Friday, June 26, 2015

Financial Analyst, Apriem Advisors – Irvine, CA

Financial Analyst, Apriem Advisors – Irvine, CA

Apriem Advisors, is a California corporation duly registered as an investment advisor, whose principal office is located in Irvine, CA. We are a client‐centric firm that upholds the highest degree of service, integrity and aptitude. We’ve carefully selected a team that embraces these goals and serves clients to reach their highest aspirations. Apriem Advisors has been a trusted partner for institutional and private clients since 1998. With the growth of our company, Apriem is dedicated to increase the operational and back‐office support team. One, we’re searching for a savvy, conscientious Financial Analyst. The ideal candidate must possess excellent organizational skills and be task‐oriented while working in a fast‐paced, team environment. You will be fully engaged and busy from the first day onward.

Job Summary
The Financial Analyst is a key member of the Investment Team. S/he would interact with Executives, Portfolio Managers (PMs), Wealth Managers (WMs), custodians and clients on a daily basis to ensure client portfolios are accurately maintained on the firm’s trading and operational systems. Down the road, this position could evolve to include trading client portfolios under the supervision of the PMs. At Apriem, the Financial Analyst position can be an excellent stepping‐stone towards many other career paths at the firm including Portfolio Management, Wealth Management, Compliance, and/or Operations.

Primary Responsibilities
·    Reconcile client positions and transactions daily (Tamarac Rebalancer)
·    Create, review, and revise client Investment Policy
·    Assist in creating Implementation Plans for new clients
·    Assist in the review and reporting of client accounts (daily, monthly & quarterly)
·    Generate and compile research reports for PMs to enable well‐informed and effective investment strategies
·    Compile reports for executives, WMs, and clients, as needed
·    Create Factsheets for our proprietary investment strategies (monthly & quarterly)
·    Manage client proxy voting activity (Broadridge & Egan Jones)
·    Work with the Compliance team on SEC filings such as 13F
·    Help maintain third party databases such as Portfolio Center/Citrix, Tamarac Rebalancer and Advisor View
·    Keep the firm’s website content up to date (blogs, articles)
·    Create the firm’s Newsletter (quarterly)
·    Support marketing special projects as needed

Qualifications
Education/Experience:
·    Bachelor’s Degree required, Financial emphasis preferred
·    1 to 3 years of experience is a plus
·    Proficiency in Excel is a must. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs such as Publisher & PowerPoint a plus.
Desired Qualities:
·    High integrity, ethics, and strong values
·    Ideal candidate would describe them self as detail‐oriented, meticulous, and flexible
·    Able to succeed in a deadline‐driven role in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment
·    Excellent communication and organizational skills

Salary and Benefits
Salary will be based on skills and experience. We offer attractive, competitive compensation and benefits based on industry standards including medical, paid vacation, retirement plan, and potential for bonus participation.

Qualified and interested candidate should send a resume and cover letter in either Word or PDF format to Benjamin Lau at ben@apriem.com .  No phone calls please.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Public Accountants - Los Angeles, CA

Public Accountants for global asset management firm - Los Angeles, CA

Global asset management firm seeks Public Accountants to join their Corporate Accounting and Fund Accounting teams at multiple levels.

Corporate Accounting
•       Corporate Accountant – requires 1-2 years of Big 4 experience
•       Sr. Corporate Accountant – requires 3+ years Big 4 experience – Financial Reporting focus

Fund Accounting
•       Fund Accountant – requires 1-2 years of Big 4 experience
•       Sr. Fund Accountant – requires 3+ years of experience; Big 4 experience not required (could be out of a financial services or CPA firm)

Detailed job descriptions available upon request.

The roles offer a substantially better work/life balance than Big 4. The Corporate Accounting team may have one busy week every quarter (55-60 hours), otherwise 40-45/hours week. The Fund Accounting team’s average work week is around 50 hours (busy periods = 60/hour week).

