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Required Skills: Bachelor’s (Finance, Business, Economic)/ Master’s/ACCA/CA-INTER As Accountant, Global Accounting Operations
Required Exp: 0 to 2 years
Category: Accountants Jobs
About the Global Accounting Operations team
Our Accounting team has a critical role in the supporting the on-shore accounting teams in Vancouver and Toronto in support of various accounting and treasury functions including the preparation of financials statements, transaction processing, reconciliations, preparation of direct and indirect tax returns, etc. In this position, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the accounting team in support of both Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd. (“CCLFG”) and its affiliates. The role of accountant continues to evolve in complexity and importance and this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a growing team whose scope and visibility continues to increase.
We place high value on maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit and creating a culture where each of us has opportunities to succeed. We are a solution orientated and collaborative team seeking likeminded individuals who thrive in a challenging and dynamic environment.
What You'll Be Doing
The Accounting team operates in a unique position working closely with our affiliates and other teams within CCLFG tasked with business and investment operations. An Accountant in corporate accounting has a combination of proven functional, industry, and technical experience that enables them to drive operational-excellence and project-execution. They excel in critical-thinking, analytical skills, and demonstrate sound judgement and as such, are responsible for complex problem solving in both high-impact operational and high profile project work. They play a key role in daily operations within their team and group as a whole.
Key responsibilities include:
To be successful in this role, we are looking for a candidate that demonstrates the following skills & competencies
About Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group (CCLFG) is a $105 billion multi-boutique asset management firm that provides investment management services to pension plans, foundations, other institutional investors, advisors and individuals through its affiliate partners. The firm’s main offices are in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, London, and Chicago where over 600 people work across the investments, distribution, and operations functions. Our investment expertise spans private and public markets and traditional and alternative assets.
CCLFG currently has 11 investment affiliates, including seven that focus on the management of global publicly traded investments (including equities, fixed income and absolute return products) and four affiliates that focus on the management of private markets asset classes (including real estate, infrastructure, private equity and private loans). Additionally, CCLFG has two specialized Canadian retail distribution businesses (targeting high net worth and retail investors), a business unit offering strategic advice to institutional investors and consultants in Canada, a business unit offering multi-asset portfolios to institutional investors, and institutional sales teams located in Canada, the United States and London, England.
CCLFG’s expertise and that of each of its affiliate partners are combined through an innovative structure that allows for distinctly focused businesses and functional specialization. The operations of CCLFG and each of its affiliates are completely integrated, with CCLFG delivering all of the non-investment management functions to each business affiliate. Centralized functions provided by CCLFG include business management, institutional sales, marketing, legal and compliance, investment operations and corporate administration.
The organizational strength allowed by this centralization of resources enables all affiliates to benefit from deep, high quality operational and distribution support. By bringing scale and expertise to the delivery of non-investment management functions, the firm’s investment affiliate partners can focus on the activities they do best — providing advice and making investment decisions to create value for their clients.
CCLFG’s original business was founded in 1982 and it has operated in its current multi-boutique structure since 2002. Canadian equities represented the largest part of our assets under management for many years. Over the past five years, we have experienced significant growth in global large capitalization and small capitalization, developed and emerging markets mandates. Before the end of 2021, our global equities under management will surpass Canadian equities and become our single largest asset class.
Growth in global equities has been enabled by a more significant sales effort to non-Canadian clients. At present, six of the 13 institutional sales people in the organization are focused on sales to US, UK, European, and Middle Eastern clients. About half of our new clients in 2020 are from outside of Canada. These non-Canadian sales come in addition to what remains a very effective sales effort by Canadian based salespeople.
The number of our people based outside of Canada continues to grow as well. In 1994, all of the people who worked in our firm were based in Vancouver, with the exception of three who were Toronto based. Now over 40% work somewhere other than Vancouver, mostly in Toronto and Montreal within Canada (plus Regina, Calgary and Edmonton), but a growing number outside of Canada. There are two people in each of New York and Chicago and 26 (and likely growing) in London. We are in the process of moving to a larger premises in London to accommodate the growth in staff there.
The next step in the globalization of our business is the office in India. Expanding our capabilities into an Asian time zone will support the growth of our firm and enhance our capacity to service our increasingly global clients. Trading assets and onboarding and servicing clients in time zones that may be 10 hours ahead of Vancouver is especially challenging and are the driving force behind the decision to open an office in India. Having an office in India will allow us to close operational gaps across time zones when trading global securities from North America and Europe, and provide appropriate coverage in relation to operational process requirements. In selecting India as our next growth point we are able to access a vast talent pool in a region which has proven itself very successful in enabling business growth and excellence. As our business grows we expect our presence in other parts in the world will grow as well and our office in India will be no exception.
The Indian office will be an extension of existing operational teams and a key focus will be to ensure our culture extends to our new office. The culture of the firm is centered on the notion that the attraction, motivation and retention of intellectual capital are the most important ingredients for long-term business success. This translates into an emphasis on a high-quality working environment, the opportunity for professional success through a competitive business model and the fair sharing of the rewards of success.
Our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) supports our culture. The firm is committed to building strong and vibrant communities by supporting causes that are important to our clients, employees, partners, and stakeholders. Our CSR initiatives focus on three areas: philanthropy, volunteering, and social responsible business practices. Through the Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation (CC&L Foundation), we support not-for-profit organizations that promote stronger communities, the environment, health, education, humanitarian causes, and the arts. Created in 1999, the CC&L Foundation is supported by and represents the interests of all CC&L Financial Group affiliated firms. In the spring of 2021, the CC&L Foundation donated $25,000 to the Red Cross to support India’s COVID-19 relief efforts. As our plans to open an office in India progress, we felt it was an opportunity to make an impact in a country before establishing an office there.
Our commitment to CSR also includes decisions we make regarding the way that we run our business. We are committed to the health and wellness of the people who work here, environmental sustainability and a high quality working environment that values diversity and inclusion. We strongly believe that the collective sum of the individual life experiences, knowledge, perspectives and unique capabilities of people who work here represents a significant part of our culture.
We believe that success in asset management is an outcome of attracting, retaining and motivating the most talented individuals in our industry. We are delivering the following to achieve this goal:
As we look forward, we can see both challenges and opportunities for further growth that only reinforce our commitment to attracting, retaining and motivating the most talented people in our industry.
CC&L is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or expression, disability, or age.