Accounting Senior Specialist, Controls at John Hancock

Posted in General Business 4 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed? With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of US Segment Controls, the senior accountant plays a key role in the management and day-to-day execution of financial control procedures within the operations areas, accounting and actuarial shared service groups and operational risk framework, which includes:

SOX & MAR coordination

Design of controls and best practices

Liaison with operational financial controls

External audit coordination

Actuarial valuation controls

Reinsurance controls

Incident reporting

The position will provide opportunities to build on competencies such as design and implementation of controls, process documentation, collaboration and coordination across business areas including Audit Services and external audit, project management and developing knowledge of John Hancock operational and actuarial controls/processes.


  • Build effective relationships with the Insurance and Annuity operational leads, business unit/shared service actuaries, Audit Services, external auditors, and accounting shared service providers.

  • Compile the operational quality assurance on a quarterly basis to facilitate the review by key actuarial team members.

  • Effectively manage the SOX/MAR walkthroughs and quarterly and annual audits of the assigned business area/shared service while closely monitoring progress and responding to audit inquiries as needed. Provide regular status reports to the Director, Audit Services and external audit.

  • Compile the walkthrough documentation for SOX/MAR controls to external audit standards.

  • Assist in the assessment and review of the adequacy of controls and any deficiencies noted within the business area/shared service overall actuarial framework.

  • Collaborate with Audit Services to share best practices and maximize efficient and effective use of resources.

  • Present findings and recommendations to the business owners and Controls Director using strong written and verbal communication skills. Design solutions to manage risk and provide insight into processes and controls.

  • Coordinate the work required to support external auditors.

  • Drive the continuous improvement of the business area/shared service's controls framework, methodology, tools & reporting.

  • Maintain a high level of responsiveness to internal & external auditors, ensuring adherence to professional standards.

Job Requirements (Knowledge/Skills/Competencies):

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance or equivalent work experience, CPA preferred.

  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years accounting experience, public accounting experience a plus.

  • Working knowledge of SOX, MAR, and IFRS/NAIC accounting guidelines are a plus.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence management at various levels of the organization.

  • Detailed oriented with strong organization and project management skills. Excellent customer focus and a commitment to quality while still meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and recommendations orally and in writing, while considering the viewpoint of others.

  • Strong analytical and inquiry skills to understand operational and valuation processes and controls.

  • Self-motivated, ability to work independently and with teams at the Boston, Toronto, MBPS locations.

  • Strong computer skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

If you are ready to unleash your potential, it's time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About John Hancock and Manulife

John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife globally, including Canada, Asia and Europe. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were CAD$1.3 trillion (US$1.1 trillion) as of June 30, 2021. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at .

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports more than 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance , annuities , investments , 401(k) plans , and education savings plans . Additional information about John Hancock may be found at .

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife /John Hancock , we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention,advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour , ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process . All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies .To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact .

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