Senior Accountant Global Asset Management Company Midtown NY 140k-155k base

•Responsible for all aspects of revenue calculations, recordings and collections for all lines of business (Retail, Institutional, SMA, etc.).
•Responsible for all aspects of Revenue Share calculations and communications (mo., quarterly, annual) with CIO’s at a detail product level
•TPA Revenues – work with global F&C colleagues to develop an efficient V&C process for analysis, reporting, calculation and payment of revenues transferred in & out of the US, at a product level.
•Perform onshore validation and control of revenue related processes and IFRS Group Reporting processes.
•Oversee Svc Provider adherence to offshore control framework for respective processes.
•Develop, train and monitor a B/S reconciliation process as required
•Oversee MFN data collection and ensure timely and accurate deliverables
•Develop an efficient, effective monthly Flash (projection) process, including commentary
•Review and approval of monthly LLC legal entity financials
•Lead/ participate in process automation/ fee harmonization projects, i.e. client billing
•Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
•CPA with large to mid–size accounting firm experience.
•15 + years corporate accounting experience.
•Asset Management experience strongly preferred
•Evidence of driving change in a finance setting with strong systems and analytical skills
•Prior experience with large financial systems; experience with SAP is strongly preferred, but not required.
•Prior experience with a Finance service provider preferred but not required.
•Ability to communicate effectively; both verbally and in writing.
•Understand big picture and how different tasks are connected
•Ability to manage multiple deliverables with flexibility
•Strong attention to detail
•Make decisions that are appropriate for this level
•Provide timely updates to Manager and escalate issues
•Strong team player
•Able to quickly interpret new and complex information
•Proficient in Microsoft Suite & Financial systems

Administrative/Office Manager Global Investment Company Midtown NY (3-5 yrs) 65k plus bonus.

•Manage team calendar. Schedule and coordinate meetings, calls and video conferences, book meeting rooms and catering.
•Assist in travel arrangements, visa applications.
•Coordinate local travel arrangements and accommodations for visiting executive guests. Manage annual meeting list/responses.
•Prepare travel reimbursement reports, check requests and work with Finance to ensure timely payments; review expense reports.
•Facility and Vendor management and checking of invoices. Manage subscriptions and memberships.
•Act as monetary authority with small company and employee expenses. Ensure compliance with Travel and Expense policy.
•Enter new funds and meeting notes, update deal pipeline and progress in eFront database. Produce eFront reports.
•Actively seek out ways to develop systems and continually service the needs of the team to ensure your time is focused on accomplishing priority objectives.
•Employee onboarding – corporate card, phone services etc.
•Assist with key priorities, maintain task list.
•Lead role in arranging team events and celebrations.
•Participate in the planning of global off-sites.
•Occasional general office duties include, but are not limited to: printing, photocopying, mailing, preparing courier packages, filing, scanning of business cards.
•Maintain confidentiality of client and employee information.
Ensure employee compliance with health and safety policies.

This position is responsible for providing administrative support for the private equity investment team. Duties include general administrative and project based work. The ideal candidate for this position will be able to assist and act in a confidential capacity, communicate well with tact and courtesy, and project a professional image through in-person and phone interaction.

Lead Operations Midtown NY Global Investment Company 130k-150k plus bonus

The primary objective of the Lead Operations U.S. will be to actively drive change to achieve operational excellence for U.S. Operations.

The Lead Operations U.S. will be vital in serving our company´s business, partnering with all the different departments and areas within the U.S. and other regions (Europe and APAC) to deliver project results in-time and in-budget to all our internal and external clients.

The scope of projects will comprise to optimize and further harmonize the sourcing strategy for Operations U.S for all upcoming regulatory and operational requirements, innovative operational solutions for new product and growth initiatives and onboarding of new investment teams and strategies. An essential part of this role will be the collaboration with Change teams from the other regions to establish best practices and to drive cross-regional initiatives.
In addition, this role will help further developing the mid- to long term Operations strategy & Operating model by closely interacting with the Global Operations Architecture team and leading respective initiatives & projects.