Our client is looking to hire someone quickly. If you are interested in one of these openings, please promptly email an up-to-date resume as an MS Word attachment and indicate which position is of interest to:

Zach Stierhoff
BCI - Financial Services Recruiting
zach@brokerageconsultants.com

Monday, June 22, 2015

Portfolio Administrator, Affinity – Irvine, CA

Portfolio Administrator, Affinity Investment Advisors – Irvine, CA

Affinity Investment Advisors, LLC, is an independent, registered investment advisor headquartered in Irvine, CA with offices in Connecticut and PennsylvaniaWe are a client-centric firm where integrity, transparency, and accountability are integral to the culture of partnership that guides our internal and external interactions.  Affinity has been managing active equity portfolios for institutional and private clients since 1992. 

With the launch of two new products this year, Affinity is looking to deepen the operational and back-office support team.  Specifically, we’re searching for a savvy, conscientious Portfolio Administrator to work out of our headquarters in Irvine, CA.  The ideal candidate must possess excellent organizational skills and be task-oriented while working in a fast-paced, team environment.  You will be fully engaged and busy from the first day and we guarantee there will never be a dull moment.
Job Summary
The Portfolio Administrator is a key member of the Operations team.  S/he would interact with Portfolio Managers (PMs), brokers, custodians and clients on a daily basis to ensure client portfolios are accurately maintained on the firm’s operational systems. Down the road, this position could evolve to include trading client portfolios under the supervision of the PM’s. At Affinity, the Portfolio Administrator position is an excellent stepping-stone towards many other career paths at the firm including Compliance, Performance and Portfolio Management. 

Primary Responsibilities
·         Reconciling client positions and transactions daily (Advent Axys)
·         Processing electronic trade confirmations/settlements through the Depository Trust Company (DTC/Omgeo)
·         Compile reports for executives, clients, and PMs
·         Create and review client reporting (daily, monthly & quarterly)
·         Manage client proxy voting activity (Broadridge)
·         Work with the Compliance team on SEC filings such as 13F
·         Assist in the Request For Proposals (RFPs) process
·         Help maintain third party databases such as eVestment Alliance
·         Support portfolio management and marketing special projects as needed

Qualifications
Education/Experience:
·         Bachelor’s Degree required, Financial emphasis preferred
·         Previous experience in  back office/portfolio administration preferred
·         Experience in a professional environment desired
·         Knowledge of Bloomberg, Advent Axys, and Omgeo OASYS & Alert is preferred
·         Proficiency in Excel required

Desired Qualities:
·         Ideal candidate would describe them self as detail-oriented and meticulous
·         Able to succeed in a deadline-driven role
·         Excellent communication and organizational skills  
·         High integrity, ethics, and strong values
·         Excels in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment

Salary and Benefits
Salary will be based on skills and experience.   We offer attractive, competitive compensation and benefits based on industry standards including medical, paid vacation, 401(k) and potential for bonus participation. 

Qualified and interested candidate should send a resume and cover letter in either Word or PDF format to careers@aiallc.com. No phone calls please.

Assoc Wealth Mgr - Redwood City, CA

Associate Wealth Manager - Redwood City, CA

We are a fee-only RIA located in Redwood City, CA seeking an Associate Wealth Manager to join our growing team. We are a fast-growing, entrepreneurial firm with a passion for client service. Our work environment is warm and supportive. We believe in nurturing strong teams internally and in cultivating deep and meaningful relationships with our clients. As our new Associate Wealth Manager, you will have the opportunity to learn directly from the company’s Founder. From the beginning, you will collaborate with other team members in serving a wide variety of individuals. We envision that you will eventually lead the service team for a defined group of clients yourself.

We do not expect you to bring a pre-existing book of business. Yet we are looking for a team member who is excited at the prospect of contributing to the growth and success of our business. Your contribution can depend on your strengths and interests, but we are definitely not a “business-as-usual” firm. Are you excited by the opportunity to help cultivate new client relationships? Or would your talents be better suited to defining and driving internal initiatives aimed at service innovation or process efficiency? Whatever your strengths and passions, we will expect you to bring them to work every day.

Your personal and professional development is important to us, yet your path is not preordained. It will depend on your own priorities, on our ability to create and leverage business opportunities, and on the development of our overall team. This is an opportunity to help shape the future of our firm as well as your own career.

