Finance Analyst, Investment Valuations

Employer
Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
Location
London London UK, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
Jan 10, 2021
Closes
Feb 20, 2021
Ref
1925246106
Sector
Finance
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Level of qualification
CIMA, Newly qualified, Qualified

Responsibilities

  • Assisting with, and performance of, quarterly (and occasional ad hoc) valuations of illiquid fixed income and equity asset investments
  • Drafting of valuation reports in line with regular valuation timetable
  • Formulating robust and defensible valuation opinions
  • Preliminary review and analysis of business plans and cash flow models
  • Development and update of valuation models
  • Collation of underlying financial data from investment managers, providing relevant challenge where necessary
  • Building a thorough commercial understanding of the scheme's illiquid equity and debt investments
  • Assistance with the intra-quarter valuation roll-forward process
  • Assistance in the performance of valuation due diligence reviews
  • Communication of key judgements and conclusions to investment accounting function
  • Documentation (and where appropriate enhancement) of procedures and controls
  • Assistance with the preparation of committee reports
  • Performance of key administrative duties for the Investment Valuations function
  • Interacting and liaising with financial control and operations functions for certain key processes and ad hoc queries (cut-offs, SPV accounting etc.)
  • Working with the asset management (Private Markets) teams to gain an understanding of assets and key developments, and collating relevant management information
  • Assisting with the performance of various items of project work
  • Assisting external valuation advisers with the performance of the external valuation process
  • Assisting external auditors in the financial audit process
  • Assisting with the delivery of occasional project work for the wider Finance function

Technical Competencies, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Prior experience of performing business or equity investment valuations as the primary function of a previous or existing role
  • Professionally Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent), or other relevant financial qualification with significant exposure to investment appraisal techniques (e.g. CFA)
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent level of Excel skills
  • Experience of dealing with external clients or influencing at senior level within an organisation

Desirable

  • Previous experience of working within investment management, infrastructure or pensions industries in a finance or analyst role
  • Prior experience of performing fixed income / bond valuations in a previous or existing role
  • Prior financial modelling experience, working with integrated forecast models for large businesses
  • Prior experience of performing financial due diligence assignments

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