experience is required and exposure to data analytics and system programs (e.g. ACL, etc.) is highly valued.  Travel, including international, can be expected approximately 40% of the time.

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212.685.4884

Director of Internal Audit (Westchester)

Director of internal Audit – 155-170k plus 20% bonus – Fortune 500 Consumer Products Company  – Westchester

This high-visibility position leads the planning and execution of risk-based audits and the communication of audit results to senior management. The Director is the primary contact with management throughout the audit engagement. The Director will also work closely with the Sr. Director and other Directors to assess process and strategic risks across all North American-based businesses and Corporate Functions and verify that these risks are addressed in the audit plan.

The Director will have four direct reports, but because of the matrix organization structure will manage up to 16 individuals throughout the year.

Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

Meet with cross-functional business leadership team (e.g., Sales, Operations, Finance, Treasury, Global Procurement and/or HR) during engagement planning to gain understanding of business processes, risks and challenges of the function to be audited.

Present proposed audit scope and approach to SVP Corporate Audit.

Facilitate workshops with business to understand process flows for in-scope processes, identifying key financial, IT, operational and compliance risks and assess the adequacy of controls in place to mitigate risk.

Identify the key controls to test and monitoring activities to assess during the audit. Review the results of testwork, providing timely coaching to audit team members.

Conduct weekly status update meetings with management. For any opportunities identified, communicate the issue, root cause and financial statements or profitability impact. Partner with management to develop cost-effective remediation plans.

Identify best practices during audit engagements and share them across business units and locations.

Support Sr. Directors with the development of Corporate Audit strategic plan and other key department initiatives.

Coordinate recruiting and onboarding of new hires into the audit group, which serves as a talent pipeline for the PepsiCo finance and controls organizations.

Manage the travel & expense and consulting forecast for audit engagements, providing explanations for variances to plan.

Qualifications:

10+ years of accounting/control or finance experience.

Bachelor’s Degree (Finance or Accounting preferred)

Previous Big 4 Public Accounting experience and/or CPA strongly preferred.

Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) preferred.

Prior consumer products goods (CPG) experienced preferred.

Ability to influence at all levels of the organization.

Ability to work in matrix organization; handle competing priorities.

Strong interpersonal skills and proven. collaboration/teamwork experience.

Must be willing and able to travel approximately 40% – 65% of the time.

This position is located in Purchase, NY (White Plains, NY).

Contact A Stan Hamlet Associate: 212.685.4884