Leading and managing major Operations change initiatives
• Driving and supporting the continuous development, refinement and implementation of our strategic target operating model across the U.S. locations and other regions.
• Driving harmonization, consistency and economic fit of Operations U.S. business model and related change initiatives towards the Global Operating Target Operating (TOM) model.
• Lead build out of Operations Change within U.S. in close alignment with Change teams and processes established in other regions.
• Responsible for managing the Operations U.S. project portfolio
• Operations Architecture: As part of relevant TOM change initiatives designing operational architecture and ensuring alignment of systems, processes, data and providers for complex new business requirements in line with the Global Operating Model.
• Regulatory and Risk: Driving and ensuring operational regulatory compliance and risk mitigation for Operations U.S.
• Identifying opportunities for digitalization & automation and initiating initiatives to strategically transform and enhance the efficiency of the Operations value chain.
• Responsible for managing /overseeing projects to implement the TOM within project budgets (and acquiring budgets for as needed projects)
• Adhere to the correct project structures to control and monitor the project deliverables and other project artefacts (RAID, Change control) based on the overall agreed AGI project management methodology and framework

Litigation/Jury Consultant Chicago/NY/Philly $30-$35/hr

Perform all tasks associated with Jury related litigation consulting. (demographic profiling, facilitation/moderation of research panels, reporting, statistical analysis) and other related litigation consulting products. Such as: online jury research, shadow juries, jury selection, community attitude surveys, witness prep, voir dire and jury selection.

Jury Consultant Skills
Jury consultants must possess a keen insight into human behavior, motivation and decision-making abilities. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, as well as exceptional writing, speaking and presentation skills, are essential. Research is integral to the job, so candidates should have exceptional abilities in data analysis, as well as proficiency with statistical software. Knowledge of social science research methodology is important.

Pretrial Duties
Jury consultants are integral to the legal process even before a trial begins. They research the jurors’ backgrounds, create juror profiles and assist with jury selection and voir dire — the questioning of prospective jurors. Jury consultants may conduct focus groups and mock trials. They also conduct pretrial research, gather and analyze demographic data, perform statistical analyses and draft analytic reports.

Trial Duties
Developing trial strategies to help shape juror perceptions is one of the most important responsibilities of a jury consultant because it can lead to a favorable outcome. The consultant will provide insight into jurors’ body language and behavior at trial, as well as coach witnesses for the best possible presentation of facts under questioning. He may help lawyers identify arguments and develop strategies. Some jury consultants create courtroom graphics and multi-media presentations to help the attorney weave a compelling and persuasive story for the jury.

Educational and experience
Bachelor’s degree at minimum, a JD, master’s degree or Ph.D. in behavioral science, sociology, political science, criminology, psychology or another social science is preferred. Senior litigation consultant requires 5 plus years’ experience in the field. Junior level associate 2-3 years experience in the field.

Although a law degree isn’t required, a jury consultant should at least possess a firm understanding of legal procedures and terminology. Client development skills are also helpful in acquiring a strong and lucrative client base.

Technical Skills
Microsoft Office Suite, Analytical software (such as SPSS), general understanding of presentation technology.

Administrative Assistant Global Investment Company AUSTIN, TEXAS $30hr-$35/hr temp-perm

We encourage and appreciate taking the initiative, bringing forth creative ideas, and taking ownership. Candidates will also be in a team oriented group who are challenged with a diverse and high volume work load.

The following key activities are included in the role:

1. Travel Coordination and Preparation
• Work with managers to coordinate frequent international and domestic travel arrangements to multiple destinations, through our onsite AMEX travel agency according to the Travel and Entertainment Policy
• Arrange ground transportation, book hotels and manage all logistics
• Create final travel itinerary and directions along with meeting and research materials

2. Expense Reports and Approvals
• Process extremely detailed and complex expense reports through the Concur system on time
• Obtain required expense allocation approval from department heads
• Monitor and track managers’ expense reports until reimbursement
• Reconcile monthly expenses with credit card statements

3. Coordinate Client Meetings/Calendaring
• Coordinate clients meetings for managers and handle the scheduling, materials, meals/refreshments and logistics
• Confirm the final agenda schedule with all presenters
• Ensure meetings are setup as expected and without any incidents

4. Phone Coverage/Client Servicing
• Manage heavy telephone calls and respond to requests
• Create follow up correspondence

5. Project Management
• Participate in special projects
•Manage onboarding of new employees and consultants
•Find your niche and become the expert within the assistant group

