Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) in Bellaire, TX at Search Services

Date Posted: 6/23/2020

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Bellaire, TX
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  • Experience:
    At least 5 year(s)
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Job Description

Our client is a public traded financial services company, and they are looking for someone to join their growing team as the CAO of a managed fund, working directly with the parent company's CAO. They are looking for someone who can bring their attention to detail, strong work ethic and organizational skills to the team and organization.  We are searching for a self-starter with a positive attitude who will focus on getting the job done in an efficient and effective manner in a deadline sensitive environment.

Job Description

The CAO is responsible for the management of the fund’s accounting function, external and internal financial reporting processes and accounting team (and/or any outsourced services) and has the potential for growth in the long-term. This position will, in collaboration with the parent company’s CAO, also be responsible for a broad range of activities including establishing and directing financial and accounting policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements and maintains financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Directs the research of accounting guidance and implementation of related policies
  • Ensures appropriate application of generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and accounting regulations adopted by SEC
  • Manages financial closing and reporting functions and deadlines, including but not limited to achieving an efficient close process
  • Responsible for the preparation of regular SEC filings and ensuring accuracy of financial information and related disclosures in all SEC filings
  • Establishes and adheres to internal controls over financial reporting including all Sarbanes Oxley 404 requirements
  • Coordinates all communications and activities related to external auditors
  • Works closely with tax department in the preparation of the federal and state tax accruals and related tax disclosures in SEC filings
  • Works closely with investment valuations team to ensure valuations accurately reported in SEC filings
  • Directs the preparation of regular external presentations for investors and analysts
  • Directs the preparation of internal financial reporting packages and various ad-hoc reports for management, the board of directors and committees of the board
  • Performs personnel management functions including staffing planning and development. Supervises and directs personnel. Provides consistent performance evaluations.
  • As applicable, supervises and directs third-party to which various accounting and reporting functions have been outsourced.
  • Collaborates with investment teams and other functional areas related to budgeting, forecasting and various financial analysis
  • Manages financial and accounting integrations and conversions related to system and/or process changes


  • Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Accounting or Finance required (Master’s in Accounting or MBA is a plus)
  • Certified Public Accountant required
  • Minimum 15+ years of experience in Accounting including experience in preparation of public filings with the SEC
  • Big 4/Industry combination experience
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to effectively manage and motivate staff
  • Strong accounting and GAAP background required
  • Some experience with valuations and financial modeling preferred
  • Must exhibit a strong work ethic and demonstrate a commitment to complete quality projects accurately under tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Must be able to present information and ideas to executive level management in a clear, concise and professional manner
  • Ability to think strategically and perform detailed tasks
  • Should exhibit strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independent of direct supervision
  • Should exhibit strong excel skills (pivot table experience is a plus)
  • Investment company experience through either industry experience or Big 4 audit review is a plus