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Manager Accounting

Kings County, New York, United States
January 01, 2018

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Brian J. Klasewitz **** East ** Street Brooklyn, NY 11234



Strategic and tactical professional leveraging a wealth of experience supporting all aspects of financial systems maintenance and enhancement. Brings an in-depth knowledge of accounting systems and processes inside of financial services organizations. Demonstrated expertise in all development, implementation, integration, testing and post-production support. Visionary facilitator with the ability to drive technology initiatives and achieve company objectives. Core competencies include:

Accounting Policies & Procedures

Process Improvement

System Development

Month-End Close Procedures

Payroll Administration

Project Management

International Assignee Management

Financial Controls Review

Account Reconciliations


UBS AG / Paine Webber inc. 1984 – 2017

UBS AG, Weehawken, NJ

Director, Payroll Accounting Manager 2015 - 2017

Manage accounting team within the Payroll department.

Ensure compliance with GAAP with review of reconciliations of Payroll’s balance sheet accounts.

Familiar with ADP EV5 in handling Payroll Accounting process for Payroll of over 20,000 employees.

Authorize wire transfers to Payroll bank accounts for disbursements and taxes.

Streamlined International Assignee settlements to eliminate intercompany discrepancies.

SAP systems and general ledger subject matter expert.

Initiated project to reduce cost of float in relation to direct deposits.

Reduced suspense through proactively eliminating the cause factors.

Member of implementation team related to the set-up of Service Group Company.

Northpointe Personnel, Weehawken, NJ 2014 - 2015

Consultant, Payroll Department – UBS AG

Utilize experience to take ownership for various deliverables within the Payroll department.

Propose and implement measures to reduce the time needed to settle International Assignment invoices.

Eliminated ORI by clearing aged reconciliations resulting in a reduction of firm risk.

Prepare for the implementation of SAP SCL (single cost ledger).

Document receipt of all checks for overpayments and tax equalizations.

UBS AG, Weehawken, NJ

Associate Director, Control Group Implementation Team Lead - UBS Investment Bank, 2013 - 2014

Leveraged accounting and technical expertise to support, maintain and enhance the Investment Bank’s Financial Systems and SAP.

Oversaw the testing of new legal entities to ensure seamless promotion into production.

Enhanced parameters in SAP to allow postings in multiple currencies for greater accuracy in the financials.

Reduced and eliminated issues resulting from quarterly structure updates.

Improved controls of mapping changes providing a higher degree of financial information

Assisted in training of Unconscious Bias and Flexible Work Arrangement classes.

Associate Director, Business Operability Team Lead, Accounting Finance & Systems, SAP Subject Matter Expert - UBS Wealth Management, 2006 - 2012

Provide technical and strategic project management leadership to enhance system controls and capabilities.

Spearheaded Balance Sheet Attestation Project – Drove the conversion of 30,000 general ledger accounts from a quarterly manual process to a monthly automated process with improved controls and accountability. Reduced firm’s risk exposures by ensuring reconcilers were in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 302.

Developed and implemented training plan for offshoring group responsibilities supporting the daily processes of Accounting, Controlling and Operations areas resulting in headcount cost savings for firm.

Member of the implementation team for GEAR, a Business Objects system and SAP.

Coordinated the opening and testing of new legal entities and assisted with dissolutions.

Administered the monthly and quarterly financial process in multiple systems to ensure an accurate and timely financial reporting.

Established control protocols to oversee the openings of new accounts and cost centers.


Paine Webber Inc., Weehawken, NJ

Control & Development Supervisor, Payroll, Associate Director

Lead Associate, Program Management, Executive Compensation, Divisional Vice President

Payroll / Commissions Supervisor, Assistant Vice President


Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Brooklyn College, New York, NY


Six Sigma Yellow Belt


Society for Human Resource Management

Member, American Payroll Association

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