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Reporting Lead, Corporate Accounting

Company: Bridgewater Associates, LP
Location: Westport
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Bridgewater Associates is a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors. Our investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world's markets and economies work - using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles. Powering this engine requires a diverse community of investment professionals, technologists, managers and other specialists. The firm attracts independent thinkers who share a commitment to achieving excellence in their respective lines of work and operating in our unique culture. Bridgewater was founded in 1975 and its principal offices are located in Westport, CT - an hour outside New York City. Our Culture Bridgewater aspires to be an idea meritocracy in which radical transparency and believability-weighted decision-making allow the best ideas to prevail. Feedback is frequent and flows in all directions, meetings are recorded and shared, mistake-based learning is encouraged, and everyone is expected to uphold high standards of excellence and personal accountability. Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is central to that mission - to develop the deepest understanding of markets and economies we must find, retain, and grow the best talent across gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gained experiences, and more. To unlock the power of that diversity also requires an inclusive environment. In pursuit of this vision, Bridgewater has a full-time D&I team reporting to our CEO, vibrant affinity networks, and several companywide initiatives to drive progress. Ask your Bridgewater recruiter to learn more. About the Finance Department Finance is the guardian of Bridgewater's financial resources. We seek to drive sustainable shareholder value by controlling, safeguarding, and optimizing use of the firm's financial resources.--This responsibility is fulfilled by providing strategic partnership, insights and independent challenge along with the delivery of high-quality financial reporting, forecasting and analysis while maintaining effective and efficient operational control. To further Finance's impact, the Chief Financial Officer has launched an aggressive transformation platform to enrich insights, improve reporting, risk and control operations and ultimately developing more intimate, influential relationships with business leaders. About the Corporate Accounting Group: The Corporate Accounting team is responsible for producing and maintaining the single source of financial truth within Bridgewater. The team ensures that accurate and timely financial information is readily available to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Currently, the Corporate Accounting team is transforming how it meets the various demands of these stakeholders which include the Bridgewater management team, external auditors, and our shareholders. Central to this evolution, will be shaping our partnership with key offshore vendors and streamlining a variety of processes and methods of reporting. The team will also lead the department's understanding and implementation of accounting policy, ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") and establish and operate a controlled environment that both prevents errors and detects them in order to safeguard Bridgewater's assets. About Your Role: Bridgewater is looking for an achievement-oriented, proactive contributor who takes initiative, possesses a strong sense of personal responsibility, enjoys a challenge, and persists in overcoming obstacles. The Reporting Lead will be responsible for the preparation of the financial statements of the company's entities in accordance with U.S. GAAP and statutory requirements. In addition, this position will be responsible for various regulatory and compliance filings. The Reporting Lead will work closely with the Policy Lead on the development and maintenance of accounting policies. The individual will report directly to Bridgewater's Head of Policy and Accounting. You will drive the following responsibilities:

