Financial Controller

Location GREATER LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Asset Management

Job Purpose

AXA IM Real Assets is seeking a Financial Controller to join their London based Financial Management and Controlling Team. The Financial Controller will be primarily responsible for assisting in the management of the revenue streams, accounting, tax, service charge, treasury, reporting and governance aspects of various real estate investment structures in the UK and, potentially, overseas.

The successful candidate would coordinate the production of Investor and regulatory reporting and support the monitoring of investment performance, working closely with Fund Management, Asset Management and Development Teams.

The role will involve liaising with parties both within and outside the organisation and requires an individual who has strong communication and presentation skills.

The successful candidate will be required to adapt as the FMCG function evolves and to assist in the role-out of an ongoing systems/controls/processes upgrade (project “SHIFT”).

Key Accountabilities

  • Liaison with directors and CoSec to provide good governance to corporate structures.
  • Adoption of new working practices involving implementation of SHIFT protocols for interaction with third party service providers (Corporate Manager, Company Secretary, Property Manager, Tax Advisor etc.).
  • Implementation of investment acquisition and disposal strategies following tax and structuring guidelines.  Assisting with the establishment of external debt financing as required.
  • Monitor and control the preparation of management accounts, statutory accounts and tax compliance and ensure good governance and timely reporting.
  • Oversee an annual corporate budgeting process and maintain Fund Models to report actual and forecast performance. 
  • Monitor working capital requirements to ensure investments are properly funded.  Apply appropriate cash repatriation mechanisms to meet Investor requirements.
  • Debt monitoring and covenant reporting to ensure compliance with external financing, where appropriate.
  • Oversee delivery of property service charges, contributing to the control process to ensure adherence to budgets and timely delivery. 
  • Providing covenant checks on prospective tenants and service providers.
  • Monitor and control tenant arrears collection in conjunction with Asset Management.
  • Debt monitoring and covenant reporting to ensure compliance with external financing, where appropriate.

Role Requirements

Education / Qualifications and Experience

  • AAT or part qualified ACA, ACCA or equivalent, OR
  • A strong knowledge of, and proven track record in, the real assets investment sector.
  • Experience of working closely with auditors.
  • Experience of debt financing.
  • Experience of UK Tax and ability to address overseas tax matters
  • Experience in real estate asset management.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced computer skills.  Experience of Yardi and Anaplan highly desirable.
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