Senior Accountant, Property Accounting

Manulife - Charlotte, NC4.0

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Job Description

Company: Hancock Forest Management, Inc.

Position: Senior Accountant (Property Accounting) – T10

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

General Directive:
Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (“HFM”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Natural Resource Group (“HNRG”), which is part of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and ultimately owned by Manulife Financial Corporation. HFM is a property management company that serves global institutional investors through related-party investment management groups (Hancock Timber Resource Group and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group) and third-party private investors. HFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for approximately 3.8 million acres of timberland across the USA and Canada.

Position Summary:
The Senior Accountant role is responsible for accounting functions and transactions of multiple properties, including financial reporting, month-end closing processes, and performing fluctuation analyses on the trial balance. This role will continuously guide and improve the property accounting team’s functions by seeking and assisting with implementing efficiencies and best practices, especially as it pertains to the use of automation and technology. The ideal candidate will be an experienced accountant with in-depth knowledge of accounting processes and transactions, internal controls, accounting and financial reporting systems (especially in a multi-company or multi-property structure with many intercompany transactions), and possess strong analysis experience that can bring insights from the general ledger to the financial statements. This candidate will work as a key team member with peers, and report directly to the Controller. This role could have direct reports in the future.

Perform and manage accounting duties such as recording and reviewing transactions to the general ledger, preparing complex reconciliations, generating financial reports, and preparing in-depth analyses as assigned. Transactions may include areas such as property taxes, accounts receivable, accounts payable, deferred revenue, bank reconciliations, intercompany transfers and balancing, and other property management accounting responsibilities.
May perform analytical review of financial statements to detect variances versus budget and historical trends.
Perform detailed and high-level analytical reviews of financial results; coordinate monthly analyses at the posting account and financial statement levels.
Prepare and analyze the month-end closing and reporting processes, including journal entries and account reconciliations.
Maintain aspects of the general ledger accounts and business transactions for multiple properties.
Perform other shared service duties as assigned, such as master data maintenance (e.g. chart of accounts, vendors, and customers).
Review and streamline accounting and business processes for greater efficiencies and to ensure a strong control environment; ensure proper internal controls and policies/procedures for all areas of responsibility.
Recommend and implement approved changes in accounting methods, policies, and procedures.
Manage treasury and cash management functions as assigned (such as credit reviews, collections, payments).
May review the work of others on the team.
May participate in, and coordinate, key projects.
Develop and maintain internal and external relationships.

Bachelor’s degree in Business/Finance/Accounting.
Minimum of 5 years of direct, relevant experience.
Previous experience with posting journal entries and reconciling accounts.
Demonstrated proficiency with accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and policies & procedures, especially in a multi-company or multi-property structure with many intercompany transactions.
Possess a working knowledge of U.S. GAAP.
Experience with managing accounting processes and financial information through the use of strong analytical skills.
Ability to accomplish goals within a matrix organization.
Excellent problem-solving skills with complex accounting issues.
Ability to learn and use multiple systems to derive answers to financial questions.
Ability to recognize urgent/important tasks, and prioritize them accordingly.
Self-motivated; strong commitment to get the job/task done well and on-time in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Must be able to work independently, as a team player, and as a team builder with a focus on developing others.
Highly supportive of others; promotes a positive office environment.
Highly organized with a keen attention to detail and accuracy.
Demonstrates the highest integrity.
Coachable personality that is willing to learn and grow.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Word, Power Point.

Previous experience in Big 4 public accounting or corporate accounting team.
CPA certification.
Master’s degree in a relevant field.
Previous experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Prophix, Esker, SharePoint, and/or workflow automation tools that pertain to areas of accounting and contracts.
The role is expected to work with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of our organization.

This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees in this job. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this job classification.

Hancock Natural Resource Group offers a competitive compensation and benefit package, a team-oriented work environment and growth opportunities for its employees. We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer; and we and we employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job- related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.

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About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers.

Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization. It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.