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Institutional Accounting Specialist

Company: American Century Investment Services, Inc.
Location: Kansas City
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Our Firm

American Century Investments - is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, the firm's 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors, offering a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.

We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global growth equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.

Privately controlled and independent, we focus solely on investment management. This empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations and concentrate on their long-term money management needs.

Our culture of winning behaviors exemplifies our dedication to clients every single day. Delivering investment results enables us to distribute over 40% of our dividends-more than $1.8 billion - to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization with a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute's work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer.

For more information, please visit americancentury.com.

The Institutional Accounting Specialist performs investment accounting and analytical functions vital to ensure accurate valuation of portfolios investing in a broad range of investment strategies.

What our extraordinary teammate do?

  • You will complete complex daily assignments in accordance with established procedures and maintains procedures documentation.
  • You will perform reconciliations and analysis of differences; inputs and validates various components of net asset calculation and performs analysis for multiple separate accounts, sub-advised, and pooled investment vehicle accounting records.
  • You will identify, investigate, resolve, and escalate reconciling items and exceptions related to the cash and currency reconciliations, corporate actions, security valuations, net asset reconciliations, security holdings, dividend and interest accruals, and investable cash projections.
  • You will validate and input client cash flows and make appropriate estimated entries into the portfolio management systems as needed.
  • You will complete all monthly and quarterly deliverables both for internal and external clients (within tight deadlines). Preparing documentation for year-end audits.
  • You will assist with the onboarding of new clients and deconversion of existing clients to include but not limited to processing in-kind trades.
  • You will communicate effectively with portfolio managers, traders, team members, vendors, and other external/internal customers.


    Client Focused
    • Understands strategic vision, and that we ultimately serve external clients.
    • Acts in accordance with company and team goals and objectives.

      Courageous and Accountable
      • Seeks solutions and call outs when assistance is needed.
      • Follows through on questions to ensure resolution.
      • Initiates action on new unfamiliar tasks independently.

        • Solves problems by seeking input from others.
        • Clear, concise, and accurate with inquires and other forms of communication.
        • Checks understanding and provides feedback.

          Curious and Adaptable
          • Applies knowledge with minimal direction.
          • Actively seeks knowledge and understanding.
          • Current thinking and applies established technical solutions.

            Competitive Drive
            • Commits effort to support team in adapting to change.
            • Constantly looking for ways to improve processes.
            • Can manage individual plan with minimal instruction.

              Bias for Action
              • You initiate action independently
              • You seek input on new or unfamiliar tasks.

                Relationship Management
                • You build good working relationships.

                  Education & Experience:
                  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent field.
                  • 3+ years of relevant work experience.
                  • Mutual fund accounting or fund administration experience with knowledge of investment accounting operations.
                  • Cash reconciliation, general ledger, security master knowledge, and exposure to derivatives is preferred.
                  • Strong technological aptitude and application

                    Working Conditions:

                    Hybrid work environment

                    Normal business hours for this position will be 7:30 am CST to 5:15 pm CST. Office conditions and team responsibilities include early and late rotations that range from starting at 7:00 am or ending at -7:00pm. Work hours may extend beyond normal hours based on delays relating to the end of day processes. In addition, after hours and/or non-business day work may be necessary on occasion for coverage of periodic events and special transactions.

                    • Models the American Century Investments Winning Behaviors: Client Focused, Courageous and Accountable, Collaborative, Curious and Adaptable, Competitively Driven, Adheres to the highest ethical standards and business practices, and Supports a culture of compliance

                      Additional Requirements:

                      As a global firm with offices in several cities, we will uphold any local regulations regarding COVID-19 precautions and/or vaccination requirements for the workplace.

                      American Century Investments is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. As such, American Century strives to provide a reasonable accommodation to any qualified individual under the ADA to perform essential job functions.

                      American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.

                      -2019 American Century Proprietary Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords: American Century Investment Services, Inc., Kansas City , Institutional Accounting Specialist, Accounting, Auditing , Kansas City, Kansas

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