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Accountant (Los Angeles, USA)


Job Title: Accountant
Reporting to: Head of Finance – NA and LATAM
Location: Los Angeles, US
Department: Finance
Business Division: Group

About John Laing:

John Laing Group (JLG) is a leading international investor across a range of infrastructure sectors.  We are a responsible investor, committed to delivering critical and enduring infrastructure which responds to public needs and improves the lives of the communities we serve.

Today the Group has investments and operations in seven countries, and employs over 150 people at offices in London, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and Bogota.  We invest in greenfield projects and in businesses which develop and own infrastructure assets.  We are FTSE 250 listed with a Net Asset Value of £1.5 billion as at 31 December 2020 and a market capitalisation of £1.6 billion. 

John Laing is one of the world’s most trusted names in greenfield infrastructure.  During our long history, we have invested in over 150 projects, and as a result have developed strong credentials and a network of valuable relationships with both construction partners and clients. At its core, John Laing creates value through sourcing primary investments, active asset management and realising secondary assets for value.  Our greenfield heritage, active asset management expertise, international footprint and partner relationships are key differentiators.  

The Group’s history has been one of constant evolution and growth, and this remains the case today.  The fundamental drivers of infrastructure investment are stronger than ever – population growth, climate change, energy transition, urbanisation and the ever-increasing need for digital connectivity.  Following the appointment of Ben Loomes as Chief Executive in May 2020, the Group launched a new strategy aimed at evolving John Laing into a broader infrastructure investment platform with complementary investment businesses; a strong PPP & Adjacent Greenfield Projects business, with a second engine for growth in mid-market Core-plus economic infrastructure.

Recent acquisitions include:

  • A purpose-built and let retirement platform in the UK – Ahigh quality and geographically diverse pipeline of 650 units with John Laing’s share of investment of c. £50m.  This creates an asset-backed and scalable platform offering long-term resilient inflation-linked cash flows with strong cash yield from the outset and significant value creation potential as the sector matures.
  • A German fibre roll-out platform – The acquisition of 100% shareholdings in EFN eifel-net Internet-Provider GmbH and Jobst NET GmbH, two regional and complementary telecommunications business involved in the early stages of FTTP roll-out programmes located in southern and western Germany with c. €30m committed investment to date and a total equity investment in excess of €100m over the next three years.
  • Pacifico 2 Road PPP in Colombia – The acquisition of 21.15% interest in the Pacifico 2 road PPP project in Colombia for a total consideration of COP151bn (or approximately £32m).

This is an exciting time to join a business that makes a real difference to society as it embarks on the next stage of its growth and evolution. 

Our Purpose:

To create value for all our stakeholders by investing in, developing and managing infrastructure projects which respond to public needs, foster sustainable growth and improve the lives of communities around the world.

Our Values:

Ownership: We take personal and collective responsibility for our contributions to the business, reflecting the ethics, inclusivity and integrity of our purpose.

Empowerment: We trust our colleagues to do their best work for our business, wherever they are, giving them the tools, skills and support they need in order to do their best and reach their full potential.

Growth Mindset: We are open minded and alive to learning new things and spotting new opportunities. We’re continually looking for ways to improve, so that we develop as individuals and contribute to the growth of our business and communities in which we work.

Shared Prosperity: We believe that our success can only come from collective results, where outcomes are aligned and benefits are realised for all stakeholders.

The Role: Accountant

Purpose of the role:

In this role, you would be part of the Group Finance team and will mainly focus on the general ledger and financial reporting for the North America and Latin America region. This is a versatile role as you will be a member of a small team affording you the opportunity to interact with all levels and across all divisions of the Company.

Key Responsibilities:

This role will employ a number of duties in the areas of accounting, regional support, and a variety of administrative duties including but not limited to the following:

  • Prepare journal entries for the month-end close, including cost accruals, interest accruals, and investments and distributions from projects.
  • Prepare monthly accrual rollforwards for various activities within the region such as bid costs, disposals, and overheads.
  • Maintain various schedules such as cash flow and debt
  • Prepare month-end audit files, including balance sheet reconciliations, general ledger review for correct project coding, trial balance tie-out between local currency to reporting currency, and Income Statement & Balance sheet fluctuation analysis.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial statement package for external reporting requirements
  • Act as a liaison between Accounting and the Regional teams to resolve inquiries as it relates to vendor payments, credit card reconciliation queries, and any other accounting matters.
  • Reconcile and post credit card charges for the North America team.
  • Assist with annual tax compliance by preparing relevant work papers such as branch trial balances and support schedules
  • Assist with external and internal audit requests
  • Track and maintain various operating leases in North America and Latin America for Group reporting.
  • Work collectively with the Group and Regional team to ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met.
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects such as process improvement projects, department goals and initiatives, and other special projects

Knowledge, Skills & Qualification Required:

  • 2 to 3+ years of Accounting experience
  • A proficient knowledge of financial accounting concepts
  • Detail-oriented and hands-on
  • Experience in financial statement preparation and general ledger accounting
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
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  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to interact with all levels including, but not limited to senior management, and outside parties
  • Proficient in business related software: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience with large scale ERP system
  • Experience with banking platforms desirable
  • Experience handling multiple currencies and exchange rates desirable.

Beneficial Experience (not required):

  • Professional Working Proficiency in Spanish

Perks & Benefits:

  • Private medical care
  • Private dental care
  • 401k contributions (Workplace pension)
  • Charity related projects
  • Women’s Network Club
  • Flexible working
  • Training
  • Wellbeing allowance
  • Holiday Purchase
  • Healthcare Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Savings/Spending Account (FSA)
  • Group Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Vision plan (Eyecare)
  • And many more…

More about us:

We are an equal opportunities employer. At John Laing, we value the unique skills, experiences and backgrounds of every employee, and have a wide range of D&I initiatives across the organisation. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.

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If you would like to apply for this vacancy, please send your CV to a member of our Recruitment team at jl.recruitment@laing.com

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