Position Overview
We seek an Associate Wealth Manager for our fee-only wealth management firm (RIA) located in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are you a CFP® Certificant with several years of experience, but feel like your current situation isn’t a good cultural fit or doesn’t offer the kind of career development opportunities that you’re ready for, we would like to talk to you.

Initial Key Areas of Responsibilities:
·         Elicit and clarify client needs and goals.
·         Collaborate with client team to prepare client meeting materials, including meeting agendas and presentations. Participate in client meetings.
·         Manage meeting follow up, including coordination of internal and external resources, to ensure completion of all outstanding tasks.
·         Create and update financial plans (both cash-flow based and goal-based). Participate in the development and execution of recommended strategies.
·         Analyze and recommend solutions to specific client needs and issues, such as Social Security timing, college funding requirements, insurance needs, etc.
·         Review and analyze client tax returns and estate planning documents.
·         Managing day-to-day communications for assigned clients, including through and timely outreach and follow-up.
·         Actively participate in the firm’s business development efforts. Work to build a referral network.
·         Lead chosen firm-wide initiatives in client-acquisition, service design & delivery, or process optimization, as may be appropriate.
                                                         
Key Qualifications:
·         A bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate degree is desirable, preferably in a related field such as business, accounting, economics, etc.
·         Three to five years’ client-facing experience in comprehensive personal financial planning.
·         Certified Financial Planner® designation is required.
·         A demonstrated understanding of retirement planning, estate planning, executive compensation, income taxation, company stock compensation, and risk management strategies.
·         Proficiency in widely-used software tools (both generic and financial planning specific) plus a willingness to learn to use additional tools.
·         An international background or interest is a plus.
·         Empathy and great active listening skills.
·         The ability to think clearly, communicate succinctly, and write well.
·         A strong team orientation. A willingness to help other team members grow.
·         Solid personal and professional judgment.
·         Openness to new ideas, new people, and new approaches to solving problems.
·         Drive and grit in overcoming obstacles.

Benefits:
·         Competitive compensation depending on experience.
·         A bonus program based on company success.
·         A 401 (k) retirement plan with matching contributions.
·         The possibility of a flexible work schedule.
·         An open – ended vacation policy.
·         A fun and friendly team of colleagues.

To apply, submit information to candidate@newplannerrecruiting.com or www.newplannerrecruiting.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fin Business Analyst, Kingston Tech - Fountain Valley

Financial Business Analyst, Kingston Technology - Fountain Valley, CA

Financial Business Analyst As a key member of our Corporate Accounting department, the Business Analyst will be responsible for preparing financial analyses, including competitive pricing analysis, cost analysis, forecasting, divisional valuation, return on investments, feasibility studies on new business opportunities and alternative management strategies. Responsibility will also include inventory monitoring, inventory and margin optimization modeling. Build and maintain positive working relationships with business managers and peers. Review published reports to identify trends, information and nuances that will allow managers to be better informed in running their business units. Assist in maintaining, coordinating and developing systems to effectively measure financial and operational performance, reporting dashboard, and associated metrics. The individual in this position will also have responsibility for the following essential functions and other related work as required.  Essential Functions: ·Provide ongoing analysis of financial data and reports and make recommendations to business managers. Assist team members with procedures, problem solving and research.
·Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial information and key metrics for senior management.
·Work with various functional departments and the Asia manufacturing sites, and review new business development contracts or programs and perform feasibility studies.
·Develop and maintain written corporate account policies and procedures; drive communication and create efficient processes between all functional departments.
·Evaluate cost trends and perform cost analysis for various product segments of the company; design databases that provide multiple cost classification hierarchies to support statutory reporting, financial bench marking, and segment management reporting.
·Coordinate and conduct due diligence, perform multiple valuation analyses and make financial forecasts related to M&A or investment transaction, and present recommendations to senior management.
·Identify non-value added processes within the department and seek solutions to drive efficiency and enhance reporting metrics and analytics.  Requirements: ·Seven to ten years of cost accounting, business analysis experience.
·Experience in a technology or consumer electronics manufacturing company with global operations.
·Ability to generate forecasts, ad hoc reporting, qualitative and quantitative analyses.
·Excellent analytical, organizational and problem solving skills.
·Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
·Team-player, self-motivated, self-starter with the ability to work under minimal supervision.
·Highly proficient in effectively managing and prioritizing conflicting deadlines.
·Proficient with Microsoft Office (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Visio).
·JDE and IBM Cognos experience is a plus.
·Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or equivalent business degree.
·MBA, CPA or CMA is preferred.
·Bilingual English/Mandarin is helpful.  To apply, please send your resume in Word or pdf format to: karen_algee@kingston.com
 

