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Sr. Manager, Consolidated Financial Reporting (IFRS)

Director - Consolidated Financial Reporting
The Director - Consolidated Financial Reporting is a senior role in the US Finance Department, responsible for directing the quarterly consolidation of URW's financial results in the United States.
Following the recent acquisition of Westfield by Unibail Redamco we are expanding the US consolidation and group report teams.
Reporting into the Vice President - Financial Reporting, this position will work closely with URW's US and European (Paris based) finance and accounting teams to ensure timely, accurate and complete reporting of financial information including the preparation of quarterly and annual consolidation packages, technical accounting leadership (focus on IFRS) and liaison with auditors. Your strong communication and leadership skills will be utilized to provide practical and technical accounting guidance to help ensure all company's controlling and financial accounting functions comply with accounting standards and that accounting processes in critical areas are properly and adequately supported and documented.
Responsibilities:
Quarterly/Year-end Consolidation of Actuals
Lead URW's US consolidation process and effectively manage tight deadlines
Analyze consolidated and divisional financial results, including financial results, balance sheet fluctuations and cash flow
Responsible for timely submission of URW US's IFRS financial reporting packages to URW Paris, including correspondence at the highest level regarding results and accounting policies and procedures
Assist URW Group Consolidation with activities similar to SEC filings for European reporting requirements.
Plan and provide oversight of all external financial audits related to half yearly submissions; manage all internal deliverables and communications with external audit firms.
Work closely with the tax compliance and planning teams to enable full tax reconciliation, establishment of deferred tax positions and accounting implementation of the corporate structure
Articulate results and reporting matters to the US CFO and Senior Management Team, as well as members of URW's financial leadership teams in Europe
Consolidation System Development and Management
Evaluate and lead integration efforts between regional consolidation systems (US and Europe); including implementing the BFC Consolidation software in the US
Manage system administration, including evaluating changes to accounts and business unit hierarchy
Maintain system integrity and oversee the control environment
Responsible for continuing to support the growth of the company with business process improvements and compliance with critical internal controls
Work closely with the US GAAP reporting team to continuously improve conversion efficiencies and ensure system robustness
Accounting Policies and Procedures
Provide technical accounting guidance and work collaboratively with US accounting teams to streamline processes and to ensure all controlling and financial accounting functions comply with IFRS and the URW Accounting Manual
Lead the US business' implementation of the URW Group Accounting Manual, in close liaison with Group Consolidation in Paris regarding local adaptation issues
Produce and maintain adequate local documentation for accounting processes in critical areas
Reinforce integrity and ensure compliance with all internal and external regulatory requirements through appropriate internal controls.
Stay abreast of emerging accounting literature, acting as a subject matter expert and preparing technical analysis on guidance affecting URW's business.
Lead the interpretation, communication and implementation of new accounting pronouncements and assist with URW's European compliance processes.
Mergers and Acquisition Support - perform various due diligence and accounting support activities including: contract review, technical accounting, valuation of assets and liabilities and purchase accounting.
Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree and CPA License or relevant international equivalent
Public IFRS accounting background required
Minimum 8 years of experience including big 4/National accounting firm background and external financial reporting in publicly-traded companies under IFRS
Working knowledge of the differences between IFRS and US GAAP
Extensive experience of medium to large enterprise financial consolidation systems (ideally SAP BPC/BFC and/or Hyperion)
Previous accounting experience in a real estate business and working knowledge of US and/or European REIT principles preferred
Proficiency in using/manage/building-out reporting tools & applications.
Acquisition and Disposal accounting experience preferred
Excellent level of software proficiency in using PC software to support activities, especially Microsoft Office products and accounting systems such as JD Edwards
Exposure to key financial management processes as required in a global organization
Experience analyzing financial information
Traits:
Superior interpersonal skills; able to communicate and engage personnel at all levels of the organization
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and develop people as well as drive process improvement is an advantage
Ability to recognize risks to the expected quality or timeliness of deliverables and ability to reprioritize and successfully manage through risks
Data driven, analytical approach to problem solving leading to systemic improvements and lasting results
Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a challenging, fast paced environment
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Willingness and ability to roll up your sleeves get into the details when required
Ability to synthesize complex concepts/strategies into clear story for both internal and external constituents
Proven ability to build strong working relationships with business partners/department heads/coworkers as trusted and objective advisor
Excellent teamwork and communication skills
Self-starter capable of driving business results without significant supervision and effective in dealing with ambiguity
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