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Job Title : Fund Accounting Associate
Location : Edinburgh, GB
Job Category: Investment Operations – Investments
About this role
Portfolio Accounting, Associate
Are you a Portfolio Accounting professional searching for a rewarding, challenging, multi-faceted opportunity with the world’s largest asset manager? Do you pride yourself on building positive relationships and bringing strategic visions to fruition? Then look no further! BlackRock is pursuing an Associate to join our group!
Our Vision statement is to remain an outstanding partner at BlackRock and be a trusted partner to internal and external clients delivering superior accounting and performance services that enhance the client experience. We will deliver scale and efficiency through a globally consistent Aladdin platform and use technology to automate and improve our controls.
Our Portfolio Accounting team performs NAV calculations and Performance measurement for many institutional separate accounts and retail funds. This includes analysis/comparison with third parties and collaboration with internal Pricing and Cash and Asset Groups to ensure minimal risk in portfolio accounting calculations caused by NAV-impacting exceptions.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Conduct portfolio valuations, performance calculation and analysis for Institutional portfolios using BlackRock’s Aladdin Accounting platform
Work closely with upstream teams such as Pricing, Cash Reconciliation, Trade Operations, Data Integrity Group and Portfolio Management to ensure accuracy of NAV and Performance calculations
Support Portfolio Management Group (PMG) and Institutional Client Business group (ICB) in resolving portfolio valuation and performance related queries
Work with clients effectively by supporting Institutional Client Business in servicing client requirements on a regular basis or on special projects
Prepare and review extensive reconciliation with custodian banks and accounting agents to prevent/resolve NAV/Performance discrepancies
Lead all aspects of the preparation and review of holdings/market value reconciliations using Aladdin Reconciliation Tool (ART) to reconcile positions, prices, market value and accrual
Coordinate and/or assist in the re-engineering of BlackRock’s operating environment and participate in various automation projects to enhance productivity and controls
Participate in the training process of newly hired professionals and interns, as well as testing and implementation of the straight-thru-processing research and reconciliation tools
Assist in conducting and implementing procedures and controls to ensure GIPS, SOX, RCSA and SOR Audit requirements.
Manage BlackRock’s relationship with external parties including custodian banks, accounting agents, consultants, and auditors
Skills and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate possesses 3 to 5 years of proven experience in fund accounting, performance measurement and/or operations
A four-year degree is required; Accounting / Finance preferred
Proficient in the solid understanding of Equity and Fixed Income securities and derivative products
Works well in a team environment with an entrepreneurial spirit that is willing to build on additional responsibilities quickly
Good knowledge of Excel, VBA experience preferred. Knowledge of SQL desirable but not necessary
Enjoys working in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment, with excellent analytical and written and oral communications skills.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer — M/F/D/V.
To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.
Our hybrid work pilot
BlackRock’s current hybrid work pilot is designed to help you experience the best of both worlds: the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person and the flexibility to work remotely, with greater time to focus on what’s important to you. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are generally expected to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home (on average) each week. For some business groups, more time may be required in the office, while greater flexibility may be in place for others. Our “One BlackRock” culture means you’ll be supported to collaborate with your new colleagues while bringing your full self to work – wherever you are.
The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.
At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.
This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.
For additional information on BlackRock, please visit careers.blackrock.com | www.blackrock.com/corporate | Instagram: @blackrock | Twitter: @blackrock | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock
BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics at law.
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