  • Preparation of consolidated and stand-alone financial statements/footnotes for Bridgewater entities in accordance with U.S. GAAP and statutory requirements
  • Preparation of regulatory and compliance filings
  • Optimizing reporting controls and processes using tools, systematization, and automation
  • Assistance with the maintenance/creation of accounting policies
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Accounting
  • CPA with a minimum of 4+ years of experience with a Big 4 accounting firm
  • Ideally, 2+ years of experience in a financial reporting or technical accounting role:
    • Part of a company's financial reporting group (SEC/non-SEC),
    • Part of the standard-setting following and/or accounting consultation group of a Big 4 accounting firm's National Office, or
    • Project team lead at the FASB or IASB
    • Excellent knowledge of U.S. GAAP
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to write clear and concise footnotes that are compliant with U.S. GAAP
    • Excellent project planning and management skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity
    • Experience with Workday Adaptive a plus Why Choose Bridgewater? It takes all types to make Bridgewater great. We seek a diverse group of innovative thinkers and push them to engage in rigorous and thoughtful inquiry. We develop people through an honest examination of their abilities and performance, enabling personal growth and professional development. We strive to provide you opportunities that will challenge you and unlock your potential. One of our core priorities at Bridgewater is to enable our employees to build a great life and career, and we believe our benefits are an important extension of that philosophy. As such, currently Bridgewater offers a competitive suite of benefits including:
      • Health insurance with 100% premium covered and access to additional concierge medical services
      • 401(k) plan with generous employer match
      • Paid time off, including fully paid parental leave and a competitive PTO package
      • Workplace flexibility and access to back up childcare
      • Financial assistance for family building support, including adoption and egg freezing
      • Workplace wellness, including on-site gyms, free meals and healthy snacks, and meditation rooms
      • An engaged and active community that includes many company events, affinity networks, and extracurricular interest groups Bridgewater reserves the right to change its current benefits program at any time, in a manner that is consistent with applicable federal and state regulations This job description is not a contract and confers no contractual rights, privileges, or benefits on any applicant or potential applicant. Bridgewater has the right to change any and all terms of this job description, including, but not limited to, job responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Nothing in this job description constitutes an offer or guarantee of employment. Please note that we do not provide immigration sponsorship for this position. Bridgewater Associates, LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer Please click here to view Bridgewater's Privacy Policy, which applies to personal information collected about you in connection with this job application. For California residents, please click here for our California Consumer Privacy Statement. Please review the "Bridgewater Recruiting Terms and Agreement", and then select "I Agree" to continue: --*
        Bridgewater Recruiting Terms and Agreement Please select Have you ever been engaged in the recruiting process, spoken to anyone about a role at Bridgewater Associates or interviewed for a position? --*
        -- Have you ever been employed by or worked directly for Bridgewater Associates in any capacity? --*
        Please select If "Yes - Consultant or vendor" which company?
        How did you hear about Bridgewater Associates? --*
        Please select If "Through an employee", who, and what was your relationship with them?
        If "Other", how?
        Are you, a relative*, partner, or member of your household: currently employed by, having prior employment history with, and/or having any past or present affiliation** with an: asset management firm, asset management consulting firm, institutional investor (e.g., corporate or public pension fund, sovereign wealth fund/central bank, hedge fund of funds or External-Chief Investment Officer, or money management office of an endowment/foundation/family office), a broker or dealer in a trading or sales capacity, or a service provider or outside partner to Bridgewater (only if you are already aware). *Child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, in-law, domestic partnership, or adoptive relationship **Officially attached to or connected to an organization in volunteer, paid or non-paid, in a substantial or consultative fashion, including serving on the board of directors or governance board --*
        -- If "Yes", please elaborate, including if your organization has any current interface with Bridgewater.
        Do you currently work, or in the past two years have you worked, for one of the following organizations? --*
        Please select Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? --*
        -- Will you now or in the future require "sponsorship for an immigration-related employment benefit"? --*
        -- Are you subject to any agreements that may apply to your employment at Bridgewater Associates (e.g. non-compete)? --*
        -- Bridgewater operates in an incredibly competitive industry and in a highly regulated environment. As part of the recruitment process, Bridgewater must explore that there are no actual or potential conflicts of interest. Answers to the following questions will help us identify any actual or potential conflicts of interest. --*
        Do you hold any positions or have any professional, business, or employment affiliations that fit into one of the categories referenced below?
        • Board position at a public company
        • Membership or related affiliation on an investment committee
        • Membership or related affiliation on an expert network
        • Employment at a government agency or as a public official (any employee of a government or any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof), whether elected or appointed
        • Employment for a business that overlaps with, or competes with, Bridgewater -- If "Yes", please elaborate and provide sufficient detail such that Bridgewater may assess any actual or potential conflict of interest.
          Do you have any other personal commitments, or other personal affiliations, that that may pose an actual or potential conflict of interest? --*
          -- If "Yes", please elaborate and provide sufficient detail such that Bridgewater may assess any actual or potential conflict of interest.
          Gender and Race/Ethnicity --*
          Bridgewater is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions will be made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, civil union status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, present or past mental disability, learning disability, physical disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.You are invited to VOLUNTARILY self-identify your gender and race/ethnicity. This information will be kept as confidential as possible and will be reported in the aggregate to the federal government, as required by law. This information will also assist Bridgewater in its diversity and inclusion efforts. If you choose not to self-identify your gender and/or race/ethnicity, please select "Prefer not to say". There will not be any negative consequences for that selection.Gender Please select

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