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Senior Associate, Fund Finance - Private Equity

Pantheon Ventures London, United Kingdom
Posted 23 hours ago Permanent competitive

Purpose of Position

Pantheon Ventures (“Pantheon”), a $90B multi-strategy investment firm, is seeking a Senior Associate, Fund Finance, for its Private Equity strategy. The candidate will have meaningful participation across a wide range of job functions supporting the investment platform. The candidate should appreciate the entrepreneurial nature of the position and the opportunity to play a key role in the ongoing launching of new funds and products within a well-established, global investment firm. The candidate should be familiar with Private Equity Funds fund accounting, valuation, risk management, the role of third-party fund service providers and general finance and reporting oversight functions. The individual will join the Fund Finance team based in London.

The Senior Associate, Fund Finance, working alongside the VP, Fund Finance, and the Pantheon Private Equity teams, will play a central role in the Private Equity Fund Finance team. This will include key fund finance activities such as fund administrator accounting oversight, fund audit, reporting, valuation procedures, and other operational processes that may be required.

Reporting to: VP, Fund Finance – Private Equity

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Private Equity teams to provide financial and operational support to ensure that business objectives are met.
  • Build, develop and maintain and develop good working relationships between the team and its internal/external clients and suppliers.
  • Provide financial and operational support for the set-up of new structures or funds including working with the structuring team, internal counsel, external advisors, and Private Equity team to ensure that operating frameworks are set up appropriately and service providers are appropriately selected and appointed.
  • Comprehensive fund accounting review for Private Equity Funds, ensuring that financial deliverables are of high quality and financial statements are accurate and complete.
  • Review and approval of fund expenses – ensuring these are reasonable and understood.
  • Review and approval of management/ performance fees, as required.
  • Assist in the delivery for the funds’ reporting and any regulatory reporting that may be required.
  • Oversight of third-party fund administration providers, depositaries, and other service providers in conjunction with the Third-Party Administration Management team and informing any updates or changes to process as may be necessary.
  • External audits for Private Equity funds, which will include liaising with the funds’ external auditors and ensuring that audit queries are addressed and completed in line with deadlines.
  • Review and approval of capital events such as calls, distributions and equalisations, as required.
  • Ensure applicable control and risk frameworks and policies are adhered to and that existing procedures are refined to reduce operational risk.
  • Critically assessing the funds’ operational servicing, how it can be improved in response to feedback from underlying clients, internal stakeholders and relative to the market.
  • Participation in Sub-Valuation Committees, ensuring valuations are reasonable, independent of the investment function and in accordance with Pantheon's Valuation Policy.
  • Complete other ad-hoc projects and tasks from time to time.
  • Support the Private Equity and Investor Relations teams, as required.
  • Provide transaction support for acquisitions and creation of new entities to ensure transaction closings are achieved as planned.
  • Attending the relevant investment team meetings to understand the current deal pipeline, future transactions, new funds and anticipating and coordinating any operational requirements.
  • Manage any fund sales, extensions and, where necessary, liquidations related to Private Equity Funds.
  • Provide supervision/ line management to more junior members of the team.

 

Knowledge and Experience Required

Technical

  • Recognised accounting qualification, with strong accounting skills
  • Broad knowledge of private markets, preferably funds of funds or Private Equity, and the processes involved in servicing these funds
  • Customer focused, with a background in fund accounting/ operations and passion for quality and efficiency
  • Experience in designing, monitoring and understanding the internal controls frameworks in place at each stage of a fund/product life cycle
  • The ability to lay out processes, controls and procedures in simple, clear formats including data flows, controls matrices, etc.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload and that of others
  • Experience in initiating and steering process change and improvement projects
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills
  • Proficient Excel skills.

Individual

  • Comfortable acting proactively and always with integrity
  • Relationship building and an ability to influence others, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability to develop meaningful partnerships with both internal and external teams
  • Professional scepticism: an ability to view things holistically to ensure that things are not taken at face value and always asking “does this make sense?”
  • Problem solver: an ability to, and an interest in searching for solutions to problems and establishing the root causes of any issues that arise.

 

This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. You may be required to perform other job-related duties as reasonably requested by your manager.

Pantheon is an Equal Opportunities employer.

 

 

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