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Senior Accountant - Global Financial Control (Quality Assurance)

This professional will join the Global Financial Control (Quality Assurance) governance and oversight team within the Corporate Controller's Group. The Quality Assurance team is a second line of defense function that is responsible for the development and execution of the annual Quality Assurance Plan. This includes performing independent, objective, assurance self-assessments and adding value as well as improving Northern Trusts' operations, financial and regulatory reporting and control environment.
This professional will be involved in performing reviews of financial information, processes and controls to identify key risks and issues impacting the Corporation. This professional will also be involved in reporting issues to management and assist with tracking and testing of remediated issues.
Successful candidate may also provide additional support to the Global Financial Control team as needed based on experience gained in Quality Assurance reviews or other adhoc requests.
Responsibilities:
Applies analytical skills to review information/processes and prepares supporting review work papers
Works closely with the Quality Assurance Team Lead and/or other team members to perform/develop the quality assurance review planning, scoping and fieldwork execution strategy
Identifies/evaluates risk and control activities within various business process
Keeps Quality Assurance Team abreast of issues identified and communicates the review status to business unit and Finance management.
Completes and compiles findings and recommendations for the purpose of status updates, memos, and review reports.
Monitors/tracks issues identified and performs remediation testing to assert closure
Strives to become subject area expert to provide consulting, education and leadership to team and business partners
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
3+ years of audit/testing, accounting, or a similar function with a specific understanding of financial accounting and internal controls.
"Big 4" CPA firm experience preferred
Experience assisting in planning and executing audit/review engagements based on assessment of financial statement risk
Experience in US GAAP required
Experience with banking statutory/regulatory reporting a plus
Self-starter with the desire to work in a high profile position, have the ability to perform work that requires critical thinking and attention to detail, and possess strong analytical skills
Ability to handle multiple requests, and a proactive, hands-on approach to problem solving
Works effectively in a team environment and has the ability to think outside the box
Ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with various levels of management and establish and maintain relationships with key business line and functional clients
Proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook (Visio and SharePoint proficiency a plus)
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
Master's degree in Accounting or Finance considered a plus
Certified Public Accountant or other relevant professional certification (i.e. Certified Internal Auditor)
For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building our legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. From a Chicago-based bank founded in 1889, we now have more than 20 international locations and 16,500 employees globally. We serve the world's most-sophisticated clients ? from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families, to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.
We burnished our reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, we continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.
As of March 31, 2018, Northern Trust Corporation had:
$10.8 trillion in assets under custody/administration
$8.1 trillion in assets under custody
$1.2 trillion in assets under management
$130 billion in banking assets

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