Position Requirements
• 2 – 5 years of previous administrative experience supporting multiple executives preferred
• Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook required
• Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills, including exceptional telephone management and the ability to write emails
• Must be able to adapt to changing situations with minimal notice and guidance
• Two–year college degree is preferred but not required
• Soft skills: Self-starter, action oriented, quick learner, able to multitask, highly organized, excellent attention to detail, customer focused, problem solver, good follow up skills, strong relating skills, able to prioritize, team player

Administrative Assistant Global Investment Company Temp-Perm Midtown NY $30-$35/hr

We encourage and appreciate taking the initiative, bringing forth creative ideas, and taking ownership. Candidates will also be in a team oriented group who are challenged with a diverse and high volume work load.

The following key activities are included in the role:

1. Travel Coordination and Preparation
• Work with managers to coordinate frequent international and domestic travel arrangements to multiple destinations, through our onsite AMEX travel agency according to the Travel and Entertainment Policy
• Arrange ground transportation, book hotels and manage all logistics
• Create final travel itinerary and directions along with meeting and research materials

2. Expense Reports and Approvals
• Process extremely detailed and complex expense reports through the Concur system on time
• Obtain required expense allocation approval from department heads
• Monitor and track managers’ expense reports until reimbursement
• Reconcile monthly expenses with credit card statements

3. Coordinate Client Meetings/Calendaring
• Coordinate clients meetings for managers and handle the scheduling, materials, meals/refreshments and logistics
• Confirm the final agenda schedule with all presenters
• Ensure meetings are setup as expected and without any incidents

4. Phone Coverage/Client Servicing
• Manage heavy telephone calls and respond to requests
• Create follow up correspondence

5. Project Management
• Participate in special projects
•Manage onboarding of new employees and consultants
•Find your niche and become the expert within the assistant group

Position Requirements
• 2 – 5 years of previous administrative experience supporting multiple executives preferred
• Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook required
• Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills, including exceptional telephone management and the ability to write emails
• Must be able to adapt to changing situations with minimal notice and guidance
• Two–year college degree is preferred but not required
• Soft skills: Self-starter, action oriented, quick learner, able to multitask, highly organized, excellent attention to detail, customer focused, problem solver, good follow up skills, strong relating skills, able to prioritize, team player

I have some swamp land in Georgia to sell you for residential housing development

Don’t believe everything anyone tells you. Well, I mean, have SOME trust in people or you’ll end up a miserable, friendless old cynic. What I’m referring to are reviews on the Internet, possibly biased friends, potential future colleagues, company websites ….expounding on jobs, companies, salaries…

Company websites: I may be stating the obvious here (never stopped me before) but companies want to portray themselves in the best light, for future business, public relations, attracting the best staff. Even if it’s on the whole pretty good, and in fact can be excellent when the CEO remembers to take his medication, these are not particularly powerful selling statements. Websites emphasize the positive – the awards they won, the revenue they produce, the awe-inspiring education of the hedge fund management team. They don’t mention the high turnover rate of staff; they can’t even really say anything like, “And our staff turnover is much less than the competition.”
What’s your point, Margaret?
It’s a few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, but it isn’t enough by itself to tell whether it’s going to become a seascape or skyscape. At the moment, it’s just a few nice blue jigsaw pieces.

Review websites. Shouldn’t really mention any by name, one of the best starts with a letter near the end of the alphabet. These reviews are unfiltered, Doris Lessing-like stream of consciousness and should be taken for what they are. Sometimes true, and accurate, either praising or criticizing the service they were given, sometimes horrendously off kilter. Who knows what the motivation is:
For the 5 stars out of 5 reviews:
a) It really was a 5 out of 5 service and the world just has to be told.
b) They are related to the owner of the establishment.
c) They were somehow paid to write a good review (“Want a free dinner?”).
d) Their standards are low (“It was the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had. And I didn’t see a single cockroach all evening”).
e) They want to see their name in print.
f) They want to make their names as blog writers.

