American Equity Head of Financial Reporting & Operations in West Des Moines, Iowa
GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
The Head of Financial Reporting & Operations is responsible for the oversight of GAAP-basis financial reporting and SEC reporting requirements for American Equity Investment Life Holding Company and subsidiaries, statutory-basis financial reporting for 3 life insurance companies, including quarter and annual statement filings, as well as audited statutory-basis financial statements and financial reporting for any offshore captive reinsurance companies and related entities. The incumbent additionally leads the company’s accounting operations functions, including accounts payable/receivable, reinsurance settlements and budget function.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Leads a diverse team of employees with responsibility for managing the employee life cycle and experience, including but not limited to, selection and retention of talent, continuous feedback and performance management, reward and recognition, corrective action and employee development.
Directs the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements, and ensures compliance with organizational standards and government regulations.
Oversees quarterly and annual process and reviews GAAP basis financial statements included in the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Qs.
Leads quarterly and annual process and reviews and prepares certain components of the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis included in the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Qs.
Reviews the Company’s XBRL tagging of the financial statements in the Form 10-K and 10-Qs.
Oversees and reviews quarterly investor supplements and investor presentations published as part of Company’s quarterly earnings releases.
Leads quarterly and annual processes and reviews statutory financial statements and audited statutory financial statements prepared by team.
Oversees process and reviews (and in certain cases may help prepare) financial statements for any offshore captive reinsurance companies and related entities.
Leads the enhancement of current budget/expense management process, including responsibility for developing and administering a company-wide budget process and tools.
Directs the accounts payable/receivable, reinsurance accounting and compensatory stock administration functions.
Reviews annual audited financial statements for the Company’s benefit plans.
Works with the accounting policy team on required footnote disclosures for new and emerging accounting standards on a GAAP and statutory-basis.
Assists with the financial close process in detailed review of key close related financial statement, certain key entries that impact the financial statements and certain analyses completed as part of the financial statement close process.
Works directly with our external auditors related to Form 10-K and 10-Qs and audited statutory financial statements.
Participates in the completion/submission/review of rating agency surveys and updates rating agency models. Also may be involved in corporate modeling process.
Reviews and interprets regulations and provides technical accounting guidance.
Collaborates with other members of the Finance team to align departmental strategy or direction with the overall goals of the company.
Establishes department functional policies, practices, and procedures and oversees and implements process improvement initiatives.
Accountable for prudent management of departmental expenses by establishing and monitoring a department budget in accordance with corporate guidelines.
May assist in ongoing projects in the actuarial, investment accounting and treasury areas.
Performs other related work as assigned.
Three (3) to four (4) managers overseeing the functional areas of GAAP and Statutory Reporting, expense management and operations.
General Description of Indirect Reports (2 and 3-downs):
Team of approximately 10-15 accounting professional and paraprofessionals.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field of study; plus ten (10) years of progressively responsible related financial reporting experience, including (5) in a leadership role; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Master’s or MBA beneficial.
Experience with Workiva reporting tools preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Deep knowledge of GAAP, SEC and Stat financial reporting practices and procedures.
High level knowledge of applicable actuarial concepts.
Strong customer service orientation.
Effective verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively respond to data requests from regulators, NAIC, external auditors, internal departments, etc.
Exceptional mathematical skills and strong attention to detail.
Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with employees, customers, and other outside third parties.
Strong organizational and planning skills.
Proficient in the use of MicroSoft Office Suite.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical/operational procedures.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.