Accounting Quality and Control Specialist - VP

Permanent contract|Jersey City|Audit / Control / Quality

Accounting Quality and Control Specialist - VP

Jersey City, United States Permanent contract Audit / Control / Quality

Responsibilities

Tasks related to the accounting supervision and control framework

  • Supervision of the account certification process for entities within the Americas perimeter
  • Assessing the Accounting, Finance and Operations internal control environment (to the extent that it generates accounting risk)
  • Designing, planning, and executing process changes in response to auditor recommendations
  • Communicating with multiple teams within the bank on the overall and specific risk assessment of their activities.
  • Performing quality analysis related to the accounting processes
  • Monthly/quarterly production of Key Performance Indicators/Key Risk Indicators on the certification, identifying internal control issues and estimating financial risk.
  • Contributing to the improvement and evolution of the account ownership and certification process
  • Being a subject matter expert in topics of internal control and risk management
  • Having a control mindset and a risk-based approach: be able to identify, assess and report risk

Monitoring of the monthly accounting closing process

  • Oversee the monthly and quarterly close process for all Americas entities, including the Branch and Broker Dealer
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders across the organization
  • Identification and escalation of risk areas and collaboration with production teams for resolution
  • Check treatment and documentation of main accounting anomalies linked to the closing
  • Create presentations for key meetings and committees in the closing process

Tasks related to permanent control oversight

  • Identify, review, assess and document risk and control issues
  • Implementation of new controls to be compliant with new regulations and/or internal policies
  • Monthly reporting on key financial and operational risks, associated action plans and results of the accounting permanent controls
  • Guide other areas of the bank in implementation of recommendations from Second and Third Lines of Defense, as it relates to the control framework
  • Provide guidance on the design of level 1 controls, as well as training on best practices on the Level 1 control framework
  • Support strategy-based project initiatives of senior management

Profile required

Technical Skills:      

  • Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Word

Desired / Plus:

  • Knowledge of Power BI, Alteryx
  • Knowledge of accounting schemes and treatment of financial products, and their impact on financial statements.

Competencies:

  • Solid understanding of audit techniques (risk approach, substantive testing, high view analysis…)
  • Basic knowledge of US GAAP and IFRS accounting policies and regulations.  Knowledge of French GAAP is a plus.
  • Strong analytical, decision making, and problem-solving skills
  • Data analytics, data mining and experience in using visualization tools to build presentations from large data sets
  • Highly organized self-starter, with strong project management skills, ready to bring fresh ideas
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing several tasks, with great attention to detail
  • Advanced written/verbal communication skills, as well as presentation skills
  • Leadership, teamwork and client service skills

Experience Needed:

  • 8+ years of experience working in the accounting, banking, or financial services field

Educational Requirements:

  • Undergraduate/Graduate degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Chartered Accountant, CPA, or CMA is a plus.

Languages:

  • French is a plus

Business insight

The Finance Department of Global Banking and Investor Solutions (GBIS), is a global organization with local presence, providing the same set of services through global and efficient processes and consistent norms, leveraging on production hubs.  Our Core Missions are: Quality and timeliness of GBIS financial statements; assisting GBIS management and all Business Lines in their steering with actionable reports on financial performance and forecasts; independent certification of all financial aggregates of the daily P&L explanation on Market Activities; financial communication and constant benchmarking; providing expertise on accounting, prudential and tax norms and ensuring the compliance of these norms.

The Financial Control and Accounting Quality Oversight team (“PAQ”) in Canada and US is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the accounting and financial control framework, which aims at ensuring the quality and accuracy of SOCIETE GENERALE’s financial statements. The team is in charge of implementation and management of the Level 1 control framework for First Line of Defense.

PAQ in Americas reports to the Deputy CFO/Head of Accounting in the US, as well as, functional reporting to the global head of PAQ department in Paris.

The scope of the PAQ department in Americas is to supervise and control the accounting production and supervision of US GAAP, French GAAP and IFRS financial statement reporting for the Branch, the Broker Dealer and other subsidiaries that are based in the Americas (US, Brazil, and Canada).

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 22000O39
Entity: SG AMERICAS OPERATIONAL SECURITIES
Starting date: 2022/10/03
Publication date: 2022/09/15
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