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DATE ADDED: Fri 15/05/2020

Financial Controller - Real Estate

London, UK


JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

SALARY: Competitive Salary + Benefits and Bonus

Greystar is a market leading fully integrated real estate company offering expertise in investment, development, and property management of multifamily residential properties globally. The UK business is rapidly growing to become a market leader, providing exceptional student accommodation through our Chapter platform, as well as growing a portfolio of Multi Family (Private Rental Sector) properties.

This role is primarily responsible for leading and managing a team consisting of a Finance Manager, Property Accountants and Accounts Payable Specialists. This role covers the UK student (Chapter) operating portfolio. In addition, this role is responsible for transitioning newly acquired or developed assets into the aforementioned portfolio. This encompasses finance responsibilities in deal process, reporting, team structure, banking, systems and other activities or changes required to bring those assets in line with Greystar’s policies, procedures and expectations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide timely management reports to key stakeholders across the business in the UK & US.
  • Leads, manages and develops the student finance team to support the changing business needs and future growth of the business.
  • Final review of the annual planning and budgeting process ensuring compliance with proforma models, partnering with Operational Team, Investment Team vision, and investor requirements.
  • Capital management and forecasting to current and new investors (capital calls and income distributions).
  • Management of debt compliance functions and final review of debt reporting, including inputting into new or refinanced facility agreements.
  • Leads the annual audit process and ensures all implemented controls and processes adhere to appropriate accounting principles, including owning the relationship with External Auditors and preparation of accounting memos.
  • Ensures timely preparation of required statutory financial statements in accordance with IFRS
  • Monitoring of applicable tax filings.
  • Establishes policies and procedures in conjunction with the Financial Controller to ensure processes are efficient and effective for the growing business.
  • Supports team with activities required to take-on/integrate new assets.
  • Assistance with financial system integrations and planning.
  • Monitoring and documenting reporting requirements of portfolios.
  • Technical accounting memos for corporate transactions and new reporting standards.
  • Oversight of capital projects encompassing managed portfolios.
  • Reviewing and inputting into venture and debt agreements.
  • Manages ad-hoc requests from investors and stakeholders.
  • Business partnering with relevant areas of the business.

Your Profile:

  • ACA/ACCA qualified accountant with minimum 3 years post qualified experience or equivalent.
  • Demonstrable understanding of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Experience in Property Accounting desirable.
  • Previous experience with financial accounting and property management software.
  • Thorough understanding of UK Companies and off-shore SPV structures
  • Working knowledge of IFRS within the real estate sector.
  • Working knowledge of UK and off-shore tax compliance.
  • Experience in IFRS and UK GAAP.
  • Debt compliance and investor reporting experience.
  • Experience in building and managing a team to deliver to challenging deadlines, including: recruitment, engagement, development, reward and recognition.
  • Experience working with off-shore real estate structures.
  • Experience in acquisition accounting, including financial due diligence.