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Senior Team Leader in Investment Accounting and Controls

Req. #:  14539
Department: Investment Administration
Location: Montreal, QC CA
Job Status: Temporary Full-time
Grade:  08
Category: Accounting, Finance and Taxation

**Interim position until end of August 2014**

The Senior Team Leader, Investment Accounting and Controls leads a team of professionals responsible for developing and implementing effective accounting practices and controls for investment instruments and funds.  This role contributes to the achievement of the Corporate and Finance Division objectives by providing professional expertise to the Investment Operations department with respect to internal control practices to safeguard corporate and client assets, as well as by ensuring accurate and timely investment reporting that meets regulatory and corporate standards.

  • Build a team of professionals focused on meeting the objectives of the department.  Develop practical resource plans for the team based on existing business and future requirements.  Seek to optimize use of resources and deliver efficiencies, while respecting the budget.
  • Hire, retain and develop qualified individuals. Establish clear staff accountability and manage performance expectations. Supervise and evaluate staff. Communicate and provide direction to the team members to ensure alignment with the department’s and the company’s objectives.
  • Provide financial and accounting expertise on investments and investment accounting. Develop and implement accounting policies and procedures for investment instruments and funds in accordance with accounting standards (GAAP, IFRS, Standard Life policies). 
  • Plan and coordinate preparation of financial reporting information for corporate assets and investment funds.  Develop and document processes to ensure the integrity of the financial information; develop, prepare and review reports; prepare and review reconciliations, including reconciliations with the General Ledger (PeopleSoft) and client systems (where applicable); perform complex financial analysis. Identify opportunities for improvement and submit formal recommendations in writing.
  • Coordinate audit activities for the Investment Operations area.
  • Research and resolve ad hoc questions and problems affecting the accounting systems, journal entries, and other issues.
  • Provide support and build relationships with our internal business partners, Standard Life Investments, external portfolio advisors, custodians and other parties.
  • Lead and represent the department on complex projects.  Coordinate and participate in planning, testing and implementation of new mandates, funds or processes that impactInvestment Operations.  Review and approve process changes to ensure appropriate controls are in place.
  • Identify, implement and maintain controls to mitigate financial and operational risks.  Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge.


  • University degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Professional accounting designation.
  • Minimum 8 years experience in accounting or auditing in financial services industry or investment operations.
  • Staff management experience.
  • Canadian Securities Course, an asset.
  • Bilingual, French and English, written and spoken.

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