Finance - Controllers - Executive Director - London

Goldman Sachs International
London, United Kingdom
09 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
MORE ABOUT THIS JOB Application Opening Date: 05 June 2019
Application Closing Date:
02 July 2019
Full time


We're a team of specialists charged with managing the firm's liquidity, capital and risk, and providing the overall financial control and reporting functions. Whether assessing the creditworthiness of the firm's counterparties, monitoring market risks associated with trading activities, or offering analytical and regulatory compliance support, our work contributes directly to the firm's success. The division is ideal for collaborative individuals who have strong ethics and attention to detail.

We believe that our model supports integrated thinking across the control processes listed above, which we see as critical to ensuring the connectivity of key control processes. Our clear ownership of the full P&L process also leverages our access and interaction levels with the business and other stakeholders as there is no uncertainty or ambiguity around roles. Our model, supported by our philosophy of scalable processing and exception-based workflow, has driven investment in strong, standardised P&L systems over the years. This allows us to run with smaller teams, improving people's connectivity and ability to span product classes, and allows for less time to be spent on manual reconciliations or data manipulation allowing more time for analysis and value-add work. Our efficient use of headcount also provides good access to senior management at early levels. It also means Product Control as a function is based on the same floor as Legal Entity Controllers, Regulatory controllers, Financial Reporting, Accounting policy, Treasury and Market Risk which encourages and facilitates collaboration and information/knowledge sharing across these areas.


- Preparing the daily profit and loss account for trading desks, involving an assessment of the nature of revenue generated in the context of market moves and risk held as well as reconciliation between front office systems and sub-ledger as well as the firm's general ledger.
- Producing and reviewing profit and loss attribution and commentary for the bank's trading, investing and new issuance businesses. - Intelligently reviewing trading activity to help assess the valuation of the portfolio and to highlight anything unusual or material to management.
- Monthly price verification review and challenge of trader inputs into inventory pricing as well as incremental assessment of less observable inputs.
- To interact effectively and pro-actively with traders and their management.
- Assessing risk inherent in trading positions, whether market, compliance or reputational risk etc.
- Developing an in depth knowledge of products and market awareness.
- Understanding of the impact of Regulatory Capital rules on a trading desk's ongoing and new business.
- Ensuring compliance with all the Firm's financial reporting requirements.
- Account and monitor for the Firm's secured and unsecured financing activities.
- Liaising with other Federation departments in a collaborative and problem-solving capacity.
- To be fully informed of all department developments and issues in their trading areas.


- Strong academic record with Bachelor's degree, equivalent or above in Accounting, Finance or a related discipline required
- Significant Controller experience gained from working within investment banking/financial services/professional services industries required
- Must have a qualification as a Chartered Accountant or other relevant professional financial qualification (e.g. CFA).
- Strong project management skills with experience of strategic project implementation required
- Demonstrable involvement with automation and continuous improvement initiatives required
- Strong team leadership/department management experience required
- Experience with liquidity reporting, P&L reporting, balance sheet, price verification, funding product control, compliance monitoring, liquidity disclosures required
- Knowledge of FAS 133 Hedge Accounting, IFRS, ICAAP stress testing and UK/Germany GAAP required
- Strong product knowledge across funding products including repo/stock loan, deposits, unsecured debt, interest on balances, swaps (Interest rate and cross currency) required
- Commercial focus and strong analytical and communication skills required
- You enjoy being challenged, are team orientated and have good attention to detail
- You should have integrity, professional scepticism, a strong work ethic and a desire for excellence
- You have good interpersonal skills as complement to technical aptitude

ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

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