Kingston Technology has grown to be the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine.
Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in employees is essential and that each individual employee is a vital part of the company’s success.We offer our full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package including 401(k), a choice of PPO or HMO medical and dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance, EAP and more.

Follow us on Twitter @KingstonJobs_US

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vice-President of Finance - NYC

Vice-President of Finance - NYC

The Company
Our client provides advisory services to retirement plan sponsors (mostly 401(k) and other qualified retirement plans), including investment due diligence research and advice, plan fee benchmarking, plan design guidance, and fiduciary guidance. Today, they are one of the largest independent retirement consulting firms in the U.S. The company is based in Aliso Viejo located in Orange County California.

Reporting Relationships
The Vice-President of Finance will report directly to the Corporate Senior Vice-President and Divisional Controller based in NYC. He/She will also report to the Presidents of Division. Reporting to the Vice-President of Finance will be approximately 7 direct reports. In addition, he/she will utilize Corporate resources to support finance and accounting processes.

Position Overview
The Vice-President of Finance is a newly created position that was established to support the continued profitable growth of the division. This growth will be both organic and through targeted acquisitions. This individual will be responsible for the implementation and integration of corporate financial and accounting reporting systems within the group.

The VP of Finance will be responsible to the Presidents for all financial matters of the company. This will include providing financial leadership to the organization. In addition, this individual will participate in developing finance and accounting strategies, implementation of corporate and business specific policies, objectives, operating plans, and budgets to meet business growth and profitability goals. The VP of Finance will also be required to manage the financial forecast and plans to support the attainment of the divisions goals and objectives in a way that is consistent with all legal and regulatory requirements. They will work consultatively with the leadership team in providing financial guidance and analytics.

Specific Responsibilities
Through the development of needed systems and processes the VP of Finance will help the company improve financial planning, forecasting and reporting by enhancing the organizations ability to access, monitor and interpret information in an efficient , effective and timely manner.  

· Provide input, guidance and pro-active leadership support in the implementation and continuous improvement of the financial forecasting, accounting and reporting systems.
· Assist corporate finance, treasury, tax and the business line in cash management, asset management, budgeting, tax preparation, operations analysis, financial and business reporting.
· Responsible for hiring, training and managing a small accounting staff in the implementation, installation and day-to-day operation of Corporate accounting and reporting systems including general accounting, cost accounting, analysis of operations and results, and financial reporting.
· Oversee the financial review of acquisition’s opening balance sheet and integration for the division. As requested, may assist M & A in evaluating acquisition opportunities.
· Monitor expenditures, investigate significant variances, identify and implement corrective action.
· Develop and monitor key measures and financial analytics for each line of business.
· Prepare timely monthly reporting package, variance to plan analysis and quarterly financial review presentations.

The Candidate
Education
Bachelor’s degree in Financing or Accounting is required. MBA or CPA is a plus but not required. Professional Qualifications
· Must have prior experience at VP or Director level with corporate or business unit financial leadership experience, P&L, and balance sheet responsibility.
· A minimum of 10 years of progressive related finance and accounting experience in a rapidly growing organization with at least 5 years in a senior managerial position.
· Experience in a continuous improvement culture and matrixed organization with the ability to lead process improvement and change.
· Experience in the financial services industry or with asset management firms with knowledge of regulations pertaining to retirement plans or 401(k)’s is highly preferred but not required. Must be experienced with business services, professional services, or consulting type firms.
· Strong understanding of the financial management, forecasting, budget process and business performance measurement systems.
· Experience in overseeing financial aspects of corporate acquisitions would be a definite plus but is not required. This would include financial due diligence, deal structure and financing, closing documents and opening balance sheet establishment, and post-transaction integration.
· Must be able to develop, document and execute detailed budgets and forecasts. Also, must be able to provide financial support in the development of business plans.
· Ability to effectively and professionally present financial information to senior management and corporate executives.
· Demonstrated ability to learn the business and have a business and customer centric approach to Finance & Accounting Leadership.