For the 0-stars-and-big-raspberry out of 5 star reviews. Let’s say X has criticized a staffing service. In fact I’m going to make it X and Y, because I’d have to keep writing he or she to keep it grammatical and I’d go nuts trying to re-word it not to do that.
a) They came in with unrealistic expectations about what sort of jobs they wanted. A million reasons, no point in enumerating them, the poor souls were just unrealistic. The agency couldn’t find anything. Not the agency’s fault. If they can place and earn a fee, they’ll do it. So X and Y take to the Internet about how useless the agency was. Or even “I’ve been to several and none of them gets back to me. What’s their problem?” Now, class, join up the dots here….. what’s the common factor in not being sent out for interview by several agencies? That’s right – X and Y. But they don’t listen to well-meaning advice about their resume, wearing their gang beads under, not over, their T-shirts, or refusing to brush up on their computer skills. Many agencies, Merit of course being one, can give you free tutorials for you to practice MSOffice at home. Take us up on our kind offer, don’t look at us as though we have two heads: we’re trying to help.
b) The economy has been, how shall I phrase this without using profanity, not good for several years now. It’s getting better, but it’s still problematic, and the job landscape in New York has changed, so it’s more of an uphill struggle that it was. If we get the jobs, we’ll ask our clients to consider you, but please don’t be writing on blogs/websites that the staffing services were useless.
c) No-one’s there to say, “That’s rubbish”, explain to you why your review is indeed rubbish and get you to take your comment down. So it stays there forever, giving people the wrong impression.
d) Gosh, sometimes the comments are valid. But how can you separate out the gold from the fool’s gold (who remembers from chemistry class that’s iron pyrite?)
e) and f) above still apply.

So read everything on the Internet with a pinch of salt. Even Wikipedia gets it wrong quite a bit because it’s written by people like you and me, and they don’t employ enough editors to fact check (Note to self: Maybe I should send them that three bucks they keep requesting). Use your judgment, ask people you KNOW who have had direct contact with the agency. I suppose since this is a blog I’m putting up on the Internet, I’m including myself in all this. Oh gawwwwwd. If you do disagree with my blogs, then write and tell ME and I’ll listen. Of course, if you love them, write and tell me and I’ll listen with a smile on my face.

Questions You Wish They Wouldn’t Ask At Interview. Episode 1.

What salary were you making at your last job/last three jobs?
Thanks to NYC legislation in November 2017, it’s illegal to ask that question. It’s also a no-no in Oregon, New Orleans and Puerto Rico. If a potential employer asks you because they didn’t know the law had changed, or they didn’t care, try to swat them off respectfully. “I’m not comfortable answering that question. It’s against the law now to be asked… then put on cheery, upbeat smile… “ But I can talk about my salary requirements if you prefer.”
If for some reason they repeat the question with a “But it would be very helpful to us to know where you would fit on our salary structure,” then repeat the answer. I mean, they repeated the question. “I’m just not comfortable answering that question. Sorry. But I think my salary expectations are in line with the market rate.”

Simple really. There are going to be NO problems whatsoever implementing the new legislation. Hahahahahah.

Problem # 1
The salary of the job after which you’re lusting. It has a range in their budget of eg $80,000 – $125,000, or $55,000 – $75,000 depending on a whole slew of factors. The company doesn’t have a clue what to offer you. They don’t want to offer too low, “Will $80,000 be exciting? “ and have you storm out their offices insulted. To make sure they don’t lose you, they say, “Will $115,000 be exciting?” You answer graciously, as though having seriously considered it, “Yes, that seems fair, thanks.” And then high-five everyone on the 6 train home because you are currently making $78,000. The company may or may not find out but, MY, will they be ticked off if/when they do. Also if they could have got you happily for $ 85,000, that’s $30,000/annum they have frankly wasted. Overpaying several employees is not the way to keep your overheads low. Firms have budgets and are also not in the business of being Fairy Godmother social workers.

Problem #2
Why is the range $80,000 – $125,000? Good question. Because the company will pay someone with, say, five years of experience $80,000 but they have to accept that people with 20 years of relevant experience have earned the right, and clawed their way to earn it, to make $125,000. Their experience is PROVEN. Potential is good, proven can often be better…
The numbers $80,000 – $125,000 and $55,000 – $75,000 were chosen arbitrarily to make my point. Such a wide range though is not unusual, whether it’s for e.g. EA/PA to a hedge fund Managing Director, CFO to a $billion outfit, or Junior Account Manager in an advertising agency.

