Who we are The Goldman Sachs Group is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York with offices in major financial centres around the world. We are committed to growing our distinctive Culture and upholding our core values which always place our client's interests first. These values are reflected in our Business Principles, which emphasise integrity, commitment to excellence, innovation and teamwork. Department overview The Financial Reporting department consists of 4 teams - Operating entities Controllers, Investment Accounting, Structured Investing Group Controllers, Goldman Sachs International Controllers and Regulatory Financial Reporting Controllers.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
Financial reporting - Investment Accountant (IA Controller) As an Investment Accounting Controller you will take complete ownership of the financial reporting and oversight of legal entities investing in a wide range of real estate assets, loans, debt and private equity investments. You will develop an in-depth understanding of these entities, including their investments, business strategies, and associated technical and management accounting requirements.
We're looking for a bright, driven professional to join our Investment Accounting team, who is keen to use and develop their technical accounting skills to provide high quality reporting and analysis of our investments in a challenging and varied environment.
Preparation, analysis, review and presentation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting to senior management, directors, and other key stakeholders under US GAAP
Preparation and analysis of financial statements, including resolving technical accounting issues and disclosure requirements, and liaising with external auditors
Review and control of monthly and annual local GAAP financial reporting prepared by our external accounting partners across Europe
Preparation and explanation of monthly P&L estimates to the trading Desk and coordination with Product Control
Manage the takedown of new investments and develop processes with external partners to ensure timely receipt of accurate accounting and management reporting information
Provide oversight of our external accounting partners to assure adherence with local obligations such as tax, regulatory and statutory audits
Take full ownership and become the subject matter expert for entire legal entities
Understanding the business and strategy of your entities, keeping up-to-date with business and market developments and communicating this effectively to key stakeholders
Coordination with multiple teams across the firm - and across the globe - including Realty Management Division, Merchant Banking Division, Legal, Compliance, Tax, Operations, Technology and Investment Accounting teams in Asia and US, in a collaborative and problem-solving capacity
Proactively seeking opportunities to improve our workflows, technology, and integrity of reporting information
Involvement in a broad range of department-wide projects and initiatives as well as cross-departmental initiatives
Skills and experience
Qualified accountant - ACA (Newly qualified to 2 years PQE experience)
Able to demonstrate technical accounting knowledge in your current area of expertise Preparation of audited financial statements under UK GAAP or IFRS an advantage
Experience in preparation of audited financial statements under US, UK GAAP or IFRS an advantage A track record of improving processes and adding value to clients/stakeholders
Strong analytical skill - You demonstrate an aptitude for problem solving with the ability to exercise sound and balanced judgment in a highly regulated environment
Functional expertise - Enjoy keeping up-to-date with emerging business, economic, and market trends
Strong technical accounting skills - You demonstrate strong technical skills, pay attention to detail, take initiative to broaden your knowledge and resolve accounting issues
Strong multi-cultural sensitivities - You enjoy interacting across countries and cultural areas. Proficiency in a European language (particularly Spanish, Italian, German or French) is highly desirable.
Personal drive and motivation - Successfully handle multiple tasks, take initiative to improve your own performance, work intensely towards challenging goals
A client and business focus - Effectively handle difficult requests, build trusting, long-term relationships with clients, help the client to identify/define needs and manages client/business expectations
Strong teamwork ethic - You are a strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills. You collaborate well with others within and across teams, encourage other team members to participate and contribute and acknowledges others' contributions
Excellent communication skills - Communicate what is relevant and important in a clear and concise manner and share information/new ideas with others
Judgement and problem solving - You will always be thinking ahead, able to anticipate questions, plan for contingencies, find alternative solutions and identifies clear objectives.
Creativity/Innovation and a desire to add value - Look for new ways to improve current processes and develop creative solutions that are grounded in reality and have practical value
The ability to influence outcomes - Present sound, persuasive rationale for ideas or opinions. Able to take a position on issues and influences others' opinions and presents persuasive recommendations both internally and to our external partners
ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS Goldman Sachs is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the principle of diversity. Goldman Sachs conducts background checks on individuals offered employment with the firm and employment with Goldman Sachs is conditional upon individuals successfully completing those checks. As part of the background check process, Goldman Sachs may need to obtain a record of disclosable criminal convictions from a government agency such as the Criminal Records Bureau. The firm has adopted policies on the recruitment of ex-offenders and on the retention, storage and disposal of criminal record information which are available on request.