To apply:
Barbara Byster
Senior Partner
Alta Search Group
bbyster@altasearchgroup.com

Friday, June 5, 2015

Investment Accounting Mgr - Los Angeles, CA

Investment Accounting Manager (Trust & Nonprofit Accounting) - Los Angeles, CA

Title: Investment Accounting Manager (Trust & Nonprofit Accounting) (1034-1)
Location: Los Angeles, CA area
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Summary:
Foundation and Trust seeks an Investment Accounting Manager who will manage financial accounting and tax reporting for investment portfolios. Primary responsibilities will include oversight of financial systems to track alternative investments and analysis and compliance work for investment transactions, as well as work related to financial/regulatory issues. This position will report to the Controller and will serve as an important link between the Finance and Investment Teams.
Responsibilities:
  • Research emerging accounting/tax laws to assess impact on the complex nature of the investment portfolio
  • Review financial elements of due diligence to ensure consistency in financial reporting of new investments
  • Review manager fees for consistency with subscription/legal documents
  • Partner with Investment Operations to review computations/performance/benchmark calculations
  • Review investment manager reports/statements for propriety and reconcile data to custodian reports and monthly/quarterly/annual financial statements including non-GAAP and foreign currency
  • Analyze derivative activity for proper financial reporting and identify controls to ensure accuracy of reporting
  • Manage design/implementation/maintenance of financial systems to support analysis/proper reporting of alternative investments
  • Develop/implement best practices surrounding investment financial accounting through interaction and relationships with peer foundations
  • Review data reconciliation of manager statements performed by investment operations manager to assess impact on Custodian records and propose adjustments as necessary
  • Assist with preparation of the 990PF related to investments for the Foundation and Trusts
  • Assist with preparation of the 990-T and state tax returns including analysis of unrelated business income tax for Foundation and Trusts
  • Ensure compliance with all foreign disclosure and reporting requirements related to investments for the Foundation and Trusts
  • Ensure all partnership K-1’s and audited financial statements are received/analyzed for accuracy and completeness
  • Manage tax and cost basis tracking for investments ensuring accuracy
  • Ensure investment journal entries are accurately prepared and reports are electronically maintained
  • Review of investment portfolio performance for the purpose of determining investment staff incentive pay
  • Evaluate accuracy of 12/31 investment balances using manager reports received subsequent to the balance sheet date and investigate differences to ensure year end balances are accurate
  • Update Foundation and Trusts’ accounting systems, chart of accounts, subsidiary ledgers, monthly schedules, and reconciliation worksheets to reflect new investments
  • Streamline financial reporting process related to investments including managing internal/external audit requests
  • Ensure accuracy of Investment footnotes for annual audit of the financial statements for the Foundation and Trust including the Fair Value Hierarchy reporting (Topic 820)
  • Ensure Data Integrity through the development and implementation of policies and procedures surrounding the management of investment accounting data policies
  • Other duties and projects as assigned
Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field
  • CPA or Master’s degree in business preferred
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience gained through working in a variety of organizations (e.g., accounting firm, investment firm, audit firm, industry, non-profit, pension plan)
  • Experience using Intacct and/or C-Track is a plus
  • Experience working in a demanding/high performance/ambiguous work environment with team-oriented culture
  • Strong knowledge of accounting and finance
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Capacity to quickly develop an understanding of the Foundation and Trusts’ programs, strategies, and initiatives, the organization mission, philosophies, structure, values, program direction, niche, and policies
  • Strong quantitative/statistical/analytical skills
  • High aptitude for system/data management and math concepts used in accounting/statistics
  • Ability to: interpret requests for access to data via reporting/on-line information; analyze/interpret tax laws and regulations; clearly communicate concepts/research findings/issues analysis/project evaluation results/data interpretations; self-start/organize/prioritize/meet deadlines with minimum level of direction for a wide variety of tasks/projects with many moving parts
  • High level of professionalism/diplomacy/discretion with ability to maintain matters of confidentiality
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet/database/word processing applications/CRMs/accounting software maintenance and report writer skills
  • Strong project management & workflow analysis skills
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with all levels of staff/external consultants/professional networks
  • Interest in philanthropy and the Foundation’s mission and operations
If interested in this opening, please email your resume as an MS Word attachment to:
Tony Pietrzak
BCI - Financial Services Recruiting