Problem #3
a)I’m underpaid, have been for years. How do I catch up, and get the market rate?
b)I’m actually paid more than the top end of the range. I know I can’t get that again but how much of a pay cut do I have to swallow without shooting myself in the foot, or getting caught up in mixed metaphors?
c)How do I get reliable intel on salary ranges for my job? Can staffing agencies help? How do THEY get their information?
You’ll just have to do your research e.g. Glassdoor/SHRM surveys. Recruitment agencies have access to all this stuff through the job assignments they get, and having a good relationship with their clients. Sometimes advertised jobs on sites like LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, The Ladders, when they’re not annoyingly writing “Salary doe”, will give specific numbers. It helps enormously to have a recruiting service act as an intermediary bwtween the client and potential employee. If you have to negotiate on your own behalf with no outside help… we feel your pain.

What salary are you looking for?
If asked by the recruitment agency, that’s easy… just say what you want and let the chat begin. A good recruiter will talk you through whether you are realistic, sometimes even tell you, “You’re worth more”, and what to say at their client/your future employer interview. With luck, your answer can be along the lines of, “My recruiter deals with all that.”
If you found the company without a safety net aka staffing service…we feel your pain. Do your research, don’t be greedy, don’t be a door mat, and show you are flexible, not rigid, in your thinking.

Mutual Fund Administrator Midtown NY 85k-90k

Mutual Fund Administration
•Review financial statements of various closed end, open end and alternative investment funds
•Monitor and analyze revenue and expense of the funds (dividend projection and expense analyses)
•Communicate with outside vendors, internal departments (Marketing, Compliance, Product, Performance, Legal) and management.

Role & Responsibilities
•Review and prepare various regulatory filings – annual, semi-annual reports, Forms N-CSR, NCEN and NPORT, Proxy, Prospectus, SAI and 24F-2
•Quarterly reporting to mutual fund Board of Trustees.
•Preparation of Section 19 notices, earnings press releases, stale pricing reports, leverage calculations and dividend projections.
•Interact with all levels of management, independent Auditors, Portfolio management team, Legal, Product, and Compliance and with the various support groups within the department to accomplish organizational goals.
•Establish, build and sustain relationships with service providers such as custodian & accounting agents and transfer agents.
•Collaborate work with other members of the department to provide backup and support for the Fund Administration group

Experience / Qualifications & Skills
•5 + year experience in mutual fund accounting and/or fund administration
•Good organizational skills with ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously
•Strong communication skills
•Ability to resolve issues and conflicts independently
•Excellent computer skills

Senior Administrative Assistant Midtown NY $35/hr (70-80k)

This position is responsible for providing administrative support for several investment teams. Duties include general administrative and project based work. The ideal candidate for this position must be able to assist and act in a confidential capacity, communicate well with tact and courtesy, and project a professional image through in-person and phone interaction. Reporting to CIO
•Answer and screen telephone calls; when appropriate, refer or direct calls to appropriate parties
•Prepare, type, and edit documents using Microsoft Office
•Schedule and coordinate meetings and appointments, arrange conference calls and video conferences, book meeting rooms, coordinate catering requirements with hospitality department
•Greet and assist visitors
•Coordinate domestic and international travel arrangements, prepare travel itineraries
•Coordinate local travel arrangements and accommodations for visiting executive guests
•Prepare travel reimbursement reports and check requests and work with Finance to ensure timely payments; review expense reports
•Maintain hard copy and electronic filing systems
•Proactively seeks out ways to develop systems and continually services the needs of the team to ensure time is focused on accomplishing priority objectives
•Facilitate and track communications internally and externally
•Assist with key priorities, maintain task list
•Follow-up on meetings and assist with deliverables
•Maintain contacts directory, personnel files and records
•Perform general office duties to include, but not limited to: printing, photocopying, faxing, mailing, preparing courier packages, filing
•Maintain confidentiality of client and employee information

This position will support multiple departments, including US Fixed Income, Global Fixed Income, and other associated individuals as needed.
•Minimum 2 years administrative experience; Bachelor’s degree highly preferred
•Strong Microsoft Office Skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
•High degree of integrity, confidentiality, initiative, accountability, and strong work ethic
•Excellent communication skills in person, on phone, and by email and voicemail
•Strong proofreading and grammatical skills
•Ability to prioritize and manage multiple on-going tasks and projects
•Attention to detail and quality of work product