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Financial Reporting and Strategic Initiatives Consultant

AthenPollo LLC
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
February 19, 2018

AthenPollo is looking for a Financial Reporting and Strategic Initiatives Consultant to support a leading financial banking client. This is a Full Time position based in Minneapolis, MN. Security, Satisfaction and Happiness, come along with a handsome package!

Job Description:

• The Controller’s Division is responsible for the Company’s financial statements, establishing corporate accounting policies, preparing SEC and regulatory reports and ensuring the adequacy of internal controls. The Division also manages and supports the Company’s General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets systems.

• The Change Management team is a component of the Corporate Financial Reporting team which resides within the Finance division spanning across all segments of the Company. The Corporate Financial Reporting team consists of approximately 200 individuals with varying degrees of skillsets. The Change Management team is a newly created team within Corporate Financial Reporting with the responsibility to drive quality, execute effectiveness initiatives, and ensure strategic initiatives are successfully accomplished. This group is dedicated to process control improvement and the betterment of corporate reporting for regulatory filings as well as legal entity reporting. The Change Management team works closely with the other components of the Corporate Financial Reporting team as well as many other departments and businesses throughout the Company. The Change Management team is in process of building its depth and bandwidth given the increased level of strategic initiatives and overall Corporate Financial Reporting projects. This position is an important aspect to the success of these initiatives.

• This role provides technical expertise regarding accounting, SEC reporting and regulatory information and research from a position of leadership in cross functional/virtual teams to strategize, plan and execute a variety of programs, services and initiatives. Examples might include, but are not limited to: finance/operational/executive management review coordination, process improvement and redesign, change management initiatives, ongoing oversight of a leadership / diversity/ recognition / general program oversight. Provides leadership in the integration/implementation of programs / services /initiatives with cross functional business partners, recognizing the significance of competing priorities and strategies, and adjusting as necessary. Develops metrics and tracks/evaluates performance of programs, services and initiatives. Ensures plans/programs adhere to appropriate policies and regulations.

• Along with bringing technical expertise, this role will act as an advocate for senior management in the execution of strategic initiatives important to the Corporate Financial Reporting team. Primary responsibilities include ensuring that strategic initiatives are organized, communicated proactively, involve all necessary stakeholders, and executed effectively in-line with firm-wide initiatives. A candidate in this role is required to have a strong understanding and knowledge of financial institutions, various departments, businesses, and products common to such organizations. Additionally, a successful candidate will need to partner with other functions throughout the firm (operations, technology, compliance, risk management, legal, etc.) to accomplish strategic initiatives. The position also requires a broad knowledge base in technical accounting for financial products along with understanding the economics of such transactions including risk mitigation, allowing the candidate to draw parallels to such concepts in understanding and evaluating the corresponding reporting requirements..

Specific responsibilities may include, but not be limited to the following:

• Understand how FASB accounting updates impact our business, products and applicable SEC & REG reporting

• Identify areas for improvement and drive implementation of strategic financial reporting initiatives.

• Proactively lead the team in identifying efficiencies between the REG/SEC financial reporting processes.

• Understand interconnections and direction of various firm-wide strategic initiatives to apply change management processes for ensuring complete and consistent implementation across all affected internal and external stakeholders/ reports.

• Provide consistent guidance to all stakeholders and influence outcomes while taking ownership for all projects under direct supervision.

• Ensure all stakeholders are identified and actively involved in the applicable project, setting up and leading steering committee discussions as necessary.

• Execute independently on certain strategic initiatives.

• Represent the client within applicable industry groups and accounting related industry initiatives.

• Candidates within the preferred location (Minneapolis, MN) will be considered.

Required Skills:

• 6+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following: project management, implementation or strategic planning.

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working with Workiva Wdesk reporting software.

• An active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

• Ability to lead projects/initiatives with high risk and complexity.

• Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.

• Highly refined and professional verbal and written communications.

• Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy.

• Experience with general ledgers and accounting policies.

• 2+ years of Big 4 public accounting experience.

• 4+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following: SEC reporting, technical accounting or accounting policy.

• Proven ability to research and document SEC/GAAP/REG issues in concise memorandums (may ask for sample).

• Product knowledge in some or all of the following areas (loans, debt, derivatives, securities, repurchase agreements, securities lending, commodities, cash equities trading, credit trading, securities, etc.).

• Knowledge and understanding of regulatory processes and reporting to the Federal Reserve, OCC, and SEC that includes knowledge of bank capital requirements and calculations.

• Knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, financial reporting systems, legal entities, and role of regulatory authorities.

Contact: Syed Irfan

Cell: 616-855-1605

Email: Syed.Irfan(AT)

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About Us:

AthenPollo is a fast growing and dynamic organization providing IT consulting and staffing services for over 10 years and committed to becoming one of the nation’s premier IT companies. Our highly skilled and experienced team strives to deliver the highest levels of service and value to our Customers and Consultants. Our client base is comprised primarily of Fortune 100 companies and large implementation partners.