Accounting Policy Consultant 1 - Regulatory Policy Group

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Date Posted: 03-03-2018
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The Controller’s Division is responsible for the Company’s financial statements, establishing corporate accounting policies, preparing SEC and regulatory reports and ensuring the adequacy of internal controls. The Division also manages and supports the Company’s General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets systems. 

This role is an accounting policy consultant within our regulatory interpretations team in Financial Reporting. The candidate will be responsible for consulting and liaising with executive and business unit management, accounting and regulatory support groups, and functional partners on issues related to regulatory reporting and regulatory capital requirements. The position requires an in-depth understanding of regulatory reporting requirements, regulatory capital rules, and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Responsibilities include:
  • Evaluating and interpreting current and proposed regulations and reporting requirements 
  • Providing regulatory capital and reporting consultation and interpretations 
  • Providing technical transaction advisory assistance on Company and line of business transactions 
  • Educating corporate and business unit executive management on current regulatory capital and reporting issues 
  • Providing technical advice, research, training and awareness to business lines, cross-functional teams and other personnel related to current and/ or complex regulatory capital and reporting issues 
  • Active participation in the implementation of complex regulatory capital and reporting projects or managing aspects thereof, including, participating in or managing cross-functional teams and managing Company-wide task forces, implementing, maintaining and communicating regulatory capital policies, practices and procedures, including recommending changes thereto based on changes in regulatory guidance
  • Reviewing and providing input on quarterly and annual financial data for regulatory reports, including consolidated and subsidiary financial statements, footnotes and other external disclosures
  • Participation in the preparation and/or reviewing of comment letters and other correspondence to regulatory standard setters
  • Serving as liaison for regulatory capital and reporting issues with both internal and external audit staffs, and banking regulators
  • Providing or assisting with in-depth business analysis and developing long-term strategies to optimize business line or company performance
The successful candidate will be a highly motivated team player and a self-starter who is accustomed to working in complex organizations, partnering with a diverse group of stakeholders, and achieving results. The candidate should possess a significant amount of professional presence and be accustomed to presenting material to senior executives. The candidate should be flexible, be able to withstand challenges and adapt accordingly.

Leadership and expertise will be determining factors in selection. Successful candidates will be articulate and possess a demonstrated leadership capability and strong inter-personal effectiveness. A key differentiator will be the ability to understand and operate successfully in a complex, heavily matrixed environment. The role requires a sense of urgency, passion for results, and personal accountability for successful outcomes.
This position may be subject to periodic background checks. 

  • 5+ years of accounting experience, public accounting experience, or a combination of both
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation 
• A BS/BA degree or higher in accounting, finance, or economics
• Highly refined and professional verbal and written communications 
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment and across all organizational levels, where flexibility, collaboration, and adaptability are important 
• Strong collaboration and partnering skills
• Ability to translate and summarize complex data into understandable, actionable information and recommendations (

  • Regulatory experience and/or Basel 3 experience
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation 
  • 7+ years of experience in a position of increasing responsibility
  • Big 4 experience servicing financial services industry and/or accounting policy experience with large financial institution
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory capital rules or regulatory reports 
  • Strong general banking experience, understanding of capital markets, and/or asset management activities
  • Experience in loan accounting, allowance for credit losses, leases, mortgage banking, debt securities, non-marke equity investments, derivatives, transfers of financial assets, securitizations, business combinations and consolidations
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to summarize complex accounting issues and communicate findings to all levels of the organization 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build collaborative relationships with cross functional peers and internal and external stakeholders
  • Detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines with accurate and professionally presented results 
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to analyze business and financial issues and form conclusions about alternatives 
  • Demonstrated ability to make judgment calls on applicability/impact of emerging regulatory and accounting issues, interpretation of subjective and complex financial matters, assessment of alternative implementation methodologies (including cost/benefit implications) and impact to our internal control environment
For immediate consideration, please submit a recent resume in MS Word format in addition to a detailed cover letter highlighting the reasons why you are a good fit for this role. Please also include your salary expectations.
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