What's it like to be a Fund Accountant?
A Fund Accountant is a specialized career path for finance professionals. In this role, you oversee the daily accounting requirements for investment portfolios. These include but are not limited to, mutual, institutional, and hedge funds, real estate, and securities. In this role, you need mathematical, organizational, and analytical skills. As someone who works closely with other teams and investors, you should have strong communication and time management skills. Fund Accountants also need to be proficient in accounting software and tools.
Tasks and duties
- Handling a fund’s cash flow, assessing risks, and evaluating the fund’s activity.
- Developing new strategies based on risks and inefficiencies to improve a fund’s value.
- Preparing reports on a fund’s status as needed.
- Assisting in investor requirements.
To be a Fund Accountant, you need a degree and experience in accountancy. You also need to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Complete a bachelor degree in accountancy. This is the groundwork that will equip you with the knowledge you need in accounting, including finance and costs, accounting principles, and best practices.
Complete an internship or on-the-job training. This is typically required in an accountancy program.
Take the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination conducted by the Board of Accountancy and run by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
Gain experience in entry-level roles such as Junior Accountant, Accounting Associate, or Audit Associate.