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Software Developer, Overland Adv - SF

Software Developer, Overland Advisors - San Francisco

Overland Advisors is an absolute return investment firm based in San Francisco that focuses on monetizing relative value mispricings across multiple asset classes.

Overland Advisors is looking to hire a Software Developer to help build and support advanced custom applications that enhance our research and trading initiatives. We’re looking for a fast learner who is eager to explore new technologies and become an integral part of our systems team. The candidate will be in charge of maintaining a large part of our technology infrastructure. This is a great opportunity to have a large impact on the systems of a hedge fund with in excess of $3 billion of assets across various security types, while learning about the quantitative processes used in a relative value trading strategy.
            

Key Responsibilities 
•       Working directly with portfolio managers to improve and maintain the front-end interfaces of our applications, including the optimization of our data access and graphical user interfaces.
•       Supporting and extending proprietary internal financial analytics tools.
•       Generating custom management and investor reports to track the portfolio performance.
•       Integrating our applications with third-party APIs (Bloomberg, Capital IQ, internal models).
•       Managing our code releases.
•       Working with Middle Office personnel in constantly improving our business process automation and data validation.
            

Requirements 
•       Experience with .NET and a modern programming language (C#, C++, Java), especially Windows forms, WPF and Linq.
•       Excellent debugging skills.
•       Some exposure to relational database architecture and SQL.
•       Working knowledge of XML.
•       Familiarity with code management software (CVS, Clearcase, Subversion) and an integrated development environment (VisualStudio, Eclipse).
•       BS or MS in Computer Science or related degree.
•       Disciplined and organized coding style and excellent communication skills.

Compensation will be competitive based on experience.

Interested candidates should apply to 
jobs@overlandadvisors.com

Equity Research – Assoc, ROTH - Newport Beach

Equity Research Associate (Cleantech with a focus on Solar), ROTH Capital Partners - Newport Beach

ROTH Capital Partners
Equity Research – Associate
Sector: Cleantech with a focus on Solar

We seek a full time Equity Research Associate to join our team, which covers the Cleantech sector with a heavy focus on solar. Although we are looking for an Associate to start immediately, we note the first three months will be an evaluation period to ensure the proper fit for the team and firm.

Job Description
·         Sell-side equity research at a boutique investment bank.
·         Maintain market intelligence system and provide ongoing monitoring of the Solar & Cleantech industry.
·         Examine market data to identify and analyze current and industry trends and provide ongoing findings.
·         Assist with preparation of research reports and notes on companies for distribution to institutional clients.
·         Conduct primary research, surveys, and interviews.
·         Develop financial models and conduct financial statement analysis to evaluate historical information and generate earnings forecasts and to assess stock valuations.

Qualifications
·         Bachelor’s degree is required.
·         CFA or progress toward the CFA designation is preferred.
·         Superior quantitative, analytical, and writing skills.
·         Capacity to quickly digest and synthesize substantial volumes of information in a short period of time.
·         Detail-oriented.
·         Excellent communication skills.
·         Strong work ethic and intellectual curiosity.
·         Good organizational and time-management skills.
·         Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work within a small team environment.
·         Ability to work long hours.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Phil Shen at pshen@roth.com and Justin Clare at jclare@roth.com