New Forests (www.newforests.com.au) seeks a qualified candidate for the newly created position of Fund Accountant. As part of our Finance team, you will be primarily responsible for managing all fund related accounting and assisting with client reporting. This is a hands-on role, ideal for a professional looking for an exciting challenge.
New Forests is an investment management business offering leading edge strategies in forestry, land management, and conservation. Our business mission is to manage sustainable landscapes for production and conservation and to generate shared value for our clients and the communities where we operate. Founded in 2005, we offer institutional investors dedicated investment strategies in the United States, AustraliaNew Zealand, and Southeast Asia and have over AUD 5.6 billion in assets under management. We manage sustainable timber plantations, natural forests, forest carbon projects, rural land, and processing infrastructure. New Forests is headquartered in Sydney with offices in San Francisco, Singapore, New Zealand and Melbourne.
Reporting to Associate Director, Finance. In this role you will be responsible for:
Monthly, quarterly and annual fund reporting for the ANZ and Asian businesses
Annual financial statement preparation and management of the audit process
Managing all month-end processes, treasury and tax for various fund entities
Assisting with performance and return data reporting (quarterly and annually for alternative assets)
Managing relationships and reporting to external investors
Completing ad-hoc financial analysis for both internal and external clients
Liaising with our Investor Services team to complete client reports
Assisting the associate Director, Finance, with financial analysis and special projects
Evaluating, improving and streamlining reporting processes.
We are seeking candidates with the following experience and qualifications:
Undergraduate and/ or postgraduate degree in Accounting/Business or Finance
Newly qualified CA or CPA (ideally first mover out of public practice)
2-5 years accounting or audit experience. Private equity or alternative assets experience, preferred.
An understanding of trust distributions and taxation
Thorough understanding of Australian Accounting Standards, with the confidence to move to general purpose Tier 2 financial reporting from special purpose, in FY21
Exposure to institutional clients
Demonstration of process improvement/re-engineering experience to improve efficiency and effectiveness
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Superior attention to detail
A team player, with strong stakeholder management skills
Self-motivated with the ability to work independently, whilst thriving in a team environment, working towards a common goal
Excellent Excel skills
Interest in/knowledge of sustainability and impact investing, well regarded.
What can we offer
Our environment is busy and supportive, and the team is professional but relaxed. If you join us, you would be joining a growing, fast paced business which is an environmental and sustainable leader in forestry investment. You will also be working with professionals who are passionate about their work!